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Renaissance Perspective: Film Selections Inspired by Kehinde Wiley

Fri, Jun 24, Jul 29, Aug 19, 6:30–9 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

This selection of three feature-length, fictional and/or documentary films is inspired by the art of Kehinde Wiley. View full listing.

$8 (VMFA members $5)


Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace

Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace
Fri, Aug 12, 6:30–8:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

This hour long 2014 PBS documentary will be screened with guest commentator in discussion with moderator. The documentary presents an intimate portrait of this intriguing artist and studies the intersection of fashion and art.

$8 (VMFA members $5)


Gordon Parks Mini Film Festival: The Learning Tree

Thu, Oct 13, 6–9 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

The poignant story was adapted by Gordon Parks from his own semi-autobiographical novel. Set in a small town in 1920s Kansas, the film relates the overwhelming events that force a black teenager into sudden manhood. The Learning Tree was the first major Hollywood studio movie directed by an African American and was among the first 25 honored films to be preserved by the U.S. Library of Congress in the National Film Registry.

Following the film, VMFA Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, will conduct a short gallery tour of the exhibition.

$8 (VMFA members $5)


Gordon Parks Mini Film Festival: Leadbelly

Fri, Oct 14, 1–3:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Huddie William Ledbetter (1889–1947) and his rough-and-tumble life make for an engaging, entertaining, and educational film, with guidance from Parks and an excellent portrayal by Roger E. Mosley. The man who called himself “Lead Belly” mastered the twelve-string guitar and a slew of other instruments, and wrote or recorded many iconic folk/blues standards, such as Rock Island Line, Midnight Special, and Goodnight Irene (1976; 127 min; color) .

$8 (VMFA members $5)
Double Feature:  Buy a ticket to Leadbelly and see Shaft at 6 pm for free. Present your ticket at the theater entrance.


Gordon Parks Mini Film Festival: Shaft

Fri, Oct 14, 6–9 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

The success of this taut urban action movie launched an entire film genre, affectionately known as “Blaxploitation,” and is one of the best of the bunch. A charismatic Richard Roundtree plays a super cool, hero/antihero who is as handy with his fists as he is with the ladies. By casting a black actor as a typically gritty, conventional crime-film lead, Parks made Shaft especially revolutionary and influential. A conversation with special guest speaker will follow the film (1971; 100 min; color).

$8 (VMFA members $5)
Double feature - Buy a ticket to Leadbelly at 1 pm and see Shaft for free. Present your ticket at the theater entrance.