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Mon Oncle: Both a Scathing Critique and Fanciful Delight

Friday Films is presenting yet another movie milestone this week at 6:30. Winner of a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958) will screen in VMFA’s grand Leslie Cheek Theater. Tati’s reputation as a darling of world art house cinema pretty much rests on his career output of 5 precious feature films…

Jazz Cafe

Bystander

VMFA guest, Carolyn Gabb, was recently inspired during one of our Jazz Café evenings and composed this poem describing her fifty-five year relationship with the museum. BYSTANDERCarolyn GabbIn a chair by the window,Glass of wine in hand, I watch the band.Reflectively…in a pane of glass across the room.Tens of circular tables captureconversations and stories,lives of individuals,a core…

Inspiring, fantastic film is an intelligent delight

Do you like your fantasy movies serving-up the same old, tired routine? Over-bearing CGI effects? Loud, distorted, blaring music? Explosions? Mechanical monsters smashing into each other? Silly and utterly contrived arrays of phony-baloney characters and super heroes who stretch the imagination and plausibility only as far as a juvenile on an amped-up energy beverage? OR…

Cool off with “Some Like it Hot!”

Some Like It Hot will “run wild” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this Friday at 6:30PM and in glorious black & white. If you are searching for the perfect summer entertainment — and who is not? — this part gangster picture and mostly hilarious comedy is the movie to see. Follow two hapless…

Reids

Learn behind-the-scenes insights at Friday Films

Actors Tim Reid and Daphne Maxwell Reid, accompanied by their colleague, producer Hugh Wilson, will appear and screen three of their favorite episodes of “Frank’s Place” for VMFA’s ongoing Friday Films. VMFA is proud to invite you to attend this Friday at 6:30PM in the Leslie Cheek Theater for a very unique and special event.…

Hollywood actor appearing at VMFA Friday, July 2

Don’t miss a very special event next Friday when veteran Hollywood character actor Raynor Scheine appears in-person at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art’s theater to speak and answer questions about his key role in Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), the first movie to be screened for VMFA’s new Friday Films series. Be there at 6…

Reflections from the front lines

I’ve only been working at VMFA for two months now, yet in such short time an intimate relationship has developed. A casual appreciation for “beauty” has begun to blossom into a deeper understanding of history, art, and even people. See, while many flow through the museum each day, I have one job: Watch. I watch…

Furniture inspired by the collection

Over the past fifteen years, I’ve had the wonderful experience of getting to know the museum’s collections. Each time I visit the galleries or storage looking for the next product idea, I’m always amazed by the wonderful works of art that Virginians have available to them. For some time, I’ve been in search of a…