Celebrate Black History Month at VMFA

Celebrate Black artists and the stories they tell and explore the depth and breadth of the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Check out related programs for all ages in the schedule below, and visit 365 days a year for up-close experiences with extraordinary works of art by African American artists.

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EXHIBITION | Ebony Patterson: … three kings weep …

Through February 28, 2023
Free Admission

Experience the visuals, sound, and emotion in this large-scale video installation created by Jamaican-born artist Ebony Patterson. Shown slowly in reverse, Patterson’s film portrays a trilogy of three men, each on a separate screen, dressing themselves while tears quietly roll down their cheeks.

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INSTALLATION | RVA Community Makers 2023

February 16–March 19, 2023
Free Admission

Now in its 5th year, RVA Community Makers is an annual community-activated public art project presented by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and led by artist Hamilton Glass. Coinciding with VMFA’s celebration of Black History Month, the yearly project honors African American leaders from a variety of fields.

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Go beyond the surface of six works of art from VMFA’s collection to investigate how art can be an expression of place or personal and cultural identity; how different cultures throughout time represent history and identity through art; and what histories are publicly told and which are hidden. Explore digital interactives that provide a virtual look at the VMFA grounds over the past 200 years through the lens of the Black experience developed by the storytelling team at Hidden In Plain Site.™

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