Talks + Lectures

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The Second Temple as a Roman Building

Thu, May 12, 67 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art

The Temple of Herod in Jerusalem was one of the largest and most thoroughly documented religious sanctuaries in the Roman world. Described as an “Ornament to Empire” by its destroyer, the future emperor Titus, few physical signs of its grandeur remain. Working with  archaeological evidence as well as ancient Jewish, Christian, and Polytheist literary texts, Peter Schertz explores the Second Temple in its Roman context. This lecture is co-sponsored by the Richmond Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.

Free, tickets required

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.

Tickets available beginning Mon, May 9th.

Community Conversation: Casting the World Stage: Behind the Scenes with Kehinde Wiley

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; Morocco, Tunisia, Gabon, Republic of Congo and Cameroon, which records Wiley as he continues his exploration of countries and their unique cultures. A conversation will follow the documentaries.

Free, tickets required 
Tickets available beginning Mon, May 9th.


Creating a New Republic

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

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

Curator of the exhibition, Eugenie Tsai, discusses the creation of the exhibition and insight into Kehinde Wiley's work.

$8 (VMFA members $5)
Tickets available beginning Mon, May 9th.


Artist Talks

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