Talks + Lectures

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Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature

Fri, Oct 16, 6–7 pm | Reynolds Lecture Hall
Reception & Book Signing, 78 pm | Marble Hall

The Mary Lynn Kotz Award for Art in Literature recognizes an outstanding book that is written primarily in response to a work (or works) of art while also showing the highest literary merit, in and of itself, as a creative or scholarly work. Join us for a lecture by this year's award winner, followed by a wine and cheese reception and a book signing. The award is co-sponsored by the Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Tjeby: Knight of the 22nd Century BC

Thu, Oct 22, 6:30 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
With Dr. Jonathan Elias, Director of the Akhmim Mummy Studies Consortium 
Ongoing research has brought forth new perspectives on Tjeby, the 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy in the VMFA collection. Scanned in February 2013, Tjeby has been the subject of rare in-depth study. Learn about Tjeby’s times and the research process that gave birth to his sculptural portrait, to be unveiled for the first time at this lecture. 

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Sally Mann Reads from Hold Still

Fri, Oct 23, 6:15–8 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Photographer Sally Mann will read from her recently released memoir, Hold Still.  A book signing with the author will be held following the reading from 7:30–8 pm in the Conference Suite.
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Paul Mellon Lecture: Why the Pre-Raphaelites are Modern

Thu, Nov 5, 6:30 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
This year’s Paul Mellon lecture re-examines the work of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, which was founded in London in 1848, the Year of Revolutions.
Free, tickets required

Rodin & Co.: The Master and His Studio Collaborators

Fri, Dec 4, 6:30 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
With Nathalie Bondil, Director, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
Who were Rodin’s principal collaborators? They were mold makers, technicians, patinators, founders, photographers, friends, lovers, models, and students. Each brought expertise and, occasionally, innovation to the service of Rodin’s oeuvre. While explaining the technical challenges of sculpture and its capacity to be reproduced, this talk also explores the life within the studio and the encounters of different people, known or unknown, such as Desbois, Limet, Druet, or Bourdelle.
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Rodin and the Tradition of the Nude

Fri, Feb 26, 6:30 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
Most of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures depict the naked human body. This lecture will explore his lifelong engagement with the subject. In-depth examination of such works as The Age of Bronze, The Thinker and The Kiss will reveal Rodin as one of art history’s most profound and original artists. This lecture is inspired by Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, on view through March 13.
$8 (VMFA members $5)


Artist Talks

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