Dancers performing at Latin America Family Day

VMFA Celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month 2021

Join the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month! VMFA proudly serves diverse communities in the greater Richmond area and throughout the Commonwealth. To honor its commitment to inclusion of people of Hispanic heritage and the broader Latinx community, VMFA continuously expands its offerings of educational and cultural experiences to include…

Sand Dunes, Sunrise, Death Valley National Monument, CA, 1948, printed 1974, Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984), gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of Andrea Gray Stillman

Ansel Adams Up Close and Personal

with Andrea Gray Stillman, former assistant to Ansel Adams and independent scholar

Fri, Oct 8, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 pm


In this intimate view of Ansel Adams, Stillman draws on her experiences managing the sales of hundreds of his photographs, editing his writings, organizing his archive, and accompanying him on extensive travels. She will share anecdotes of Ansel’s early life in San Francisco where he wrestled with the decision to pursue a career as a…

Conversation and Book Signing: Man Ray: The Artist and His Shadows

with Dr. Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education, VMFA and Curator of the special exhibition Man Ray:The Paris Years and Arthur Lubow, Journalist, Critic and Author

Fri, Jan 28, 2022

Conversation: 6:30–7:30pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Book Signing (Free, no tickets required): 7:30–8:30pm | Conference Center Suites

Join acclaimed writer and journalist Arthur Lubow and Dr. Michael Taylor, curator of VMFA’s exhibition, Man Ray: The Paris Years, for a conversation about Man Ray’s life and work in connection with Lubow’s new biography, Man Ray: The Artist and His Shadows (2021, Yale University Press, Jewish Lives series). Following the conversation, Lubow will sign…

Man Ray Self Portrait, 1930, Jewish Museum

Curator’s Opening Talk | Man Ray: The Paris Years

with Dr. Michael Taylor, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Fri, Oct 29, 2021 | 6:30—7:30pm


This lecture focuses on the innovative portrait photographs that Man Ray (the pseudonym of Emmanuel Radnitzky) made in the French capital between 1921 and 1940. In the early decades of the 20th century, Paris became famous as a powerful and evocative symbol of artistic freedom and daring experimentation, drawing a large number of artists, architects,…

Pensive (La Songeuse), 1875, Pierre Auguste Renoir (French, 1841–1919), oil on paper on canvas. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

Curator’s Talk – The Reinstallation of the Mellon Collection

with Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art

Wed, Oct 27, 2021 | 6:30—7:30pm


The collection of European paintings, sculptures, and decorative arts given to VMFA by Paul and Rachel Mellon constitute an essential facet of the museum’s identity. The galleries dedicated to this unique constellation of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works, sporting art, and Jean Schlumberger jewelry have been completely redesigned and will open to the public this autumn.…

A family enjoys arts & crafts at VMFA's Latin America Family Day

Virtual Family Day – Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Puerto Rico

Welcome to VMFA’s VIRTUAL FAMILY DAY EVENT Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Puerto Rico Sep 11, 2021 – Oct 31, 2021 Exploring Our Virtual Event Welcome to Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Puerto Rico Family Day! This year, we are excited to host both our virtual and in-person Family Day event (taking place…

Dirty South Virtual Lecture & Performance – Bodies of Music, Songs of Magic

with Dr. Guthrie Ramsey, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Fri, Aug 20, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Online through Zoom

In this multimedia presentation, narration, photographs, visual art, and dynamic performances illustrate the central role Black music has played in American history. Covering the antebellum period to the present, the program demonstrates the power and importance of this musical tradition in shaping American identities and culture. Presented by

From Asterisks in Dockery, 2012, Rodney McMillian (American, born 1969), vinyl, thread, wood, paint, light bulb. Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles. Image: © Robert Wedemeyer

The Dirty South Virtual Speaker Series

VMFA is hosting a series of talks in conjunction with the special exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. These bi-weekly virtual conversations between scholars, curators, and visual and musical artists explore poetry, visual and sonic culture, contemporary southern hip-hop, and legacies of traditional southern aesthetics. All events will be…