Talks + Lectures

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An Evening with Lonnie Holley: Film, Talk and Performance

Thu, Sep 26, 6–7:30 pm | Cheek Theater

Join us as the VMFA welcomes Lonnie Holley to the Leslie Cheek Theater. Beginning at 6, we will view Holley's recent Sundance film, I Snuck Off A Slave Ship. Following the film, we will hear Holley discuss his art as well as enjoy a live performance of his music featuring his band.

Doors will close during the film and reopen at 6:30 for the talk and performance.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Art Meets Literature: An Undying Love Affair

Fri, Oct 18, 6–8 pm | Marble Hall

The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the winner of the annual Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. The judges selected Mary Gabriel's Ninth Street Women: Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler -- Five Painters and the Movement That Changed Modern Art. Gabriel will be recognized on Friday, October 18, 2019, at the VMFA and on Saturday, October 19, 2019, at the Library of Virginia's annual Virginia Literary Awards Celebration.

This event will feature a presentation by the award recipient, Mary Gabriel, followed by a book signing and reception.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Ascend and Lead: A Women's Empowerment Forum

Sat, Oct 19, 10 am–3:30 pm | Cheek Theater

Conversation and storytelling have informed and empowered women of color for generations. These same forms of communication are at the heart of a provocative and inspiring leadership forum featuring panel discussions, reflections, and talks.

The exciting lineup of leaders in the arts, education and policy, and business includes Kristen Cavallo, CEO, The Martin Agency; Linda Hines, CEO, Virginia Premier; Melody Barnes, Co-Director, University of Virginia’s Democracy Initiative; and many others. In addition, Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA’s Sydney and Francis Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, will have a conversation with Mary Margaret Pettway. Pettway is a third-generation quilter, a member of the Gee’s Bend Quilters Collective, and the Chair of the Board of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. As curator and artist, they will speak to various aspects of art, culture, and business. VMFA’s forum follows American Evolution 2019 Women’s Achieve Summit, October 14-15, at the Richmond Convention Center.

A boxed lunch, including a vegetarian option, is including with registration. Please advise of any dietary restrictions by Friday, October 4.

$20 (VMFA members $15)

Edward Hopper's Hotel Consciousness

Fri, Oct 25, 6:30 pm–7:30 pm | Cheek Theater

Dr. Leo Mazow, the Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art for VMFA and curator of Edward Hopper and the American Hotel will provide an overview of the special exhibition.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Paul Mellon Lecture: Seeing with the Impressionists

Sun, Nov 10, 2–3 pm | Cheek Theater

Claude Monet once advised a young artist to “paint . . . just as it looks to you,” yet he and his fellow Impressionists did more than simply observe and record the world around them—they carefully selected points of view, materials, and graphic tools such as cropping or unexpected perspectives. Dr. Jennifer Thompson will explore the ways in which the Impressionists draw our attention to the sensations of the moment and to their distinctive vision of the world.

Free, tickets required.

Keynote Lecture: Edward Hopper and the Meaning of Home

Fri, Nov 15, 6:30–7:30 pm | Cheek Theater

Edward Hopper is well known for his paintings of dwellings—houses, apartments buildings, and hotels. Traveling throughout the United States and Mexico with his wife, the painter Jo Nivison, and often staying in tourist houses or rooms for rent, Hopper was deeply familiar with how Americans made themselves at home. Recounting his travels and his pictures of both occupied and abandoned places, this talk considers how Hopper visually negotiated competing ideas about the meaning of home in modern times.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Symposium: Edward Hopper: Hotels, and Other Spaces

Sat, Nov 16, 9:30 am–4:30 pm | Cheek Theater

Join us for a day of lectures inspired by the special exhibition Edward Hopper and the American Hotel. A distinguished group of scholars provide new insights into one of the most celebrated artists of the American Realist movement.

Free, tickets required.


Artist Talks

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