Institute for Contemporary Art, Richmond

4.5
#22 of 26 in Museums in Richmond
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  • As others have noted, this is a small contemporary art museum. Three levels, with exhibitions which are built to the space and not permanent. I thought they were thought provoking. There were student ...  more »
  • New contemporary museum which is part of VCU. Please note there is no permanent collection so you need to make sure there is something on display you wish to see. This is the last weekend for the curr...  more »
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  • Awesome addition to The neighborhood. Architecture is cool and vibrant. The layout of the museum is nice, but I don't think they use it to their advantage. I was not impressed with the exhibits on display. We thought the lobby was more interesting!
  • The building is really cool looking. It's eye-catching, inside and out. Unfortunately, that's about the best thing here. There's just not enough gallery space. There's room for big installations (such as the large piece on the top floor), but so much interior space is lost to the open floorplan and vaulted ceilings that there isn't enough room for art. And that's a big problem for an art gallery. The theater is well-conceived, and a cafe/gift shop is conveniently just outside the theater doors. If you're coming here for a performance of some kind, it's probably just right. But I came to look at some modern art and left underwhelmed. The building has its own parking lot, but it is a paid lot. However, admission is free, so it balances out a bit. It's just as well because I wouldn't want to pay more than a couple of dollars to visit. There's just not much to see. The exhibits I saw were interesting, certainly, but too few. On a positive note the staff or docents are wonderful. They're friendly, available without hovering, and kind toward my small children. They were also thoughtful enough to let me know about one exhibit which had adult content before I took my kids up. Great people make even a boring place better. Also, the elevator is really cool.
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