A visitor enjoys, All Things Considered, a piece of art from VMFA's Tsherin Sherp: Spirits exhibition

Conversation | Relocation, Connection & Community

Fri, Jul 29, 2022 | 6:30–7:30pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Join VMFA for a panel discussion of individuals who immigrated to the United States much like Tsherin Sherpa, the Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist currently featured in the special exhibition Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits. Discover the connections between the artist’s journey and art and the immigrant experiences of members of the Richmond community. Panelists: Livestream Option: Can’t…

Outdoor Movie presented by VMFA and the Afrikana Film Festival

Fri, Jul 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…

VMFA Art After Hours: Soirée Française

Sat, Jul 16, 2022 | 7–11:30 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…

The Sketchers (detail), 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

Canceled Due to Weather 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…

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…

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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. Grab a drink, dance, shop, and enjoy free admission to Tsherin…

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…