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Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

  • Collection: African American Art, American Art, Mid to Late 20th-Century Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: African American, History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: K-12

This exhibition examines the realities of life under segregation in 1950s America, as seen through the lens of groundbreaking photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006). As the first African American photographer hired full time by Life magazine, Parks was frequently given assignments involving social issues affecting black America. In 1950, one such project took him back to his hometown in…

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Artist Talk | Kehinde Wiley

Artist Talk | Kehinde Wiley

  • Collection: African American Art, 21st-Century Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: K-12

In this 15-minute video, filmed onsite at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Kehinde Wiley discusses his work and his art historical influences.

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Egyptian Guide | Student and Family Guide

Egyptian Guide | Student and Family Guide

  • Collection: Egyptian Art
  • Culture/Region: Egypt
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Math, Science, Visual Arts

Explore Egypt with this interactive guide! The guide is available in VMFA’s Egyptian Galleries, or you can download and print it for a fun pre or post-visit activity!

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Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

  • Collection: African American Art, American Art, 21st-Century Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents a stunning retrospective of this artist’s prolific career through nearly sixty paintings and sculptures. Kehinde Wiley’s work raises intriguing questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. Appropriating the format of specific paintings by renowned masters ranging from Titian to Édouard…

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Gallery Hunt: Shape

Gallery Hunt: Shape

  • Collection: African Art, American Art, Ancient Art, Art Deco & Art Nouveau
  • Culture/Region: Africa, America, Rome
  • Subject Area: Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: Pre-K-12, college, adult, family

Artists use shapes, both geometric and organic, to create works of art. Geometric shapes are regular and have names you recognize like circle, square, triangle, rectangle, and oval. Organic shapes are usually irregular, occur in nature, and don’t always have names. Explore the galleries and see how artists used different shapes!

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Artist Talk | Radcliffe Bailey

Artist Talk | Radcliffe Bailey

  • Collection: 21st-Century Art
  • Culture/Region: Africa
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts

Artist Radcliffe Bailey talks about his artistic process and what he hopes his art conveys. Come see “Vessel” in VMFA’s permanent collection.

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Art Activities | VMFA Magazine

Art Activities | VMFA Magazine

  • Culture/Region: America, China, Europe
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts
  • Grade Level: K-5

Here you will find links to all of the Family Art Activities featured in VMFA’s member’s magazine. Enjoy! What is a Sculpture New Years Fun

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Teacher-directed Gallery Tour: World History 1 | Egypt

Teacher-directed Gallery Tour: World History 1 | Egypt

  • Collection: Egyptian Art
  • Culture/Region: Egypt
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science
  • Grade Level: 7-12

Ready, Set, EXPLORE! This teacher-directed gallery tour takes students on a fun-filled, interactive trip through VMFA’s ancient Egyptian galleries. Observe stones, trace trade routes, and even take a selfie with an Egyptian god! Directions: Produce complete copies of this packet for all teachers and chaperones. Students only need copies of pages 1-11. • Use the…

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Lesson Plan: African American Dreams

Lesson Plan: African American Dreams

  • Collection: African American Art, American Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 4-12

This art-based adventure explores the African American experience in North America by pairing visual and written primary sources. The works of art have been chosen from the American Art collection at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The written selections include poems, speeches, and other historical documents. Combining images with words provides students with multiple…

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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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