Gallery Programs

Upcoming Programs


3 in 30: Trappings of British Sporting Art

Tue, Jul 5, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Jul 7, 6:30–7 pm | Visitor Services

What could contemporary artist Kehinde Wiley have in common with a 19th-century painter of American thoroughbred horses? Join Jeffrey Allison, VMFA’s Paul Mellon Collection Educator, to explore three works in the Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art and discover the connections between the work of artist Edward Troye and Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic.

Free, no tickets required


3 in 30: Cultural Crosscurrents in South Asian Portraiture

Tue, Aug 2, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Aug 4, 6:30–7 pm | Visitor Services

Inspired by the painting The White Slave featured in the exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, curator John Henry Rice will lead a gallery talk focusing on painted portraits in the museum’s South Asian collection. Such portraiture became widespread during the reign of the Mughals and was itself largely a product of foreign artistic ideas. From the time of the tradition’s inception, its creators engaged and grappled with multiple modes of representation—Indian, Persian, and European. Cultural collisions, fusions, and tensions around the differing visual languages of power only escalated through the colonial period.

Free, no tickets required


3 in 30: Gordon Parks

Tue, Sep 6, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Sep 8, 6:30–7 pm | Visitor Services

Explore the work of Gordon Parks with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, by examining three key pieces in the permanent collection of the VMFA that relate to the special exhibition, Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott.

Free, no tickets required.