Talks and Lectures

Here you will find artist talks and VMFA lectures on a wide variety of topics. Both audio and video clips can be explored, revisited and shared!

Art Lecture: How to Read a Chinese Painting

Art Lecture: How to Read a Chinese Painting

  • Collection: East Asian Art
  • Culture/Region: China
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts

The Chinese way of appreciating a painting is often expressed by the words du hua, “to read a painting.” How does one do that? Because art is a visual language, words alone cannot adequately convey its expressive dimension.

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Art Lecture: Rodin & Co.: The Master and His Studio Collaborators

Art Lecture: Rodin & Co.: The Master and His Studio Collaborators

  • Collection: European Art
  • Culture/Region: Europe
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts, Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 8-college

Nathalie Bondil presents on French sculptor Auguste Rodin’s studio and how he had many contributors to his creative process and enduring legacy. Bondil lectured on Friday, December 6, 2015 as a part of educational programming related to the exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, on view Nov. 21, 2015-March 13, 2016. https://soundcloud.com/vmfa-education-resources/rodin-cothe-master-and-ten

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Artist Video: Conversation with Artist Xu Bing

Artist Video: Conversation with Artist Xu Bing

  • Collection: contemporary-art

Contemporary artist Xu Bing talks about the history and iterations of The Tobacco Project in this short film, which includes footage of the artist’s site visits to tobacco farms and documents his studio’s artistic processes.

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Artist Video: Conversation with Ryan McGinness

Artist Video: Conversation with Ryan McGinness

  • Collection: contemporary-art
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts

In this lecture artist Ryan McGinness talks about his career and creative process, from his childhood in Virginia Beach to the creation of his 2010 work Art History is Not Linear (VMFA).

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Artist Video: Conversations with Chuck Close

Artist Video: Conversations with Chuck Close

  • Collection: American Art, 21st-Century Art, Mid to Late 20th-Century Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: Visual Arts

Chuck Close, in conversation with biographer Christopher Finch, talks about his career and life in this hour-long program which took place at VMFA on October 1, 2010.

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Community Conversation: Fashion, Gender Expression, and Sexuality

Community Conversation: Fashion, Gender Expression, and Sexuality

  • Collection: American Art, Decorative Arts, European Art
  • Culture/Region: America, Europe
  • Subject Area: African American, Visual Arts, Women
  • Grade Level: 8-12, college, adult

With Jonathan Copeland, Fashion Stylist/Merchandiser and Publishing Entrepreneur; Rae Berryman, Independent Multicultural Marketing Consultant; and Ted Lewis, Executive Director, Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) Influential designer Yves Saint Laurent challenged fashion codes around sexuality and gender expression and identity. On July 27th, Celeste Fetta, VMFA Chief Educator, joined Jon Copeland, Rae Berryman, and Ted Lewis…

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Community Conversation: Restitution and Reunion: The Fischer Family & VMFA

Community Conversation: Restitution and Reunion: The Fischer Family & VMFA

  • Collection: European Art
  • Culture/Region: Europe
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts
  • Grade Level: 8-12; adult

Explore the fascinating journey of one of VMFA’s recent acquisitions. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s painting Sand Hills at Grünau was recently returned to the Fischer family heirs after they were able to prove that it was confiscated by the Nazis from the collection of Max Fischer. Listen to Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, VMFA Associate Curator of Modern…

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Conversation: Diversity in Fashion

Conversation: Diversity in Fashion

  • Collection: American Art, Decorative Arts, European Art
  • Culture/Region: America, Europe
  • Subject Area: African American, Visual Arts, Women
  • Grade Level: 8-12, college, adult

Yves Saint Laurent was one of the first European designers to feature women of color as models for haute couture runway shows, which was a critical step in diversifying the fashion world. On June 15, 2017, special guest Bethann Hardison, in conversation with Dr. Lauranett Lee, explored the changing roles of racial diversity in the…

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Hear My Voice Artist Panel

Hear My Voice Artist Panel

  • Collection: Native American Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 8-12, college, adult

Molly Murphy Adams, Jeremy Frey, and Virgil Ortiz in conversation with Dr. Johanna Minich, Exhibition Curator and Consulting Curator for the Native American Collection, VMFA. This conversation features three artists whose work is in the exhibition Hear My Voice: Native American Art Past and Present. The discussion includes what these contemporary Native artists see as…

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