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The Writing on the Wall

If you’ve had lunch or attended a VMFA After Hours performance in BEST Café since October, you’ve probably read—and gotten a chuckle out of—the giant fortunes on the walls. “One that would have the fruit must climb the tree.” (Well, maybe not that orange you just picked up from the BEST cooler.) “It is better…

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Happy Birthday, Edvard Munch!

Edvard Munch, who was born 151 years ago today, is best known for The Scream, created in four unique versions (painted and pastel) between 1893 and 1910. But that one agonized figure set against a swirling blue landscape and fiery orange sky hardly begins to represent his body of work—in either its breadth or impact.…

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VMFA 365: #GivingTuesday

At VMFA, we believe that great art should be shared. From visitors finding moments of inspiration exploring our free permanent collection to others enjoying art at their local libraries, schools, and art centers through our statewide outreach, VMFA fosters art experiences across the commonwealth 365 days a year. Here are just a few ways that…

Best Overall Winner in the 9-12 category: AJ Shostak, Grade 10, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg

Winning Designs Recognized at Teen Stylin’

Exhibition in MWV Education Center: This exhibition features the 2014 Teen Stylin’ designer renderings and garments awarded Best Overall, Best in Show, Best Use of Alternative Materials and Creative Construction, and Best Interpretation of a Work of Art. Teen Stylin’ is VMFA’s eight-week program for Virginia students, grades 6–12, with a passion for clothing design,…

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Command Performance: VMFA Presents Chinese Film at the Byrd

It’s difficult to know where to start when delineating the reasons to see Zhang Yimou’s Red Sorghum (1987; 91 min) at the Byrd Theatre on November 23 at 1:30 pm. The film has an almost mythic reputation. But I will try. The Byrd Theatre will be the only venue in the entire US that has…

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The Forbidden City Has Come to the River City

How do you stop traffic on the four-lane Manchester Bridge in downtown Richmond? Easy. Outfit someone in a historically accurate 18th century, Qing Dynasty soldier’s uniform, with a bow, quiver of arrows, and sword, and have him ride a very large horse across the bridge. If you’ve seen VMFA’s “Warrior” TV spot promoting our newest…

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Behind the Scenes at Teen Stylin’

New-Fashioned from Briget Ganske on Vimeo. An average day of questions and answers during a Teen Stylin’ workshop: Q: Where are the scissors? A: Look in the blue bins on the table. Q: Is there any more hot glue? A: We have an endless supply. Look in the blue bins on the table. Q: I…

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Forbidden City Is a Family-Friendly Adventure

Looking for an indoor family adventure?  Explore treasures of the Chinese emperors, while discovering stories about the family who lived in the largest palace in the world: The Forbidden City. In the past, ordinary citizens were not allowed into the imperial palace; however, today, you and your family can explore the Forbidden City at VMFA!…

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Why Is My Favorite Art Off View?

Have you missed the Tiffany lamps, our beautiful Louis Majorelle bedroom suite, or a favorite Matisse or Picasso painting? Maybe you came to the museum to see Degas’s At the Milliners, one of the masterworks acquired by the museum from the Paul Mellon estate this summer, and found it off view. Just like any other…