Talks + Lectures
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Liberation: Tirthankar Mahavir's Journey Toward Enlightenment & Moksha
Thu, Aug 22, 6:30–7:30 pm | Cheek Theater
Join us for a presentation of Indian Dances performed by local artists inspired by the life of Tirthankar Mahavir, born 599 BCE. Lord Mahavir was an enlightened being who practiced Jainism, an Indian religion teaching a path to spiritual purity and enlightenment through disciplined nonviolence. This original production combines Raas-Garba (an Indian folk dance style) and Bharathanatyam (an Indian classical dance form) and offers the opportunity for guests to pause from the clamor of daily living and contemplate and reflect on Lord Mahavir’s meaningful journey.
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.
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 is included with registration Options are:
Turkey and Swiss on Whole Wheat Bread
Pesto Provolone on Focaccia Bread
Each lunch will include:
Lettuce, tomato, condiments on the side
Canned Soft Drink or Bottled Water
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.
We have over 25 videos of artists discussing their work in their own words and explore works in the VMFA permanent collection.