Talks + Lectures

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Garden Inspirations Lecture & Luncheon

Tue, Apr 28, 10 am – 1:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater & Marble Hall
In celebration of the exhibition, Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower, acclaimed author and interior designer Charlotte Moss discusses twenty-five years of creating a garden and influences along the way, including how gardens are incorporated throughout the home. Following the lecture, Ms. Moss will sign copies of her latest publication, Garden Inspirations. The event concludes with a luncheon in the Marble Hall.

10 – 11 am, Lecture, Leslie Cheek Theater
11 am – 12 pm, Book Signing, Conference Room 1
12 – 1:30 pm, Luncheon, Marble Hall

$70 (VMFA members $60), includes luncheon

To reserve tickets for groups of 10 or more at $58 per person, please contact Group Sales at or 804.340.1575.

Educational programming for Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower is generously supported by The Robert Lehman Foundation.

Perseverance: Creating the First Exhibition Exploring Japanese Tattooing as Fine Art

Fri, May 29, 6 – 7 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Artist and exhibition designer Kip Fulbeck discusses his role in creating Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition. The groundbreaking photographic exhibition explores the rich history and artistry of traditional Japanese tattoos along with their influence on modern tattoo practices.

$8 (VMFA members $5) 

Photo Shoot with Glen McClure

Fri, May 29, 4 – 5:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater Lobby & Conference Suite
VMFA guests will have the opportunity to have their tattoos photographed by artist Glen McClure. Select images will be featured on VMFA’s website.

Free, no tickets required

Gallery Walk with Kip Fulbeck

Sat, May 30, 2 – 2:45 pm | Evans Court Gallery
Join Kip Fulbeck, in the special exhibition Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, for an informal gallery walk and talk. Kip Fulbeck is Exhibition Artist, Designer and Photographer for Japanese Tattoo. He is the author of several books, including Part Asian, 100% Hapa (Chronicle Books, 2006) and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits by Kip Fulbeck (Chronicle Books, 2008). He has exhibited and performed throughout the U.S. and abroad, including solo exhibitions at the Japanese American National Museum, Invisible NYC Gallery, Space180 Gallery, Ghettogloss Gallery, and Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center. A Professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he has been featured on CNN, MTV, The Today Show, and National Public Radio.

Free, with purchase of an exhibition ticket

Member Lecture: Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The

Thu, Jun 18, 6 – 7 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
During the 19th century, French painters reinvented floral still-life painting by taking greater artistic liberties with the traditional imagery of the genre. Join Dr. Mitchell Merling, exhibition co-curator, for a closer look at how French artist — including some of the most well-known practitioners of Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism — transformed the floral still life from a genre that garnered little critical esteem into a popular and prestigious site of dynamic artistic experimentation.

Free for VMFA members only, tickets required