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Member Events

Members of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are invited to enhance their experiences at the Museum through a variety of events including exhibition preview days, exclusive opportunities that highlight the permanent collection, and special programs that are tailored to specific membership levels and philanthropic interests. Click here to learn more or contact Sarah Burgess, at 804.204.2676 or sarah.burgess@VMFA.museum.

All Members

 

Events Open to All Members

These opportunities to engage with VMFA are open to all current museum members.


Man Ray: The Paris Years - Member Preview

Thu-Fri, Oct 28-29 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Be one of the first to see the special exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years.
Travel back to 1920s–30s Paris to meet some of the most influential cultural luminaries of the time, as captured by American expatriate artist Man Ray. More than 100 remarkable portrait photographs include such noted sitters as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ruby Richards and other African Americans whose lives and portraits broke color barriers. The exhibition is informed by groundbreaking research on Man Ray’s work and his compelling subjects


FREE for VMFA Members only. Advance reservations strongly recommended.


Mellon Gallery Preview - Member Mornings

Thu & Fri, Oct 21 & 22, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the critically acclaimed and newly reinstalled Mellon Collections, featuring stunning works of French Impressionist Art and British Sporting Art. Guests are encouraged to stay past the conclusion of the preview to enjoy Fine Arts & Flowers, featuring more than eighty floral designs inspired by the VMFA permanent collection. Please note that all galleries with the exception of the Mellon Collections will be closed until 10 am on Oct 21 and 22, 2021.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations required. 
Click here to learn more about Fine Arts & Flowers and how to purchase event tickets.


Friends Circle

 

VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.


VMFA Circle Lecture and Book Signing

Wed, Nov 10, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Book Signing: 7 pm | Conference Center Suites

How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


VMFA Circle Lecture Series LIVE STREAM

Wed, Nov 10, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members

These opportunities to engage with VMFA are open to all current museum members


Man Ray: The Paris Years - Member Preview

Thu-Fri, Oct 28-29 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Be one of the first to see the special exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years.
Travel back to 1920s–30s Paris to meet some of the most influential cultural luminaries of the time, as captured by American expatriate artist Man Ray. More than 100 remarkable portrait photographs include such noted sitters as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ruby Richards and other African Americans whose lives and portraits broke color barriers. The exhibition is informed by groundbreaking research on Man Ray’s work and his compelling subjects


FREE for VMFA Members only. Advance reservations strongly recommended.


Mellon Gallery Preview - Member Mornings

Thu & Fri, Oct 21 & 22, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the critically acclaimed and newly reinstalled Mellon Collections, featuring stunning works of French Impressionist Art and British Sporting Art. Guests are encouraged to stay past the conclusion of the preview to enjoy Fine Arts & Flowers, featuring more than eighty floral designs inspired by the VMFA permanent collection. Please note that all galleries with the exception of the Mellon Collections will be closed until 10 am on Oct 21 and 22, 2021.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations required. 
Click here to learn more about Fine Arts & Flowers and how to purchase event tickets.


Supporters Circle

 


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!


Curator's Choice

Mon, Nov 15, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception: 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

Presented By

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVE STREAM

Mon, Nov 15, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

Presented By

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.


VMFA Circle Lecture and Book Signing

Wed, Nov 10, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Book Signing: 7 pm | Conference Center Suites

How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


VMFA Circle Lecture Series LIVE STREAM

Wed, Nov 10, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members


Man Ray: The Paris Years - Member Preview

Thu-Fri, Oct 28-29 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Be one of the first to see the special exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years.
Travel back to 1920s–30s Paris to meet some of the most influential cultural luminaries of the time, as captured by American expatriate artist Man Ray. More than 100 remarkable portrait photographs include such noted sitters as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ruby Richards and other African Americans whose lives and portraits broke color barriers. The exhibition is informed by groundbreaking research on Man Ray’s work and his compelling subjects


FREE for VMFA Members only. Advance reservations strongly recommended.


Mellon Gallery Preview - Member Mornings

Thu & Fri, Oct 21 & 22, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the critically acclaimed and newly reinstalled Mellon Collections, featuring stunning works of French Impressionist Art and British Sporting Art. Guests are encouraged to stay past the conclusion of the preview to enjoy Fine Arts & Flowers, featuring more than eighty floral designs inspired by the VMFA permanent collection. Please note that all galleries with the exception of the Mellon Collections will be closed until 10 am on Oct 21 and 22, 2021.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations required. 
Click here to learn more about Fine Arts & Flowers and how to purchase event tickets.


Partners Circle

In addition to the option to bring four guests per visit to special ticketed exhibitions, at no charge, members beginning at the Partners Circle may elect to join Canvas.


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.

Check back soon for events in this category


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!


Curator's Choice

Mon, Nov 15, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception: 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

Presented By

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVE STREAM

Mon, Nov 15, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

Presented By

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.


VMFA Circle Lecture and Book Signing

Wed, Nov 10, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Book Signing: 7 pm | Conference Center Suites

How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


VMFA Circle Lecture Series LIVE STREAM

Wed, Nov 10, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members


Man Ray: The Paris Years - Member Preview

Thu-Fri, Oct 28-29 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Be one of the first to see the special exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years.
Travel back to 1920s–30s Paris to meet some of the most influential cultural luminaries of the time, as captured by American expatriate artist Man Ray. More than 100 remarkable portrait photographs include such noted sitters as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ruby Richards and other African Americans whose lives and portraits broke color barriers. The exhibition is informed by groundbreaking research on Man Ray’s work and his compelling subjects


FREE for VMFA Members only. Advance reservations strongly recommended.


Mellon Gallery Preview - Member Mornings

Thu & Fri, Oct 21 & 22, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the critically acclaimed and newly reinstalled Mellon Collections, featuring stunning works of French Impressionist Art and British Sporting Art. Guests are encouraged to stay past the conclusion of the preview to enjoy Fine Arts & Flowers, featuring more than eighty floral designs inspired by the VMFA permanent collection. Please note that all galleries with the exception of the Mellon Collections will be closed until 10 am on Oct 21 and 22, 2021.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations required. 
Click here to learn more about Fine Arts & Flowers and how to purchase event tickets.


Patrons Society

 


Leadership Programs

Leadership Giving Society memberships provide vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission. The following opportunities, including opening-night preview events, are available to all Leadership Giving Society members, beginning at the Patrons Society level.

Check back soon for events in this category


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.

Check back soon for events in this category


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!


Curator's Choice

Mon, Nov 15, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception: 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

Presented By

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVE STREAM

Mon, Nov 15, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

Presented By

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.


VMFA Circle Lecture and Book Signing

Wed, Nov 10, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Book Signing: 7 pm | Conference Center Suites

How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


VMFA Circle Lecture Series LIVE STREAM

Wed, Nov 10, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

Check back soon for events in this category


Events Open to All Members


Man Ray: The Paris Years - Member Preview

Thu-Fri, Oct 28-29 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Be one of the first to see the special exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years.
Travel back to 1920s–30s Paris to meet some of the most influential cultural luminaries of the time, as captured by American expatriate artist Man Ray. More than 100 remarkable portrait photographs include such noted sitters as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ruby Richards and other African Americans whose lives and portraits broke color barriers. The exhibition is informed by groundbreaking research on Man Ray’s work and his compelling subjects


FREE for VMFA Members only. Advance reservations strongly recommended.


Mellon Gallery Preview - Member Mornings

Thu & Fri, Oct 21 & 22, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the critically acclaimed and newly reinstalled Mellon Collections, featuring stunning works of French Impressionist Art and British Sporting Art. Guests are encouraged to stay past the conclusion of the preview to enjoy Fine Arts & Flowers, featuring more than eighty floral designs inspired by the VMFA permanent collection. Please note that all galleries with the exception of the Mellon Collections will be closed until 10 am on Oct 21 and 22, 2021.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations required. 
Click here to learn more about Fine Arts & Flowers and how to purchase event tickets.


Fellows Society+

 

Fellows Programs

VMFA is delighted to offer Fellows Programs as a benefit for members beginning at the Fellows Society level. This special series of programs will provide high-level, exclusive access to the work of VMFA curators, thought leaders, and museum-field experts.

Check back soon for events in this category


Leadership Programs

Leadership Giving Society memberships provide vital ongoing philanthropic support to advance the museum’s mission. The following opportunities, including opening-night preview events, are available to all Leadership Giving Society members, beginning at the Patrons Society level.

Check back soon for events in this category


Canvas Programs

In addition to all the benefits of their chosen level of membership, Canvas members receive invitations to two exclusive Canvas events per year, a quarterly online Canvas newsletter, and the opportunity to learn about and lend support to the museum’s newest initiatives and most urgent needs.

Check back soon for events in this category


Curator’s Choice

Curator’s Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. We invite you to engage with the museum’s encyclopedic permanent collection and nourish your passion for art through exciting programs designed by the museum’s curatorial staff. These unique opportunities promise to provide the latest information about curatorial collecting strategies, care of the collections, and more!


Curator's Choice

Mon, Nov 15, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Reception: 7 pm | Cochrane Atrium

Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

Presented By

Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level.


Curator's Choice LIVE STREAM

Mon, Nov 15, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
Man Ray and Surrealism
with Dr. Michael R. Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Timed to coincide with VMFA’s Man Ray: The Paris Years exhibition, this lecture will explore Man Ray’s contributions to the international Surrealist movement. On October 15, 1924, a group of avant-garde writers and artists in Paris, led by the French poet André Breton, issued the first Surrealist Manifesto, which advocated for looking deep within the recesses of the mind to find a higher and truer reality than the one visible to the naked eye. To access the unconscious, the Surrealists favored the exploration of dreams and stream-of-consciousness associations. Indebted to the psychoanalytical writings of Sigmund Freud, these aspiring artists and poets turned to chance procedures and automatic writing to create works of art and literature that celebrated the marvelous, embraced the irrational, and liberated the unconscious. Through his friendships with Breton and other members of the movement, including Louis Aragon, René Crevel, Robert Desnos, Paul Éluard, and Valentine Hugo, Man Ray became Surrealism’s official photographer and a key participant in the group’s activities.

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Curator's Choice programs are a benefit for members beginning at the Supporters Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 


VMFA Circle Lectures

Open to members at the Friends Circle level, the VMFA Circle Lecture Series features speakers sharing their expertise on a variety of topics in the art world as they relate to VMFA’s permanent collection and special exhibitions.


VMFA Circle Lecture and Book Signing

Wed, Nov 10, 6–8 pm
Talk: 6 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Book Signing: 7 pm | Conference Center Suites

How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level.

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


VMFA Circle Lecture Series LIVE STREAM

Wed, Nov 10, 6 pm | Live Stream via Zoom
How Photography Became Contemporary Art 
with Andy Grundberg, Art Critic and Independent Curator 

Andy Grundberg recently published How Photography Became Contemporary Art: Inside an Artistic Revolution from Pop to the Digital Age, a new book—part memoir and part history—on photography during the decades of the 1970s and 1980s during which the medium was at the center of artistic debate. In this talk, Grundberg will share his unique perspective as one of the period’s leading art critics. Using the work of Ansel Adams as a starting point, he will tell a larger story about the medium’s increasing role within important art movements, its embrace by museums and galleries, and its politicization in the culture wars of the 80s and 90s. 

Andy Grundberg was the photography critic of the New York Times from 1981 to 1991. He later served as the director of the Ansel Adams Center for Photography in San Francisco and as chair of the photography department and dean of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Presented By

The VMFA Circle Lecture Series is open to all members beginning at the Friends Circle level. This program will be offered in person and virtually, via Zoom. 

Modernism’s Ambivalences: Charles Ethan Porter’s "Chrysanthemums", c. 1881


Cocktails with a Curator

This virtual program series is a special offering for VMFA members beginning at the Friends Circle level. We hope you will join us for a virtual cocktail and live Q&A with a museum curator.

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Events Open to All Members


Man Ray: The Paris Years - Member Preview

Thu-Fri, Oct 28-29 | Altria and New Market Galleries, Level LL

Be one of the first to see the special exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years.
Travel back to 1920s–30s Paris to meet some of the most influential cultural luminaries of the time, as captured by American expatriate artist Man Ray. More than 100 remarkable portrait photographs include such noted sitters as Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein, and Pablo Picasso, as well as Ruby Richards and other African Americans whose lives and portraits broke color barriers. The exhibition is informed by groundbreaking research on Man Ray’s work and his compelling subjects


FREE for VMFA Members only. Advance reservations strongly recommended.


Mellon Gallery Preview - Member Mornings

Thu & Fri, Oct 21 & 22, 8:00 am - 10:00 am | VMFA Members only

Members will have exclusive access to the critically acclaimed and newly reinstalled Mellon Collections, featuring stunning works of French Impressionist Art and British Sporting Art. Guests are encouraged to stay past the conclusion of the preview to enjoy Fine Arts & Flowers, featuring more than eighty floral designs inspired by the VMFA permanent collection. Please note that all galleries with the exception of the Mellon Collections will be closed until 10 am on Oct 21 and 22, 2021.

VMFA Members FREE. Advanced reservations required. 
Click here to learn more about Fine Arts & Flowers and how to purchase event tickets.

In addition to the member events outlined above, a number of highly customized events and programs are planned throughout the year that are tailored to specific membership levels and philanthropic interests. Leadership level members are invited to opening receptions for major exhibitions, members of Glasgow Society who have made planned gifts in support of VMFA’s mission are invited to learn about the impact of their giving, art donors are brought together to celebrate the growth of VMFA’s permanent collection each year as part of the John Barton Payne Society – these are just a few examples of the many wonderful opportunities to engage with VMFA and its mission that are provided each year. Click here to learn more or contact Sarah Hendricks, Manager of Individual Giving, at 804.340.1478 or sarah.hendricks@VMFA.museum.