The Merging of Egyptian and Greek Artistic Traditions

with Dr. Jeremy McInerny, Professor of Classical Studies, UPENN

Thu, Jan 14 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Virtual Presentation through Zoom

Tickets Available Soon! Speaker Bio Jeremy McInerney is Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches Greek history. He has done research on ethnicity and landscape, and his current research is focused on the function of hybridity in Greek culture. He has also recently published studies of the temple of Hephaistos…

Egypt and Kush: Superpowers of the Nile Valley

with Dr. Caroline M. Rocheleau, Egyptologist & Curator of Ancient Art, Project Director, Bacchus Conservation Project, North Carolina Museum of Art

Fri, Sep 25 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Virtual Presentation through Zoom

Join Nubiologist/Egyptologist Caroline Rocheleau as she explores the complex relationship between the two superpowers of the ancient Nile Valley. Discover the similarities and differences between Egypt and its southern neighbor, the Kingdom of Kush in Nubia, and learn how differently the two were perceived by early explorers and the West. Speaker Bio Caroline Rocheleau obtained…

Re-Membering Osiris: Overcoming Death in Ancient Egypt

with Dr. Robert Ritner, Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago

Sun, Oct 25 | 2:30–3:30 pm

Virtual Presentation through Zoom

This lecture will examine the underlying mythology, symbolism, and festival rituals for Osiris, the Egyptian god of the dead, focusing on the rites of reanimation celebrated at the now sunken city of Canopus on the Mediterranean coast. Speaker Bio Robert K. Ritner is the inaugural Rowe Professor of Egyptology at the Oriental Institute of the…

The Maritime History & Archaeology of Ancient Egypt

with Dr. Pearce Paul Creasman, Archaeologist and Director of the American Center of Oriental Research

Sun Nov 15 | 2:30–3:30 pm

Virtual Presentation through Zoom

With their reliance on the Nile, oases, and seas, it should come as no surprise that the ancient inhabitants of Egypt incorporated the life-sustaining waters in their material and spiritual worlds. Indeed, ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman ingenuity often circumvented natural geological barriers, resulting in the redirection of these bodies of water, if only partial…

The Art of Object Conservation

Fri, Dec 11 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Virtual Presentation through Zoom

with Elsa Sanguoard, Senior Conservator, USS Monitor Center, Newport News, VA, in conversation with Ainslie Harrison, Associate Objects Conservator, VMFA,moderated by Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Ann Frable Curator of Ancient Art, VMFA Join experts in the field of conservation for a discussion about the different techniques and strategies needed to stabilize objects for…

Installation of Procession

August 12 to September 22, 2020


VMFA invites visitors to observe the installation of the mural, Procession, in the Atrium from August 12 to September 22, 2020. Procession is a site-specific, commissioned work by Nigerian-born American artist Odili Donald Odita. Odita designed the mural to activate the Atrium space with color, line, and forms. Using acrylic and latex paint, acrylic soft…

Virtual First Friday: Andy Jenkins featuring Cameron Ralston and Alan Parker

Fri, Aug 7, 2020 | 6:30 pm

Virtual Performance on YouTube

VMFA presents singer-songwriter Andy Jenkins, featuring Cameron Ralston and Alan Parker. Following a brief discussion, the trio’s virtual performance from Spacebomb Records will include songs from Jenkins’s indie-folk album, Sweet Bunch. Check back here on August 7, 2020 at 6:30 pm for the presentation!

Paul Mellon Lecture – Painting Alongside Gauguin: A Masterpiece of the Pont-Aven School by Paul Sérusier

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

Thu, Nov 5 | 6:30-7:30 pm

Virtual Presentation through Zoom

Between 1888 and 1890, Paul Sérusier made several trips to the small city Pont-Aven, in Brittany, to apprentice with Paul Gauguin. At that time, Gauguin had abandoned the faithful representation of nature in favor of an experimental practice whereby colors could be used expressively and become tantamount to immediate sensations. Sérusier’s The Three-Pond Cottage at…

VIRTUAL FAMILY DAY – Celebrate African and African American Art: Egypt

Sun, Nov 8, 2020 | Goes Live at 11 am


Welcome to VMFA’s VIRTUAL FAMILY DAY EVENT Celebrate African and African American Art: Egypt Thank you for joining us to celebrate the art and culture of Egypt at VMFA’s Virtual Family Day! Explore as we learn about Egypt through activities inspired by works of art in VMFA’s collection, performances, virtual gallery exploration, and more! Generously…

3 in 30: American Land, American People

Tue, Nov 3 | 11:00–11:30 am

Gallery Program (VIRTUAL)

This virtual gallery program will highlight three works from the ongoing American Land, American People installation in the American gallery. Works by three different Native American artists will be discussed in terms of how they expand under-recognized narratives in American history and counter misinterpretations of Native American culture.