Photo courtesy Candela Books + Gallery
Native Richmonder Louis Draper moved in 1957 to New York City, where he became a friend of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes, documented civil rights issues and recorded travels to Russia, Senegal and elsewhere. Draper's sister, Nell Draper-Winston, became the executor of his estate upon his 2002 death, and with her colleague Cheryl Pelt, she partnered with Candela Books + Gallery for "Louis Draper: Retrospective," Jan. 10 to Feb. 22. The first-of-its-kind exhibition is part of "Race, Place and Identity," a series of Richmond events highlighting civil rights and social justice. 402-9261 or candelabooks.com .
Also included in the series is "Signs of Protest: Photographs from the Civil Rights Era," at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from Jan.11 to Aug. 3, with images of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X and Stokely Carmichael. 340-1400 or vmfa.state.va.us .
From Jan. 17 to March 9, Virginia Commonwealth University's Anderson Gallery will also present "LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital." Frazier photographed her family in the former steel town of Braddock, Pa., to chronicle the fallout when factories shut down and move, leaving people stranded in poverty and disease from industrial pollution. 828-1522 or arts.vcu.edu/andersongallery .