James River Film Festival: Dawson City: Frozen Time

Sat, Mar 17, 2018
10:30 am–1 pm

Cheek Theater

A cinema enthusiast’s delight, Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016; 120 min) pieces together the bizarre true story of a collection of some 500 films, dating from 1910s–1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. Using these permafrost protected, rare silent films…

Desiree Roots

Desiree Roots & Friends

Thu, Feb 8, 6–9 pm

Marble Hall

Dominion Energy Jazz Cafe: Jazz around the Museum Desiree’s voice has been heard from Maine to Miami, Baltimore to Brazil, and Virginia to the Virgin Islands.  This triple-threat performer’s first love of jazz keeps her busy.  Celebrating her CD, Don’t Ever Stop Dreaming, she brings a mixture of straight-ahead jazz and contemporary classics with her…

Above the Drowning Sea

James River Film Festival: Above the Drowning Sea

with René Balcer, Co-Director, and Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, Co-Executive Producer

Thu, Mar 15, 6:30–9 pm

Cheek Theater

This will be the Virginia premiere of René Balcer’s new documentary, Above the Drowning Sea (2017; 88 mins), the epic story of the dramatic escape of thousands of Jewish refugees from Austria to the welcoming sanctuary of Shanghai, China, on the eve of World War II. Chinese diplomat Ho Feng Shan heroically defied the Nazis…

Still Life, Black Mountain College, 1951, Cy Twombly

3 in 30: Shared Artistic Roots

with Jeffrey Allison, Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions

Tue, Apr 3, 11–11:30 am

Thu, Apr 5, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

“There are a number of things that set Southern artists apart from anyone else,” said photographer Sally Mann regarding her relationship with painter Cy Twombly. Discover on this tour Twombly and Mann’s deep connection to the place where they lived and created their art.

Number 15, Jackson Pollock

3 in 30: Luck (of the Draw)

with Colleen Yarger, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections

Tue, Mar 6, 11–11:30 am

Thu, Mar 8, 6:30–7 pm

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There are many types of luck: good luck, bad luck, beginner’s luck, the list could go on… Join Colleen Yarger, Curatorial Assistant for the Mellon Collections, for a gallery talk that will explore the concept of luck across time from coin tosses to rabbit’s feet to the artistic design process.

Animators at work

Animating the Past: Bringing the Horse to Life in Ancient Greek Art

Thu, Mar 29, 6–8 pm

Evans Court Galleries

Explore the special exhibition The Horse in Ancient Greek Art with curator, Dr. Peter Schertz and VCU Kinetic Imaging students as they share tips and animation processes they learned while creating animated scenes inspired by artwork featured in the exhibition. Try your hand at your own Greek art-inspired animations led by members of VMFA’s College…

Band Cup, Attributed to the Workshop of Hermogenes, inspiration for poetry

Poetry Reading with Ron Smith

Thu, Apr 19, 2018
6:30–7:30 pm

Evans Court Galleries

Join poet and author, Ron Smith, in the special exhibition The Horse in Ancient Greek Art as he reads poetry that was inspired by artwork featured in the exhibition. Smith, poet laureate of Virginia from 2014 to 2016, is also the author of four books and is currently writer-in-residence at St. Christopher’s School, where he…

The Horse in East Asian and Ancient Art

with Li Jian, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art and Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann  Frable Curator of Ancient Art, VMFA

Fri, Mar 2, 11 am-noon

Reynolds Lecture Hall

Join VMFA curators for a discussion of how the imagery of the horse translates across Ancient and East Asian cultures. This program will highlight works of art from the permanent collection and the two special exhibitions, Terracotta Army: Legend of the First Emperor of China and The Horse in Ancient Greek Art.

Cats in Print

with Mary Holland, The Thomas C. Gordon, Jr. Director of the Studio School

Tue, Feb 13, 11 am-12 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Join Mary Holland, The Thomas C. Gordon, Jr. Director of the Studio School, for an exploration of works in the special exhibition, Steinlen: Cats.

National African American Read-In 2018

Thu, Feb 22, 4-7pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Celebrate Black History Month! As a part of the 28th annual National African American Read-In, leaders from the community share African and African American literature related to works in the permanent collection. The VMFA Library will also be open on this night for extended hours with works from the archives relating to the artist Chester…