Madame Zoe's: an installation by Thea Duskin & Noah Scalin


  • Chop Suey Books 2913 West Cary Street Richmond, VA, 23221 United States

Now through October 31st!

Chop Suey Books presents Madame Zoe’s, a new installation by Thea Duskin & Noah Scalin. 

Madame Zoe’s is a historical recreation of the home & parlor of Madame Zoe (neé Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins) who was a psychic advisor and palmist working on Hull Street Road in Richmond’s Southside from the 1940s until her death in 1976. 

In addition, Circe Moss Mallory, a disciple of Zoe’s has agreed to a residency in the space and will be providing readings free of charge at various times throughout the length of the installation. Jake “Pepper” Malloy will also be present to provide more detail regarding the installation.

After bringing to light the lesser known Richmond figure, Kenton J. Stanfield, in their previous installation at Chop Suey Books, Thea Duskin & Noah Scalin are proud to once again give a local character some much needed recognition.

Fans of author Tom Robbins (who lived in Richmond in the late 1950’s) may recognize Madame Zoe’s name from her fictionalized version featured in his book Even Cowgirls Get The Blues.

Working with researchers Alane Cameron Miles & Phil D. Ford, Duskin & Scalin poured over historical documents and photographs to create a highly accurate recreation of Zoe’s work & living space, featuring several authentic artifacts provided by her living descendants. 

Miles & Ford will also be making available a reproduction of a psychic handbook belonging to Madame Zoe. It is a collection of booklets and handouts she gathered at various meetings in Richmond during her career. The handbook will be of interest to those who like divining practices, Richmond memorabilia, or personal ephemera since it does include some of her notes.

Madame Zoe’s will be on display from April 15 through October 31, whenever Chop Suey Books is open. An opening reception will be held Friday, April 15 from 6-8pm and is FREE and open to the public. 

Madame Zoe’s
Chop Suey Books
April 15 - October 31, 2016
Monday-Thursday, 10 am to 7 pm
Friday & Saturday, 10 am to 8 pm
Sunday, 12 pm to 7 pm


Noah Scalin is an artist & author. He is the creator of the Skull-A-Day project, which was published as a monograph by Chop Suey Books Books. 

Thea Duskin is co-owner of Ghostprint Gallery and an artist.

Alane Cameron Miles is the host of Death Club Radio, a freelance writer, and a hospice chaplain.

Phil D. Ford is an author and editor for the Richmond Macabre stories, DJ of Friday Clock Out and co-host of Death Club Radio on WRIR, and guitarist for the band Get in the Car.