3 in 30: Hunting for Jeweled Treasure: The Fabergé Obsession

with Twyla Kitts, Teacher Programs Educator

Tue, Apr 4, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Apr 6, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

What is it about Fabergé’s creations that fascinates people? Of course the imperial eggs are worth millions of dollars and the craftsmanship of a genuine Fabergé is remarkable, but there are other reasons that are just as compelling. This gallery talk will explore the stories of opulence, revolution, and death associated with these works of…

How…Do Art & Music Come Together?

with Else Olsen Storesund, pianist and composer

Thu, Nov 10, 11 am–noon

Leslie Cheek Theater

Discover the music of John Cage, an American composer, music theorist, and artist who was also a friend and collaborator of Jasper Johns. Together with other contemporaries, Cage and Johns explored the combination of visual and musical elements in performance art to create new, daring pieces of contemporary art. Cage was a pioneer of open-form…

Fabergé: A Life of Its Own

(2014; 90 min)
Fri, Nov 18, 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

From Imperial Russia to the present day, this exciting documentary tells the epic story of the Fabergé name, spanning 150 years of turbulent history, romance, artistic development, and commercial exploitation. Among many examples shown, 20 pieces from VMFA’s own Fabergé Collection, bequeathed by Lillian Thomas Pratt, are featured up close in brilliant high definition and given…

Paul Mellon Lecture: Van Gogh and Japan

with Dr. Cornelia Homburg, independent art historian and guest curator of Van Gogh: Up Close

Thu, Nov 10, 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

This lecture focuses on Van Gogh’s work from Paris and the south of France. It investigates how the painter constructed a specific image of Japan, based partly on facts and largely on his imagination, and how this image enabled him to define his own position as a modern artist. The lecture will highlight several major…

3 in 30: Charles Meryon & John Taylor Arms

with Mary Holland, printmaker and Thomas C. Gordon, Jr. Director of the Studio School

Tue, Nov 1, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Nov 3, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Investigate 19th- and 20th-century architectural etchings in the new works on paper exhibition, Remnants and Revivals: Architectural Etchings by Charles Meryon and John Taylor Arms, by comparing similar views of a Paris landmark and a Gothic Revival skyscraper in New York City.


By William Shakespeare October 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm (free tickets released at 5 pm) Virginia Museum of Fine Arts at the Leslie Cheek Theater 200 N. Boulevard, Richmond VA 23220 “Et tu, Brute?” It’s the biggest theatre party of the season, and you’re invited! This year, we’re doing a fresh take on our looniest event…

Virginia Tech Student Symposium: Bodies & Power: Picturing Identity from the 18th to 21st Century

Thu, Dec 1, 3–4:30 pm

Pauley Center Parlor

How does the human form stand as a durable yet flexible icon across cultures, places, and periods? What happens when bodies are compelled to symbolize dynamic political, social, and mythological narratives? This research symposium, co-organized with the School of Visual Arts at Virginia Tech, explores these questions through fresh interpretations of objects in the permanent collection. Students in…

First Friday Pop Up: Ambiguous Images

Fri, Dec 2, 5:30–8:30 pm


What do you see? A duck or rabbit? A vase or a profile of a man? Take a closer look at the work of Jasper Johns and make art inspired by his use of ambiguous images. We’re hosting this pop up event on our December First Friday event in the Atrium so enjoy live performances…

Teacher Workshop: Fabergé: From Russian Tsars to American Collectors

Thu, Oct 27, 4:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

Have you missed VMFA’s Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts gallery? After returning from their world tour, the objects in this collection will be back on view beginning in October 2016. The new, expanded installation features a number of objects that have rarely been on view, as well as a significant new acquisition. Resources for teaching…

Gloria Armentrout – Virginia Handbag Artist Trunk Show

Wedand Thur, Dec 6 and 7, 2017
11 am - 5 pm on Dec 6; 7 pm on Dec 7


Inspired by bold color, textures, and all things vintage since her childhood, Gloria Armentrout extended her interior design practice and sewing capabilities to a whole new art form. Her one-of-a-kind handbag creations, made from New York fabric or vintage family heirlooms, serve as both functional and funky pieces of wearable art. Join us in the…