Friday, October 04, 2013
Time: 5:30 PM–7:00 PM
Place: Conference Rooms, Free
The Library of Virginia and the Art Deco Society of Virginia are sponsoring a Roaring Twenties party to launch The Impersonator, Mary Miley's debut novel. Set against a Prohibition-era backdrop of speakeasies and vaudeville houses, the novel won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition. The event will feature dancing (Charleston lessons on request!) to music played on an antique Victrola (help crank the handle), a champagne reception, and Miley's talk on “Why the Roaring Twenties Is the Most Fascinating Decade in American History.” You are invited to wear your best '20s or '30s clothing and join us for a fun evening. The event begins at 5:30 PM with music and dancing lessons, followed by the author talk at 6:00 PM, then a book signing and reception with more music and dancing.
Dark Side: Night Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Saturday, October 05, 2013
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Exhibition Hall, Free
Night photography compels viewers to look at the world from a slightly different perspective. Dark Side: Night Photography In Virginia introduces us to the unique world of darkness and shadows. The exhibition surveys the many ways in which professional and amateur photographers have used their cameras over the past century to create compelling nocturnal images of the commonwealth. While it examines the materials and historic processes that made night photography possible, Dark Side, also introduces several contemporary Virginia photographers who are currently using it as an artistic medium.
The Importance of Being Cute: Pet Photography in Virginia
Monday, June 10, 2013 — Saturday, March 01, 2014
Time: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
Place: Lobby, Free
Photographs of animals dominate the web. From the cute to the ridiculous, millions of pet images are viewed and shared each day. The historical precedent for this online phenomenon can be found in The Importance of Being Cute. This entertaining exhibition focuses on the relationships that have existed between Virginians and their pets since the advent of photography. Vintage images from the Library of Virginia's collection allow visitors to explore more than a century and a half of pet photography, including photographs from Victorian cartes de visite, cabinet cards, and original glass plate negatives. Today's visitors will be able to participate by submitting a picture of their furry loved ones to become part of the exhibition.