Brewer’s Sessions x VMFA The Dirty South

June 19, 2021 | 7:00–7:30 pm

Online Performance

This special Juneteenth edition of Brewer’s Sessions is presented by VPM at VMFA. Inspired by the exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, this set by Bee Boisseau Project celebrates Black music—from jazz and blues to R&B and funk. At VMFA through September 6, the exhibition traces 100 years of…

Natural Bridge, Rockbridge County, VA, from "Album of Virginia,” 1858, Edward Beyer (German, active in United States, ca. 1820–65). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginiana Fund

3 in 30: “Bridge of Years”: Perspectives and Portrayals of a “Natural Wonder”

with Sarah Rasich, Distance Learning Content Specialist

Tue, Jun 8, 2021 | 11–11:30am

Gallery Program (VIRTUAL)

How does a geological formation become a celebrated icon? What role might imagery play in this celebrity? Explore three objects featured in Virginia Arcadia: The Natural Bridge in American Art to consider what is at play when artists translate place into picture.

The Richmond (VA) Chapter of The Links, Inc. presents VMFA Community Day

Sat, Jun 5, 2021 | 11 am–1 pm

Stop by VMFA to celebrate the rich tradition of African American art presented in our latest exhibition–The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse. Families will receive a gift bag with a take-home art activity and a voucher for complimentary admission to the exhibition. Generously sponsored by Make sure to join us…

Caspera, 2019, RaMell Ross (American, born 1982), inkjet print mounted on dibond. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, National Endowment for the Arts Fund for American Art. Image: © RaMell Ross

Virtual Curator’s Talk – The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

with Valerie Cassel Oliver

Thu, May 20, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Valerie Cassel Oliver, the exhibition’s curator and VMFA’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, discusses the works on view in the groundbreaking exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse, and how they reveal aesthetic traditions of the African American South and their influences on art,…

P. Orr and Sons (Madras, India), Five-Piece Tea Service, 1876, silver, gilding, ivory, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Gift of the estate of Paul F. Walter

3 in 30: New Installations in VMFA’s Late Indian Art Gallery

Tue, May 4, 2021 | 11—11:30 am

Gallery Program (VIRTUAL)

” new_window=”yes”]Watch on YouTube[/button] Explore three works of art coming to the museum’s permanent collection with VMFA’s Dr. John Henry Rice, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art.

Raven Custalow

Artist Talk: Raven Custalow

with Raven Custalow

Fri, Apr 23, 2021 | 6:30–7:30 pm


In 2020, Raven Custalow, Virginia Native artist of Mattaponi and Rappahannock ancestry and an enrolled member of the Mattaponi tribe, was commissioned by VMFA to create a feather-mantle titled Puttawus. Join the museum for a discussion about the work and the artist’s practice with Dr. Johanna Minich, VMFA’s Assistant Curator of Native American Art.

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

Member Appreciation Nights: The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse

Every Wednesday through September 1, 2021 | 5–9 pm

Beginning May 26, Enjoy a series of special evenings that provide VMFA members the opportunity to view The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse on a night of members-only access to the exhibition. Single-cardholder members may reserve one free guest ticket each week, and dual-cardholder members may reserve two free guest…

VMFA Youth & Family Studio Programs: Faculty & Staff Art Show 2021

Jan 23, 2021 – Apr 18, 2021

[new_royalslider id=”49″] VMFA’s Youth and Family Studio Programs employs a team of more than 30 professional artists and educators to lead classes for students from the ages of five to seventeen. These studio instructors have varying academic and artistic backgrounds and specialize in a wide range of media, bringing diversity and expertise to our exciting…

3 in 30: The First Hundred Years of Photography

with Frank Saunders

Tue, Apr 6, 2021 | 11—11:30 am


Join photo educator Frank Saunders as he discusses works from the current exhibition, Masterpieces From The VMFA Collection: The First Hundred Years of Photography, 1839-1939, by photographers, Timothy O’Sullivan, Eugene Atget, and Edward Weston. Learn their stories and why these works are considered masterpieces.

Collection Connection: American Land, American People

Wed, Mar 17 | 11 am–12 pm

Virtual Gallery Program

Explore how pairing historical and contemporary artworks by Native American and Euro-American artists inspires new readings and unearths overlooked narratives of our nation’s history and culture. Following a discussion on the current gallery exhibition, American Land, American People, Haley Clouser, Exhibitions Research Assistant, will present additional examples of collection pairings in an attempt to offer…