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The Dirty South Weekend

Three days of performance and conversation celebrating a century of southern Black culture.

El Franco Lee II, DJ Screw in Heaven 2, 2016, acrylic on black canvas with cassette tape, 60 x 60 x 1 in. Courtesy of the artist

Immerse yourself in the sounds and stories of The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse with three days of performance, conversation, and celebration.

Enjoy free exhibition admission all weekend.

For one weekend only, we’re bringing together hip-hop artists, poets, scholars, and more for a multi-day event designed to explore the themes of The Dirty South like never before. From live music and performances to artistic insights and behind-the-scenes stories, you’ll experience with your whole self just what The Dirty South is all about. And, to help you do just that, we’re offering free admission to the exhibition all weekend long.

So come celebrate with us, and dive into the aesthetics, legacy, power, and complexity of the African American South. We hope to see you there.

The weekend may be over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t join us! Check out recordings of the weekend talks and events below.

Events

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

Hip hop super-duo Run the Jewels (featuring rapper and producer El-P and rapper Killer Mike) and Grammy award-winning artist Big Boi take the stage at the Momentary.

8pm (Doors open at 7 pm)

Exhibition Sponsors

The Dirty South is organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The Dirty South is sponsored at Crystal Bridges by Harrison and Rhonda French Family | Ramsay, Jaquita, and Sarah Ball | Catherine and Stephan Roche | Esther Silver-Parker | Deborah Wright.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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10th Anniversary Exhibition Season Sponsors

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The Dirty South Weekend: Opening Performance with Danny Simmons, Vernon Reid, and Dwayne Dolphin
Portrait of man in front of pattern on denim
Music/Performance

The Dirty South Weekend: Opening Performance with Danny Simmons, Vernon Reid, and Dwayne Dolphin

Great Hall
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$45 ($36 for members)
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The Dirty South Weekend: Introductory Artist Talk with Valerie Cassel Oliver
Curator Valerie Cassel Oliver standing in front of a table, on which a small sculpture sits
Talk/Lecture

The Dirty South Weekend: Introductory Artist Talk with Valerie Cassel Oliver

Great Hall
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FREE
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The Dirty South Weekend: ADAMA Artist Talks with Fahamu Pecou
Fahamu Pecou seated on a chair
Talk/Lecture

The Dirty South Weekend: ADAMA Artist Talks with Fahamu Pecou

Great Hall
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FREE
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The Dirty South Weekend: Artist Talk with Nick Cave
Artist Nick Cave in a blue suit
Talk/Lecture

The Dirty South Weekend: Artist Talk with Nick Cave

Great Hall
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$12 ($10 for members)
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The Dirty South Weekend: SLAB Car Culture Conversation
a white car sits in a gallery space
Talk/Lecture

The Dirty South Weekend: SLAB Car Culture Conversation

Great Hall
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FREE
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The Dirty South Weekend: Hip-hop Artist Conversation
hip-hop artist Joi Gilliam
Talk/Lecture

The Dirty South Weekend: Hip-hop Artist Conversation

Great Hall
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FREE
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The Dirty South Weekend: Walker Landing Performances, Hosted by Big Piph
Epiphany
Food/Drink
Music/Performance

The Dirty South Weekend: Walker Landing Performances, Hosted by Big Piph

Walker Landing
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FREE
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The Dirty South Weekend: Drop-in Artist Talks
Talk/Lecture

The Dirty South Weekend: Drop-in Artist Talks

Main Galleries
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FREE
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