Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Raven, Terror & Death!

It has been 162 years since Edgar Allan Poe's mysterious death, yet his words live on and continue to evoke a following today.  Richmond's own Edgar Allan Poe Museum has just unveiled "The Raven, Terror and Death: [An] Other Artistic Tribute to Edgar Allan Poe.  It is the United States debut of an art exhibit featuring more than sixty American and Mexican artists and their interpretations of Poe's 1845 classic poem "The Raven."

Select artists from both the United States and Mexico were challenged to interpret "The Raven" in honor of the Day of the Dead, Mexico's national holiday when families celebrate life by paying homage to loved ones who have died.  Coincidentally, "The Raven" was published in the same year that the United States annexed Texas, which led to the Mexican-American War in 1846.  The exhibit includes a variety of works--illustrations, paintings, commentaries on mortality, sculpture--and more.

During the years that Poe spent in Richmond, he frequently took walks through Shockoe Hill Cemetery to visit the grave of his first love, Jane Stanard, and the graves of his foster parents, John Allan and Frances Valentine Allan. The exhibit is included with museum admission ($5-$6) and will run through January 1.  Maury Place at Monument is just a short drive from the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument