Pop Up: Mother's Memory

Pop Up: Mother’s Memory

with Debbie Quick, Faculty Research Fellow at the Arts Research Institute at VCUarts

Fri, Jun 29, 5–7 pm

Tapestry Hall

Join professional artist Debbie Quick, Faculty Research Fellow at the Arts Research Institute at VCUarts, for an activity that asks the visitor to share memories that will contribute to a collaborative and ongoing beaded artwork.

Gallery tour: 3 objects in 30 minutes

3 in 30: These Three Unassuming Objects

with Trent Nicholas, Media Programs Coordinator

Tue, Jun 5, 11–11:30 am

Thu, Jun 7, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Could mere design change the world? Three commonplace but handsome objects in our Decorative Arts galleries have so much more to them than what meets the eye. A gravitas of intent far exceeds their modestly useful functions. Come see and hear what deep meanings rest in these pieces that were part of bigger movements that…

Gallery Tour: Napoleon Casting a Long Shadow

3 in 30: Napoleon: Casting a Long Shadow

with Dr. Colleen Yarger, Curatorial Assistant for European Art and the Mellon Collection

Tue, Jul 10, 2018, 11–11:30 am

Thu, Jul 12, 2018, 6:30–7 pm

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While Napoleon was in power, and even after his downfall, he proved to be a valuable source of commissions and subject matter for artists. Although the connections between Napoleon and these artists are not always apparent, on this short tour, you’ll discover how he affected the artistic output of three artists in VMFA’s permanent collection.

Talk: Masters of self-branding

Image Makers: Masters of Self-Branding and their Impact on Culture

with Terry Melville, Founder, The Betty Creative Awards and former Vice President/Fashion Director for Macy’s New York in conversation with Freddie Leiba, Creative Director, Fashion Editor and Stylist

Fri, Jul 20, 2018
6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Napoleon Bonaparte and his household worked diligently to perfect his image as a revolutionary war hero and later as an emperor of France. This effort to self-brand is just as prevalent today. Celebrities like Beyonce, Oprah, and Ralph Lauren utilize social media, the internet, and the press to craft their public personas. Explore the concepts…

Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte, First Consul, in the Uniform of a General in the Army of Italy

Napoleon’s Military & Political Rise to Power

with Dr. Rafe Blaufarb, Director and Ben Weider Eminent Scholar in Napoleonic Studies, Department of History, Florida State University

Fri, Aug 17, 2018, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

From obscure origins, Napoleon Bonaparte rose rapidly through the ranks of the army during the first years of the Revolution, becoming a general by the age of 25.  This talk examines Napoleon’s early military career and challenges the myth that his dramatic rise epitomizes the revolutionary principle of “careers open to talent.”  

3 in 30: Six Degrees of Napoleon: The Power of Splendor

with Twyla Kitts, Teacher Programs Coordinator

Tue, Aug 7, 2018, 11–11:30 am

Thu, Aug 9, 2018, 6:30–7 pm

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How do powerful individuals assert their power and prestige? Napoleon’s careful construction of his imperial image invites comparisons with the visual symbols and images used by other rulers in different times and places. Join this gallery tour to discover what happens when visual symbols clash with real-world events.

Portrait of Napoleon, Emperor of the French, in Ceremonial Robes

TALK | Napoleon: Power and Splendor

with Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Curator of Early Decorative Arts, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Fri, Jun 8, 2018
6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Announcement: Tickets to Friday’s talk with Dr. Sylvain Cordier, curator of “Napoleon: Power and Splendor” are SOLD OUT. For other exhibition-related programs and events, visit the exhibition page. Dr. Sylvain Cordier, co-curator of Napoleon: Power and Splendor, will discuss the art and objects of Napoleon’s Imperial Household. Sold Out

Film: Désirée (1954)

Film: Désirée (1954)

with Dr. Mitchell Merling Paul Mellon Curator and Head of the Department of European Art

Sun, Aug 12, 2018, 1:30–4 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

This highly speculative historical tableau posits that the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte (Marlon Brando) rested on his impossible love for a youthful, alluring millinery clerk, Désirée Clary (Jean Simmons). A brooding Napoleon marries worldly widow Joséphine de Beauharnais (Merle Oberon) to advance his career. Still smitten with Napoleon, the fearless Désirée weds General…

Romeo and Juliet tickets on sale

Quill Theatre Presents: Romeo and Juliet

Apr 6-22

Fri & Sat, 7:30 pm

Sun, 1:30 pm*

Leslie Cheek Theater

The most famous romance of all time, this fiery, impatient, swaggering play about two young “star-crossed” lovers will move and enchant young and old alike. The story: in Verona, Italy, torn by civil hatred and uncontrollable street brawling, the teenaged son and daughter of rival families meet by accident, and fall passionately in love. With…

James River Film Festival: Dawson City: Frozen Time

Sat, Mar 17, 2018
10:30 am–1 pm

Cheek Theater

A cinema enthusiast’s delight, Dawson City: Frozen Time (2016; 120 min) pieces together the bizarre true story of a collection of some 500 films, dating from 1910s–1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. Using these permafrost protected, rare silent films…