Talks + Lectures

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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)

Get to Know Fellowships: Free Funding for Virginia’s Artists and Art Historians

Fri, Sep 16, 1–2 pm | Pauley Center Parlor
Wed, Oct 5, 6 pm | Rawls Museum Arts, Courtland, VA

Learn more about the VMFA Fellowship Program with this free discussion open to practicing and aspiring artists and art historians. VMFA Fellowship Program Coordinator, Jenny Harding, will provide a history of the Fellowship program and review the requirements as well as helpful hints for navigating the application process.  Visit our Fellowship Program page for more info!

Free, no registration required

Conversation: Gordon Parks, From Kansas to New York

Tue, Sep 27, 6–7 pm | Jepson Theatre, Modlin Center for the Arts, University of Richmond

Join Karen E. Haas, curator of Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott, and Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of the Gordon Parks Foundation, in conversation with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

This program is presented as a collaboration between the University of Richmond and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Free, no tickets required

Parks at Life: Works from VMFA's Collection

Wed, Sep 28, 11 am–noon |Reynolds Lecture Hall

Explore Gordon Parks’s larger career at Life magazine by examining VMFA’s collection of works by the photographer. The conversation will be followed by a gallery visit to the special exhibition, Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott.

Program presented as a collaboration between the University of Richmond and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Free, tickets required

Gordon Parks's American Stories

Thu, Oct 6, 6:307:30 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.

$8 (VMFA members $5) 


Artist Talks

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