Centennial Lecture Series: Caroline Milbank
A Grand Tour of the 1880s: Beulah's Adventures in Art (and Romance)
January 10 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Caroline Rennolds Milbank, a fashion historian and author, speaks about her ancestor Beulah Gould Branch as a young woman travelling abroad for the first time. From Beulah’s diaries and letters home come tales of adventure, danger, a growing passion for art, history and even flirtation.
January 14 - February 1
Laura Heyward has been drawing and painting for most of the last 40 years, working in oil, acrylic, pen and ink, printmaking, and collage. Several years ago, she began spending a day or two each month doing pen and ink illustrations of bouquets of flowers and plants from her yard to concentrate on a love of color.
Heyward draws inspiration from Arthur Dove, “it is more like poetry or writing which tries to describe through senses and emotion. It is personal.” This sentiment is also expressed through her more playful work — this short exhibit also contains some of her “cigar box creations”.
Centennial House Tour
January 20, 26 & February 9 | 2:00 PM
Join The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design for an architectural tour of its historic home, the Branch House. See rooms rarely opened to the public and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark.
Coloratura Returns Lecture
January 24 | Reception at 6:00 PM | Lecture at 6:30 PM
Coloratura will return on January 24th, to lecture on their work and the five pieces that remain at The Branch Museum: The Conjuror Revealed Panels!
BridgePark at the Branch
February 1 - March 4
The Branch Museum is pleased to present an exhibition of the exciting BridgePark project. BridgePark is an ambitious vision to create a world-class linear park running through both sides of downtown Richmond and across our beautiful James River, while engaging vital historical and natural sites along the route. The engaging 28-foot long architectural site model will be on display along with beautiful park renderings and exciting images highlighting the park plans.
BridgePark Family Day
February 2 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The exhibit opens with an invitation to families to view the scale model of downtown Richmond and participate in an interactive model-building activity, inspired by BridgePark’s “Learning By Design” educational curriculum. Materials and prompts will be provided for kids young and old to build their own parks with the help of professional designers
Peter Culley Lecture
"Mounds, Compounds, Sheds and Monoliths: Searching for the solution on the idiosyncratic
February 7 | 6:00 PM
London architect Peter Culley will present a lecture on his work from the time of the VMFA where he was project architect for Rick Mather Architects in the Rick Mather + SMBW collaboration, then on to various works of quite varied scales in New York, Memphis, rural Virginia, Los Angeles and London for his own practice, Spatial Affairs Bureau, before coming back to Richmond for the ambitious downtown BridgePark initiative. Peter’s studio has a reputation for interrogating the principles of a project and also the boundaries of the disciplines it operates within.
February 16 - April 20
This exhibit collects the designs of Richmond region high school students for the next monument on Monument Avenue. The narratives, sketches, and sculptures shown here address issues of representation in public statuary, heroism, and visions for an Avenue that reflects the values of its youngest community members.
Storefront for Community Design + the mOb Studio have asked Richmond region high school students to design the next monument on Monument Avenue. On display will be models of each students’ monuments, a sketch of their monument, and a short written narrative defending their design choices and figures.
A companion exhibit is on display at The Valentine.
Centennial Lecture Series: James B. Garrison
"The Branch House and John Russell Pope's Inspirations from England
February 21 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
James Garrison, an architect with over 35 years of experience in historic preservation will speak about the important role of The Branch House in Richmond’s history as well as its importance for the legacy of its architect John Russell Pope. Garrison’s work has included research and restoration work on many National Historic Landmark structures including the National Gallery of Art and several state capitols. He is the author of “Mastering Tradition, The Residential Architecture of John Russell Pope.”
Historic Richmond Lectures: Revitalization in Historic Neighborhoods
February 28 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
A thought-provoking and relevant panel discussion focused on how historic preservation and affordable housing work hand-in-hand to “keep the neighborhood in the neighborhood.” Join us as we explore innovative approaches to maintaining affordability in revitalizing historic neighborhoods, including enhanced community outreach and partnerships between historic preservationists and housing nonprofits.
Marion Cake, Director of Neighborhood Revitalization, project:HOMES
Nick Feucht, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief Administrative Officer for Economic Development and Planning
Julie Langan, Director of the Virginia Department of Historic Resources
Historic Richmond Lectures: Colonial Revival - The Historian's Perspective on an Enduring American Architectural Aesthetic
HUMBUG: The Great PT Barnum Seance
March 8 - 17
It was a sold-out hit at the Peale Museum in Baltimore, and in Richmond this fall. Now Richmond audiences have A SECOND CHANCE to experience this unique performance that’s unlike anything you’ve seen before, in partnership with Firehouse Theater.
Hear the incredible true stories of Barnum’s life, experience Spirit Communication, bring Barnum and his cast of characters back to life!
*along with reproductions, facsimiles, fakes, frauds, and completely fabricated items.
Centennial Lecture Series: Robert Winthrop
"The Branch Family and the Meanings of Monument Avenue to Its Original Residents"
March 14 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Twenty-first century Richmonders struggle with Monument Avenue’s meaning. The street has always sent different signals to different communities. Early residents saw both the future and the past in its composition.
Palladio, Lecture by Gary Paul
March 21 | 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Ten excursions to the Veneto and several more to other Italian destinations, and with additional explorations across the globe, Gary traces the influence of Palladio’s architecture through architects, architectural styles, and popular culture well into the late 20th Century.
Historic Richmond Lecture: Colonial Revival - The Historian's Perspective on an Enduring American Architectural Aesthetic
March 28 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Known for the dignity of symmetrical facades and accentuated front entrance ways, Colonial Revival has been a popular choice for residential and public architecture since the 19th century. Join us as Richard Guy Wilson, author of multiple works focusing on Colonial Revival architecture, discusses the origins, evolution and importance of this style on a national level, as well as some of its regional variations, including those in Virginia.
Richard Guy Wilson, Commonwealth Professor, Architectural History, University of Virginia School of Architecture
A City Personified: City Historical Maps
April 1 - June 24
Cities are designed, but their ultimate plan can evolve outside of a planned design. We will begin an exploration of urban planning and city design through historic Richmond city maps that illustrate how cities are designed and grow.
Pulling from the archives of the City of Richmond Department of Planning and Review, historical maps will be displayed, showcasing how our city has grown and changed through the decades. From its burning at the end of the Civil War, to turn-of-the-century annexation, to the highway system in the 1950s, to 21st century modernization for the new millennium, the city has continued to change year after year.
Centennial Lecture Series: Susan Piedmont-Palladio
"Drawing toward the World: Otto Eggers and the National Gallery of Art"
April 25 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Susan Piedmont-Palladino, Director of Virginia Tech’s Washington Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC), and a consulting curator and writer with the National Building Museum in Washington will speak about Otto Eggers—a partner of John Russell Pope. Eggers was another outstanding professional involved in the design and execution of The Branch House. Pope’s partner, Eggers completed the National Archives, the Jefferson Memorial and the West Building of the National Gallery of Art commissions after Pope’s death in 1937.
Brunch at the Branch 2019
April 27 | 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design cordially invites you to Brunch at The Branch, a ceremony and brunch reception to recognize 2019 Virginia by Design awardees.
Mark Olinger Lecture: Mapping Richmond, the Story of the City on Vellum
May 9 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Please join Mark A. Olinger, Director of the City’s Department of Planning & Development Review, as we go through a survey of prior plans and see what could have been, what was, and what, thankfully, never occurred – all with an eye toward design and placemaking.
Centennial Lecture Series: Susan Rawls, Ph.D.
"Decadent Digs: Gilded Age Bedrooms, 1880-1920"
May 30 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
From the 1880s Aestheticism of VMFA’s Worsham-Rockefeller bedroom to the 1910s neoclassicism of Beulah Branch’s boudoir, the Gilded Age was remarkable for an eclecticism reflective of both technological advances and socio-economic change. This talk considers the content and context of patronage and taste that shaped elite bedrooms of the era.
Architecture Camp 2019
June 17 - August 9 | 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Architecture Camp is a program for students ranging in sessions for 1st-8th Graders. The program uses the Branch House as a learning tool and art object. Camp curriculum explores all steps of the building and design process using Virginia Standards of Learning and STEAM principals that drive education today. Campers work with different materials and learn about building techniques, methods of construction, observation techniques, and figurative sketching while using the Branch House as a workshop.
Learn about Richmond’s rich architectural history and contemporary architecture
Use inventive and resourceful design to improve their quality of life and impact their community Be introduced to design related careers and professional opportunities
$300 per camper
Sixty Years of Italian Design 1940-2000
July 11 - Septepmber 15
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design proudly introduces Sixty Years of Italian Design 1940-2000, an exhibition of iconic contemporary Italian pieces. Maurice Beane, one of the region’s most prominent dealers and collectors, will curate the exhibit and showcase works from his private collection amassed over 40 years. The exhibition opens Thursday, July 11th with a reception from 6-9 p.m. Work will remain on view from July 11 until September 15, 2019.
The 1940-2000 survey presents a wide range of characteristic objects from the 60-year period: furniture, ceramics, Murano glass, works on paper. In addition, selected pieces from the private–and rarely seen–collection of Frances Lewis are among the exhibition highlights. Lewis and her late husband, Sydney, were among the earliest and most discerning collectors of Memphis Milano and Studio Alchimia.
Principal artists on view will include Osvaldo Borsani, Cesar Lacca, Joe Colombo, Ettore Sottsass, Carlo Malnati, and Gaetano Pesce. Other artists represented are: Alessandro Mendini, Fulvio Bianconi, Gio Ponti, Achille Castiglioni, Marcello Fantoni, Guido Gambone, Cesare Lacca, AldoTura, Piero Sartogo, Piero Fornasetti, Ettore Sottsass, Matteo Thun, and Barovier & Toso.
Wine and Design: Sixty Years of Italian Design 1940-2000
July 14 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us for an exclusive Italian wine tasting and experience our summer exhibition.
Wine and Design: Sixty Years of Italian Design 1940-2000
July 14 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us for an exclusive Italian wine tasting and experience our summer exhibition.
July 25 - August 4 | 4:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Our latest venture with our partner Fireside Theater! A new interactive theatre experience written and performed by Dante Piro. THE VERGE is an interactive theatrical experience that will not just have you on the edge of your seat, but out of it. The choices are yours and yours alone — the results are not. Will you be satisfied?
$20 adv / $30 day of
August 17 | 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
For almost 60 years, Lamborghini has been a leading name in luxury high-performance cars. If you’ve ever wanted to see one of these beautiful Italian cars up close, and even have your picture taken with one, then come see the several Lamborghinis (new and classic) that will grace our back gardens!
Jay Barrow Gallery Talk
August 22 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Jay Barrows is curator of the Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection. Many pieces from that collection are featured in our exhibition 60 Years of Italian Design. Join Barrows for a private talk focused on the Lewis pieces. He will tell stories about the pieces in our exhibition as well as his years of working with Sydney and Frances Lewis.
Max Mara Fashion Show at the Branch with Saks Fifth Avenue
September 5 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Celebrate Italian fashion design! Saks Fifth Avenue will present the Max Mara Fall Collection in a private fashion show at The Branch. Sip a glass of wine, enjoy the exhibition and marvel at the Max Mara designs. It’s a great way to celebrate the best of Italian design! Thank you to Patsy Pettus for sponsorship of this event!
Maurice Beane Gallery Talk
September 12 | 6:30 PM - 7:40 PM
Maurice Beane, of Richmond, is an artist, art dealer and collector who is regionally based and nationally known for his deep knowledge and experience in the field of design. He is a renowned furniture designer and architectural metalworker. Join Maurice for a private talk and tour of the exhibit that he curated.
Hiding in Plain Sight: The Architecture of Charles M. Robinson
October 3, 2019 - January 5, 2020
The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design is pleased to announce, “Hiding in Plain Sight: The Architecture of Charles M. Robinson,” an exhibition exploring the life and works of one of Virginia’s most prolific architects. The exhibit (October 3, 2019-January 5, 2020) will feature architectural renderings, photographs, and ephemera pertaining to the life and works of the architect Charles M. Robinson, whose career spanned from 1889 to 1932. The exhibit has a particular focus on Robinson’s prolific work on the design of educational facilities in Virginia.
In 1889, at the age of 22, Charles M. Robinson established his first architectural firm in Pennsylvania, where he designed over 60 buildings. In 1906, Robinson returned to his native Virginia and established his independent architectural firm in Richmond. During his long career, Robinson amassed commissions for the designs of hundreds of buildings across the Commonwealth, specializing as a school architect for institutions including, but not limited to, The College of William & Mary, University of Richmond, James Madison University, University of Mary Washington, Virginia State University, and the public school systems for localities such as Richmond, Henrico, and Portsmouth, among others. He was the official school architect for public school districts throughout Virginia and revolutionized approaches to school design that served to advance health and economy. Many of Robinson’s designs are familiar to Richmond residents as part of their day-to-day experiences, though probably without their knowledge—hidden in plain sight.
Ed Slipek Gallery Talk
October 17 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Explore the many architectural treasures in Richmond that were designed by this prolific and talented architect in the early 20th Century. Guests will have an opportunity before the talk to explore The Branch Museum’s newest exhibition, Hiding in Plain Sight: The Architecture of Charles M. Robinson.
Tickets $20, Members $10
Hugh Miller Retrospective Talk
October | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us on October 21st for a moderated interview with Hugh C. Miller FAIA, FAPT. Moderated by Donna Dunay, FAIA, DPACSA from Virginia Tech’s School of Architecture + Design, the evening will explore Hugh’s career as the National Park Service’s 2nd Chief Historical Architect between 1979 and 1988. During that tenure, he was the Park Service’s Executive Architect for the restoration of the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Independence Hall, and principal steward of many nationally-significant historic buildings and landscapes in the Service’s care.
Tickets $25 – $100
Frank Harmon Lecture
November 21 | 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Native Places, the book, is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches – of buildings, landscapes and cityscapes, everyday objects and ordinary places — paired with brief essays inspired by those sketches. The sketches, some as much as 30 years old, convey the delight he finds in each subject.
Frank Harmon Workshop
November 23 | 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Harmon will show participants how to look more closely at the particulars of a place and the nuances of objects within that place, then express their observations more clearly through sketching.
Holiday House Tours
December 7, 14, & 17 | 11:00 PM
Join The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design for an architectural tour of its historic home, the Branch House as it would have looked during the holidays.See rooms rarely opened to the public, learn how the Branch family celebrated the holidays, and discover the distinctive architectural features that make this Tudor-Revival home, designed by renowned architect John Russell Pope, an important historic and cultural landmark.
Tickets $10; free for members
Palladio in Southern England and the American Connection with Calder Loth
December 12 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Architectural Historian Calder Loth recently toured southern England with The Center for Palladian Studies, exploring a dozen major 18th and 19th -century landmarks inspired by Andrea Palladio’s buildings and his 1570 treatise I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura, This masterwork greatly influenced the character of English classicism as royalty, nobility and gentry built grand buildings to signal their prominence and display their wealth. Additionally, Mr. Loth will compare these buildings with American and specifically Virginia architectural works also influenced by Palladio’s Four Books.
Gingerbread House Workshop
December 15 | 2:00 PM
Families can help design Santa’s Village at the North Pole with gingerbread houses and other sweet structures of their making. Participants can literally feed your imagination with tasty treats as they build! Holiday snacks included. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.
The Branch Centennial Celebration
December 19 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Step back in time to 1919 and celebrate as the Branches would have on their first Christmas in the house. The 18th amendment for Prohibition was passed in January of 1919 and was going into effect a year later. As you can imagine, by Christmas people would have been celebrating like it was their last. The Branches had preparations underway…imagine false walls and hidden storage in an elevator shaft.
A hundred years later, let’s take their holiday spirit and party like it’s 1919.
Help us celebrate this architectural gem with libations, vintage decorations, returning treasures and a few surprises. Join us in support and preservation of the Branch House.