After 5 Fridays

After 5 Fridays Presented by Chase is the perfect way to kick off the weekend. Relax with a beverage, pick up a complimentary coozie and metal cup, visit the galleries for an art escape, and take part in the following featured attractions. View all previous virtual events on YouTube.

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Dominion Energy Jazz Café

Wednesdays, 6–8 pm Cochrane Atrium Join us every Wednesday for in-person performances by some of the area’s best jazz musicians. Dominion Energy Jazz Café is in partnership with the Richmond Jazz Society. 2022 Schedule View past virtual performances on YouTube.

Citizen Ashe: A documentary presented by CNN Films and HBO Max

Citizen Ashe
A documentary presented by CNN Films and HBO Max

Sat, Jun 25

10:30 am–1 pm | Includes panel discussion and Q&A

2–3:35 pm | Film only

Leslie Cheek Theater

VMFA hosts Richmond’s first-ever community screenings of Citizen Ashe, the documentary film about trailblazing tennis legend, humanitarian, and Richmond native Arthur Ashe. Told largely in Ashe’s own voice and featuring archival film, photography, and newsreel coverage of his athletic career, the documentary follows his self-exploration, evolution on race relations, family relationships, the pivotal decisions that…

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VMFA x Chilalay Pop-Up Event

Fri, Jul 8, 2022 | 6 pm

Cochrane Atrium

​Need a hot look this summer? Join us at the pop-up shop on July 8 and be among the first to own new Chilalay streetwear. VMFA has partnered with Richmond based streetwear company Chilalay on an exclusive capsule collection of streetwear fashion inspired by the works in Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits. Chilalay serves as an outlet…

Curator’s Talk | Whistler to Cassatt: The Making of an Exhibition

with Dr. Timothy Standring, Curator Emeritus, Denver Art Museum

Fri, Jul 8 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Dr. Standring discusses the challenges he and a team of colleagues faced over the past five years to present this groundbreaking exhibition about American painters in France. Why did many American artists turn to France for their training during the years between the American Civil War and the outbreak of World War I? Why did…

The Sketchers, 1913, John Singer Sargent (American, born Italy, 1856–1925), oil on canvas, 22 × 28 in. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund

Plein Air Pop-Ups

Sat, Jul 9, 10 am–1 pm | Varina Public Library

Let’s make art outdoors! Inspired by the VMFA exhibition Whistler to Cassatt: American Painters in France, we’re hosting art-making celebrations at scenic spaces around Richmond. Bring your own paints and paper, or any art-making materials! At each pop-up location, a limited number of easels will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. You can purchase…

VMFA Art After Hours: Soirée Française

July 16, 2022 | 7 pm–11:30 pm


Celebrate France with live music, dancing, food, and drinks. Hosted by Kelli Lemon, with DJ Lonnie B on the spin and live performances by Sounds Funny Band featuring Micah “Bam-Bamm” White. Your ticket includes: Music, dancing, and entertainment Food stations and one drink ticket Fun photo booths for fabulous 360 and selfie pics Admission to…

Capriccio with the Pyramid of Maupertuis (detail), 1798, Hubert Robert (French 1733-1808), oil on canvas. Jordan and Thomas Saunders III Collection, L2020.6.30.; The Finding of the Laocoon (detail), 1773, Hubert Robert (French 1733-1808), oil on canvas. Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Fund, 62.31.

Curator’s Talk | Reviving and Reimagining the Antique in the Age of Enlightenment: Two Paintings by Hubert Robert

Thu, Aug 4, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

The current presentation of an extraordinary painting by French artist Hubert Robert (1733-1808) from the Saunders Collection alongside another work by the artist from VMFA’s collection provides a splendid opportunity to analyze the 18th-century understanding of Mediterranean Antiquity as the wellspring of European culture. Painted twenty-five years apart, these two works respectively capture the tendency…

Outdoor Movie presented by VMFA and the Afrikana Film Festival

Fri, July 22, 2022 | 8:30–10:45 pm

VMFA Pauley Center South Lawn (If it rains: VMFA's Leslie Cheek Theater)

Bring your own chairs and blankets for this outdoor screening of the film Farewell Amor (2020; 95 min). Before the Angolan Civil War breaks out, Walter decides to immigrate to America, leaving his wife Esther and his young daughter Sylvia behind. It takes 17 years before they reunite in New York City to build a…