Untitled (Sound Suit), 2011, Nick Cave (American, born 1959), fabric, sequins, embroidery, mannequin. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Pamela K. and William A. Royall, Jr.

3 in 30 PLUS: Dirty South

with Karen Getty & Robert Phanord

Tue, Jul 6 | 11–11:30 am

Join Karen Getty, VMFA’s lead educator for the exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, and Robert Phanord, the museum’s Performing Arts Coordinator, for a discussion of three works of art in the permanent collection that relate to the special exhibition.

Photo: Travis Fullerton © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Spring blooms in March 2012 outside Confederate Memorial Chapel on the campus of the Virgina Museum of Fine Arts.

Virtual Talk – The AfroDixieRemixes: A VMFA Listening Session

with John Sims, multimedia artist and producer and Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, VMFA

Fri, Jul 30 | 6–7:30 pm

Online Performance

John Sims’s audio-visual-poetic presentation subversively confronts the song “Dixie” (the anthem of the Confederacy). He remixes, remaps and cross-appropriates a collection of 14 tracks of the song performed in the style of the following Black-music genres: Spiritual, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, Funk Calypso, Samba, Soul, R&B, House, and Hip-Hop The recordings feature local musicians from Sarasota,…

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 | 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. This event will be recorded and posted to the…

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…

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

Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Every Wednesday, Starting May 26, 2021 | 5–9 pm

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest…

Virginia Arcadia Member Mornings

Mar 1 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Apr 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Jul 5 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Members will have exclusive access to the museum on select mornings to enjoy and engage with the VMFA collection and special exhibitions during a time when the museum is not open to the public. Member Mornings are open exclusively to VMFA members. We encourage you to bring guests every Wednesday evening during Member Appreciation Nights.…

3 in 30: The First Hundred Years of Photography

with Frank Saunders

Tue, April 6, 2021 | 11 am–11:30 am

Virtual

Join photo educator Frank Saunders as he discusses works from the current exhibition, Masterpieces From The VMFA Collection: The First Hundred Years of Photography, 1839-1939, by photographers, Timothy O’Sullivan, Eugene Atget, and Edward Weston. Learn their stories and why these works are considered masterpieces.

VMFA Youth & Family Studio Programs: Faculty & Staff Art Show 2021

January 23, 2021 – April 18, 2021

VMFA’s Youth and Family Studio Programs employs a team of more than 30 professional artists and educators to lead classes for students from the ages of five to seventeen. These studio instructors have varying academic and artistic backgrounds and specialize in a wide range of media, bringing diversity and expertise to our exciting programs. VMFA…

Raven Custalow

Artist Talk: Raven Custalow

with Raven Custalow

Fri, Apr 23, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Virtual

In 2020, Raven Custalow, Virginia Native artist of Mattaponi and Rappahannock ancestry and an enrolled member of the Mattaponi tribe, was commissioned by VMFA to create a feather-mantle titled Puttawus. Join the museum for a discussion about the work and the artist’s practice with Dr. Johanna Minich, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of Native American Art.