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END OF THE LINE, A MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION BY BILL RATCLIFFE

May 10- June 25th, 2022

The exhibition examines the final destination for most consumed goods, the landfill. “In the United States alone, an estimated total of 146 million tons of material went into landfills in 2018. Sites such as those featured in this body of work address aspects of the burial of solid waste,” says Ratcliffe, “as much as we love to buy things, no one wants to pay for their disposal. Many regional public landfills are self-funded.” 

This exhibit allows for the viewing of sites rarely seen by the general public. As Ratcliffe considers the spaces occupied by our waste, “they represent the idea of a magical place called away where things can be sent and forgotten. With examination, these places may help us to heal from our obsession to consume at all costs.”

Bill Ratcliffe, a native of southwestern Virginia, first worked in a darkroom in 1993 and went on to earn a BFA and MFA with a fine art photography concentration. He has since worked as a freelance photographer, exhibiting artist, and photography instructor. He has exhibited in numerous solo, group, and juried shows across the states, his images have been published in magazines in the US and the Philippines, and he has received numerous awards for his photography. 

 
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THE TWENTIES: VIRGINIAN WOMEN'S FASHIONS AFTER THE GREAT WAR

March 8 - April 26, 2022

“The Oris Glisson Historic Costume and Textile Collection is excited to partner with the Blacksburg Museum and Cultural Foundation, dedicating its main gallery space in the Alexander Black House to display women's garments from the late 1910s and 1920s. Not only will holding an exhibition off-campus make a selection of the collection's holdings more accessible to the local community but setting the exhibition in a historical and aesthetically pleasing venue will contribute to what we believe will be a very engaging historic clothing exhibition,” states curator Dina Smith-Glaviana, Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Design at Virginia Tech.

Flappers, bathtub gin, and the Charleston. Women of the “Roaring 20s” were removing their corsets, raising their hemlines, bobbing their hair, and fighting for their freedoms and the right to vote. The arrival of the Jazz Age in 1920s America, with music from New Orleans and Louis Armstrong, the rise of filmmaking, and Hollywood’s growing influence, along with an increase in 1920s fashion marketing, were re-shaping women’s roles and styles.

These cultural shifts were brought about by the technology of the mass-produced automobile, moving pictures, and cheap radio sets. These adjustments in popular taste were reflected in visual arts, music, literature, dance, and fashion. Women began taking off their corsets and wearing chemise dresses that no longer defined their waists but hung loosely from shoulder to knees. Costume jewelry became popular, along with sportswear designs, silk stockings, velvet, and furs. Rouged lips and increased use of makeup were fashionable.