In this talk and performance, artist Paul Rucker will share stories from REWIND — an ambitious installation that re-envisions historical events and links them to current issues of race, class, and injustice in America. Rucker will also present an excerpt from Stories from the Trees, a powerful multi-media cello performance that creates a live soundtrack for an animation based on vintage postcards of lynchings. To close the evening, Rucker and ICA Chief Curator Stephanie Smith will discuss the changing roles of artists and cultural institutions.

Rucker’s work will be featured in the ICA’s inaugural exhibition Declaration, opening October 28, 2017.

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Presented in conjunction with ROOTS Weekend-Richmond. Parking available at VCU’s Main Street lot located at 801 West Main Street.

Artist Bio
Paul Rucker is a visual artist, composer, and musician who often combines media, integrating live performance, sound, original compositions, and visual art. His work is the product of a rich interactive process, through which he investigates community impact, human rights issues, historical research, and basic human emotions surrounding particular subject matter. Much of his current work focuses on the prison-industrial complex and the many issues accompanying incarceration in its relationship to slavery. He has presented performances and visual art exhibitions across the country and has collaborated with educational institutions to address the issue of mass incarceration. Presentations have taken place in schools, active prisons, and inactive prisons such as Alcatraz.

He is a 2012 Creative Capital grantee in visual art as well as a 2014 Multi-Arts Production Fund grantee for performance. In 2013-15, he was the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation Artist in Residence and Research Fellow at the Maryland Institute and College of Art. In 2015, he was awarded a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors grant.

Inventing ICA
The Inventing ICA lecture series goes behind-the-scenes of the ICA’s work to launch a new art institute in Richmond, Virginia. Industry thought leaders will visit VCU for conversations with colleagues, students, and the general public.

Photo by Mike Morgan, ©Paul Rucker