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A student visits Picasso

While attending a Picasso exhibition in Paris during the summer of 1955, Frederick Baldwin–a young American journalism student from Columbia University–asked: why not visit the artist instead? “I wanted to see Pablo Picasso. I don’t suppose that anybody felt less qualified or had less of an excuse than I did. But to me he was…

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Guitar music inspired by Picasso

The Richmond Guitar Quartet and special guest Adam Larrabee will preform a FREE guitar concert featuring new compositions of pieces by composers such as Ravel, Satie, and Severac as well as contemporary compositions such as Chick Corea’s “Spain.” Advance tickets are required and can be reserved by calling Visitor Services at 804.340.1405 or buy online.

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A Picasso-inspired musical performance

The Richmond Symphony is offering a free concert in April 14 at 7 p.m. in the Cochrane atrium. The program celebrates the wealth of creative activity that marked Paris in the early 20th century. Using the Picasso exhibition as the beginning of a colorful journey, the Symphony will perform music by composers whose works were…

James River Film Festival this week at VMFA

It started 18 years ago as the brainchild of Mike Jones, VCU film teacher and former owner of the legendary Biograph Theater here in Richmond. It was conceived as a non-profit showcase for very significant film-related events drawn primarily from the world of independent and avant garde cinema, and has certainly lived up to the…

Septimius Sevrus film nominated for award

In 1967 the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquired a monumental statue of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus. The statue had once belonged to the famous 17th-century Italian collector Vincenzo Giustiniani (1564–1637), who displayed it with his extensive collection of ancient art. But in the late 1960s, scholars questioned whether any or all of the…

  Images of cats are plentifully in evidence in VMFA’s exhibition: A Celebration of Print: 500 years of Graphic Art from the Frank Raysor Collection. The exhibition runs until May 22nd in the Mellon Focus Galleries. Admission to the exhibition is free. Here are three of my favorite cats from the show: Cornelis de Visscher…

Ram fever, available for purchase at VMFA

You asked and we heard! In honor of our mighty VCU Rams, the VMFA shop has several collectable items for sale for those with Ram Fever, each uniquely appropriate to the museum’s collection and to Virginia. Marvel at this Faberge-inspired ram locket with ram charm. Every Imperial egg in VMFA’s collection has a surprise inside,…