Talks + Lectures

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Artist Talk: Kehinde Wiley

Fri, Jun 10, 67 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Join contemporary artist and subject of the current retrospective Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic as he talks about his career and creative process.

$15 ($12 VMFA members & students with valid ID)
Ticket includes admission to Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic during the Fri, Jun 10 member preview.

Community Conversation: Casting Kehinde Wiley’s World Stage

Thu, Jul 14, 6:308 pm | Reynolds Lecture Hall

Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
Richard Woodward, Curator of African Art
Special Guest Speaker

View the documentary World Stage: Haiti (22:37 minutes) and World Stage: France (18:53 minutes) which chronicles artist Kehinde Wiley as he embarks on a cultural exploration of different countries including Haiti, Morocco, Republic of Congo among others. Following the films, curators Dr. Sarah Eckhardt and Dr. Richard Woodward will be joined in conversation by a special guest speaker.

Free, tickets required 


Behind the Scenes: Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Fri, Aug 26, 6:307:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Eugenie Tsai, Curator of Contemporary Art,
Brooklyn Museum of Art

Join Dr. Eugenie Tsai for an in-depth look at the special exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, a retrospective of the contemporary artist at the height of his career. Dr. Tsai, the curator of the exhibition, will discuss the selection and presentation of nearly 60 works, including sculpture, stained-glass panels and oil paintings which together, as a whole, alter the narrative of art history.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Gordon Parks's American Stories

Thu, Oct 6, 6:30 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
with Dr. John Edwin Mason, Associate Professor of History, University of Virginia

Few photographers have shaped the American public's understanding of pressing social issues as much as Gordon Parks. From the 1940s until the 1970s, photo-essays that he published in Life magazine introduced millions of readers to people and ideas that challenged and sometimes changed the way that they saw their nation and themselves. Gordon Parks's American Stories traces the impact of three of his most influential photo-essays.

Free, tickets required


Artist Talks

We have over 25 videos of artists discussing their work in their own words and explore works in the VMFA permanent collection.