Conservation on Display

Wed, Sep 18, 12:30–3 pm

Third-floor outside of the South Asian Galleries

Join Senior Conservation Technician, Dan Brisbane, for a discussion about the efforts to conserve the framing of artworks, including matting, glazing materials, backing board and other materials.

3 in 30: The Picture Book Hook

Tue, Oct 8 | 11–11:30 am

Thu, Oct 10 | 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Children’s picture books often provide fascinating insights into artists and their work. Come and discover how beautifully illustrated children’s books can inspire investigations of Dave the Potter, Mary Cassatt’s Child Picking a Fruit, and Sergei Maliutin’s “Teremok” Chair

Paul Mellon Lecture: Seeing with the Impressionists

with Dr. Jennifer Thompson, The Gloria and Jack Drosdick Curator of European Painting & Sculpture & Curator of the John G. Johnson Collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Sun, Nov 11, 2:00–3:00 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Claude Monet once advised a young artist to “paint . . . just as it looks to you,” yet he and his fellow Impressionists did more than simply observe and record the world around them—they carefully selected points of view, materials, and graphic tools such as cropping or unexpected perspectives. Dr. Jennifer Thompson will explore…

Edward Hopper and the Space In Between

with Dr. Sarah Powers, Curatorial Research Specialist for the exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Tue, Dec 3, 1 – 2:30 pm

Thu, Dec 5, 6 – 7:30 pm

Conference Suite & Galleries

Edward Hopper divided his time between his New York studio, located on Washington Square, and a cottage he built on a beach in South Truro, in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The act of shuttling between these two sites of creativity meant that Hopper developed a love for the road and mobility at a time when our…

Curator’s Choice – “His was an Unselfish Service”: John Barton Payne and the Founding of VMFA

with Dr. Susan J. Rawles, Associate Curator of American Painting and Decorative Art

Tue, Sept 10 | 6:00 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

On Thursday, January 16, 1936, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts opened its doors for the first time. The occasion marked the culmination of more than sixteen years of effort that began in December 1919 with a gift of artworks from Judge John Barton Payne. A century on, join Dr. Susan J. Rawles, Associate Curator…

Member Mondays: Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Nov 4, Dec 2, Jan 13, Feb 3

Enjoy a series of four special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view Edward Hopper and the American Hotel on a night the museum is closed to the general public. Members are encouraged to bring up to two guests (per membership). Mon, Nov 4 Mon, Dec 2 Mon, Jan 13 Mon, Feb 3…

Member Preview: Edward Hopper and the American Hotel

Oct 24–25

Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Check in to Edward Hopper’s hotels, motels, tourist homes, and boarding houses in this first investigation of the celebrated artist’s images of hospitality settings. Culturally probing and formally beguiling, the selected paintings and works on paper explore America’s hotel consciousness and cultural landscape in the early to mid-20th century. At VMFA, the exhibition’s only East…

An Evening with Lonnie Holley: Film, Talk and Performance

Thu, Sep 26 | 6–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Join us September 26 as we welcome Lonnie Holley to the Leslie Cheek Theater. Beginning at 6 we will view Lonnie’s recent Sundance film I Snuck Off the Slave Ship. Following the film, we will get to hear Lonnie talk about his art as well as enjoy a live performance of his music with his…

Jazz Around the Museum – Jazz Festival Opening Night

Aug 8 | 6–9 pm

The Atrium

Open and Free to the public. Sponsored by Dominion Energy and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, in conjunction with the Richmond Jazz Society. Featuring Livemixx, this event is held in conjunction with the opening of the Jazz Festival.

Tirthankar Mahavir’s Journey towards Enlightenment & Moksha

Aug 22 | 6:30–7:30pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Join us for a presentation of Indian Dances performed by local artists inspired by the life of Tirthankar Mahavir, born 599 BCE. Lord Mahavir was an enlightened being who practiced Jainism, an Indian religion teaching a path to spiritual purity and enlightenment through disciplined nonviolence. This original production combines Raas-Garba (an Indian folk dance style)…