European Art Gallery

Gallery Talk: European Art

with Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art

Wed, Dec 1 | 11am–12pm


Join Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art, for a walk-through of the European Art Galleries.

Aspens, Northern New Mexico, 1958, printed 1973–75, Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund

Ansel Adams: America – Opening Talk and Performance

with Dr. Christopher C. Oliver, the Bev Perdue Jennings Assistant Curator of American Art, VMFA, and Michael Jefry Stevens

Fri, Sep 24, 2021 | 6–7:30 PM


The in-person event has sold out. Please register to attend the free live stream of the event. Celebrate the opening of the special exhibition Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature with excerpts of “Ansel Adams: America,” composed by Chris and Dave Brubeck and performed by pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens, as a tribute to one of America’s…

Dancers performing at Latin America Family Day

VMFA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Join the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! VMFA proudly serves diverse communities in the greater Richmond area and throughout the Commonwealth. To honor its commitment to inclusion of people of Hispanic heritage and the broader Latinx community, VMFA continuously expands its offerings of educational and cultural experiences to include…

Curator’s Opening Talk – Man Ray: The Paris Years

with with Dr. Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Fri, Oct 29, 2021 | 6:30—7:30pm


This lecture focuses on the innovative portrait photographs that Man Ray (the pseudonym of Emmanuel Radnitzky) made in the French capital between 1921 and 1940. In the early decades of the 20th century, Paris became famous as a powerful and evocative symbol of artistic freedom and daring experimentation, drawing a large number of artists, architects,…

Virtual Family Day – Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Puerto Rico

Welcome to VMFA’s VIRTUAL FAMILY DAY EVENT Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Puerto Rico Sep 11, 2021 – Oct 31, 2021 Exploring Our Virtual Event Welcome to Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Puerto Rico Family Day! This year, we are excited to host both our virtual and in-person Family Day event (taking place…

5th Annual Pocahontas Reframed Film Festival

Fri–Sun, Nov 19–21, 2021


The East Coast’s Premier Native American Film Festival Presented at VMFA in its entirety. Events run all day and include films, panel discussions, Family Events, and prominent Native American filmmakers, performers, artists, and speakers. Friday: 10 am–9 pm Saturday: 9 am–8:30 pm w/Family Events in the morning Sunday: 10 am–6:45 pm Then the 2nd Annual…

3 in 30: Death and Burial in the Ancient World

with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art

Join Courtney Morano, Interpretation Manager as she explores three different forms of burial from the ancient Mediterranean world. Learn how belief and practice came together and changed over time. 3 in 30: Death and Burial in the Ancient World – In Person Tue, Oct 5, 2021, 11—11:30 am | Meet at Visitor Services Free, no…

Dirty South Virtual Lecture & Performance – Bodies of Music, Songs of Magic

with Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Online through Zoom

In this multimedia presentation, narration, photographs, visual art, and dynamic performances illustrate the central role Black music has played in American history. Covering the antebellum period to the present, the program demonstrates the power and importance of this musical tradition in shaping American identities and culture. Presented by

From Asterisks in Dockery, 2012, Rodney McMillian (American, born 1969), vinyl, thread, wood, paint, light bulb. Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles. Image: © Robert Wedemeyer

The Dirty South Virtual Speaker Series

VMFA is hosting a series of talks in conjunction with the special exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. These bi-weekly virtual conversations between scholars, curators, and visual and musical artists explore poetry, visual and sonic culture, contemporary southern hip-hop, and legacies of traditional southern aesthetics. All events will be…