Benjamin Wigfall & Communications Village / Sarah L. Eckhardt, Drew Thompson ; with additional essays by Richard Frumess, Tosha Grantham, Cynthia Hawkins, and Linda Holmes ; and contributions by Connie Choi, Robin Holder, Nuelle R. Johnson, Hallie Ringle, and Courtney Tkacz.

Eckhardt, Sarah L. [Browse]
  • Richmond, Virginia: VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, [2023]
  • ©2023
xii, 249 pages : illustrations (some color), facsimiles, portraits ; 32 cm


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Explore the life and legacy of Richmond native Benjamin Wigfall (1930-2017)-artist, educator, and champion of arts equity. In this first retrospective of his pioneering career, the exhibition highlights the period from his early years in Virginia in the 1950s to his founding of Communications Village, a community art space in Kingston, New York, in the 1970s. Learn about his Richmond roots in the Church Hill neighborhood, his stellar artistic achievements, and his lifelong commitment to building community. Through nearly 50 works of art by Wigfall, numerous video recordings, and a printmaking display, visitors will experience an intimate portrait of his artwork, impact, and legacy. -- Exhibition website.
"This catalogue accompanies the exhibition Benjamin Wigfall & Communications Village presented at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz, September 17-December 11, 2022; The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, June 17-September 10, 2023"--Title page verso.
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Includes bibliographical references.
  • Directors' forewords
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction / Sarah L. Eckhardt
  • Benjamin Wigfall and the Virginia museum of fine arts / Sarah L. Eckhardt
  • Benjamin Wigfall: Coming into the light of day at Hampton / Linda Holmes
  • Images not seen: The life and art of Benjamin Wigfall / Drew Thompson
  • Plates 1: Benjamin Wigfall retrospective
  • The story of communications village
  • Plates 2: Communications village artists
  • Historicizing African American abstraction, printmaking, and activism in 1960s and 1970s New York City / Cynthia Hawkins
  • Discovering Ben / Richard Frumess
  • An immediate connection: Interviewing Benjamin Wigfall / Tosha Grantham
  • Benny Andrews's interview with Benjamin Wigfall, 1976
  • Chronology / Nuelle R. Johnson
  • Selected bibliography / Courtney Tkacz
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Benjamin Wigfall and Communications Village
  • 9781934351239 ((hardcover))
  • 1934351237 ((hardcover))
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