VMFA Book Club: Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell by Deborah Soloman

Thu, Apr 20, 5:30–7:30 PM

Conference Room 1

The mysterious 20th century American artist Joseph Cornell created collaged shadow boxes in the basement of his home for most of his life. Despite his minimal contact with the outside world, his works straddled Surrealism, Pop Art, and Abstract Expressionism. Considered a recluse and an “outsider” artist, this biography delves into his legendary life and…

Belle de Jour

with Guest speaker: Michael Taylor, PhD., VMFA Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education

Fri, June 23 | 6:30pm–9pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Film: Belle de Jour (1967; 100 min; In French with subtitles) Director Luis Buñuel, a member of the notorious 1920s Paris Surrealist group, realized his greatest commercial success in the late 1960s with this sly and baffling film, his first in color.  The “Old Iconoclast” modernized his brand of oneiric humor and mystery to create…

Civil War and Emancipation Day

Saturday, April 08, 2017 10:00AM - 4:00PM

American Civil War Museum

This year’s Civil War and Emancipation Day highlights two significant themes in post-War Richmond that have evolved into fundamental components of our modern democracy: voting and education. Join cultural, historical, and community organizations from Greater Richmond for a day of hands-on activities, performances, historical talks, and a mid-day keynote program.

Pop-up: Paper Dolls

Fri, Jun 2 5:30 - 7:30pm


Feeling inspired by Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic fashions? Drop by the First Friday Pop-Up to create your own paper doll!

Community Conversation: Restitution and Reunion: The Fischer Family & VMFA

with with Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Associate Curator of Contemporary and Modern Art with Erin Mahone, Director of Cultural Arts and Jewish Engagement

Thu, May 18 6:30-7:30pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Explore the fascinating journey of one of VMFA’s recent acquisitions. Ernst Ludwig Kirchner’s painting Sand Hills at Grünau was recently returned to the Fischer family heirs after they were able to prove that it was confiscated by the Nazis from the collection of Max Fischer. Join Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, VMFA Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary…

3 in 30: Yves Saint Laurent’s Inspirations

Tue, Jun 6 & Thu, Jun 8 | 11am & 6:30pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Join Chief Educator, Celeste Fetta, to learn more about artists and cultures that inspired Yves Saint Laurent’s designs through examination of three works in the VMFA’s permanent collection.

3 in 30: Yves Saint Laurent, Art Deco, and Collecting Treasures

with Barry Shifman, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator, Decorative Arts 1890 to the Present

Tue, Jul 11, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Jul 13, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé were important collectors of Paris Art Deco objects. Many Art Deco works of art in the Sydney and Frances Lewis Collection relate to those acquired by Saint Laurent and Bergé. This 3 in 30 will explore a number of objects at VMFA that highlight the Art Deco…

Trunk Show: Kris Taylor – Virginia Jewelry & Print Artist

Thu & Fri, Apr 27–28, 11 am–7 pm &
Sat, Apr 29, 11 am–4 pm

Celebrate Virginia Garden Week in Richmond with Kris Taylor! Based in Richmond, Virginia, Kris specializes in oil paintings and etchings, but one of her favorite projects is the design and creation of whimsical lizard pins. Each pin is unique, colorful, and imbued with its own personality. Using beads, pearls, fabric, and wire, Kris gives us…

Trunk Show: Diane Ginsberg – DWG Botanicals

Sat, Apr 22, 11 am–5 pm & Sun, Apr 23, 11 am–4 pm


Kick off Virginia Garden Week with Diane Ginsberg in the VMFA Shop. Living on Virginia’s eastern shore, Diane is surrounded by gardens and abundant botanical life. She is a self-taught photographer who takes great pride in capturing the astonishing beauty of plants, flowers and natural scenery to produce exquisite note cards and stationery.

Trunk Show: Angie Wiggins – Virginia Mixed Media Artist

Thu & Fri, Apr 27–28, 11 am–7 pm &
Sat, Apr 29, 11 am–4 pm


Angie Wiggins graduated from JMU with a BFA degree, concentration in crafts. She began her artistic career as a weaver and fiber artist before turning her interests and creative efforts to paper- and felt-making. Handmade paper bowls become a canvas which Angie embellishes with all sorts of media, including glass, fabric, and organic materials. In addition…