VMFA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month 2021

VMFA Celebrates Native American Heritage Month 2021 During Native American Heritage Month and throughout the year, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts invites you to join its ongoing celebration of the artistry and cultures of America’s Indigenous peoples. From the museum’s permanent collection to programs and educational content, there are many opportunities to learn about…

The Wheat Field behind St. Paul's Hospital, St. Rémy, 1889, Vincent van Gogh, (Dutch, active in France, 1853–1890), oil on canvas. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Paul Mellon Lecture – Van Gogh and the Olive Groves

with Dr. Nicole R. Myers, The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Senior Curator of European Art, Dallas Museum of Art

Thu, Nov 4, 2021 | 6:30—7:30pm


Between June and December 1889, Vincent van Gogh produced a stunning series of fifteen paintings dedicated to the olive groves that dotted the rugged countryside outside his residence at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Bold and experimental, they comprise one of the most ambitious series in the artist’s oeuvre. Yet despite the aesthetic and symbolic significance…

VMFA Photo Challenge

VMFA Photo Challenge

Challenge #1: The Splendor of Nature Nov 2021 Inspired by the exhibition Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature, our first challenge invites you to capture the drama and splendor of the American landscape. What places of natural beauty matter to you? How might you showcase the landscape’s pure beauty, breathtaking vistas, and elegant details through photography?…

Ron Smith, former poet laureate of Virginia, in the exhibition Man Ray: The Paris Years

The Poetic World of Man Ray

Wednesdays starting Nov 3, 2021 through Feb 16, 2022 | 1–1:30pm


Enjoy live readings of poetry selections by Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Virginia Woolf and other writers featured in Man Ray photographs. Selections vary week to week and are presented by Ron Smith, former poet laureate of Virginia, and VMFA staff. Please note, due to the holidays, there will be no readings on Nov 24…

Cohen Film Collection LLC

Man Ray & Friends Film Night: Significant Logic Goes Without Saying

with an introduction by Dr. Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education, VMFA

Fri, Jan 14, 2022 | 6:30—9 pm


A slate of five experimental films inspired by the Dada or Surrealist modes. Three made by Man Ray himself and two by Marcel Duchamp and Jean Cocteau, fellow noted artists who sat for portraits. These moving image productions complement and enhance the exhibition of Man Ray’s still photographs. By Man Ray: Retour à la raison…

Barbette, 1926, Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, 2018.360 © Man Ray 2015 Trust/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/ADAGP, Paris 2021

Barbette’s Brunch Ball

Sun, Jan 23, 2022 | 11 am–2 pm


In 1926, Man Ray captured the legendary trapeze and drag artist Barbette in a stunning photograph. Following in Barbette’s footsteps (also known as Vander Clyde Broadway), six Queens from Richmond’s drag community headline a high-energy brunch show in VMFA’s Marble Hall.

Ruby Richards with Diamonds, ca. 1938, gelatin silver print, Man Ray (American, 1890–1976), Collection of Michael and Jacky Ferro, Miami, © Man Ray 2015 Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY / ADAGP, Paris 2021

Introducing Ruby Richards

with Dr. Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education The family of Ruby Richards will join Dr. Taylor for a roundtable discussion and audience Q & A.

Thu, Feb 9, 2022 | 6:30–7:30pm


In 1938 the African American dancer and singer Ruby Richards moved to Paris to replace Josephine Baker as the star attraction at the Folies Bergère. The famous cabaret music hall commissioned Man Ray to help introduce Richards to French audiences through his innovative portrait photographs. Timed to coincide with VMFA’s special exhibition, Man Ray: The…

Tintype of Gaylord Torrence by photographer Will Wilson

Mary Lynn Kotz Award For Art in Literature

Fri, Oct 15, 2021 | 6–7:30 pm


The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are pleased to announce the winner of the annual Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award. The judges selected Gaylord Torrence’s book Continuum: North American Native Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This event will feature a presentation by the award honoree,…