The Perfection of Style

with Florence Müller, Avenir Foundation Curator of Textile Art, Curator of Fashion, Denver Art Museum

Thu, May 4 6:30-7:30pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Hear from the exhibition’s guest curator, Florence Müller, as she discusses the legacy of Yves Saint Laurent, his influence on contemporary designers, and collecting fashion.

The 23rd James River Film Festival

Thu, Apr 7, 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Hosting the Very Best of Rural Route The Rural Route Film Festival showcases international film shorts that take the road less traveled. This event will highlight some of the best entries from 2010–15. When Elephants Dance, the Grass Gets Beaten (2014; 25 min) Documentary | Jan van den Berg | Cambodia A traditional wedding takes place…

2017 Historic Garden Week

Garden Week Events Each spring visitors are welcomed to over 250 of Virginia’s most beautiful gardens, homes and historic landmarks during “America’s Largest Open House.” Click here to learn more about Historic Garden Week. See Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts Collection Like Never Before After an international tour, VMFA’s renowned collection of Fabergé returns to…

The 24th Annual James River Film Festival

Thu, Apr 13, 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015; 80 min) Directed by Kent Jones “A little slice of film buff-heaven.” –Screen Daily In 1962 Alfred Hitchcock and young film critic/director Francois Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the art of cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting, this film is a…

VMFA Book Club: The Paper Garden

Thu, Apr 28, 5:30–7 pm

Conference Room 1

This biography tells the story of Mary Delany, an artist who did not begin her artistic career until the age of 72. Following the death of her second husband, Mary delved into her love of botany to create a new art form: mixed-media collages of flowers now referred to as the Flora Delanica. Author Molly Peacock draws parallels…

3 in 30: VMFA’s Historic Grounds

Tue, Apr 5, 11–11:30 am & Thu, Apr 7, 6:30–7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services

Discover the rich history of the VMFA campus with Dr. Elizabeth L. O’Leary, the museum’s retired Associate Curator of American Art. This tour will take you outside, weather permitting, to explore three nearby buildings ranging in date from 1830 to 1932.

Teacher Workshop: What Meets the Eye? Light and Color

Sat, Mar 18, 10 am–3 pm

Pauley Center Historic Parlor & Galleries

Why did it take scientists so long to understand the connections between light and color? How did artists contribute to breakthroughs in understanding this relationship? Why are interactions of light and color so integral to art-making and art-appreciation? How do modern artists use light as a medium for works of art? How are these contemporary…

Tiffany and Co.

with Annamarie Sandecki, Archivist, Tiffany & Co.

Wed, Mar 8, 11 am–noon

Leslie Cheek Theater

Explore the brilliant, bedazzled work of Jean Schlumberger with Tiffany & Co. archivist Annamarie Sandecki, who will discuss the artist’s work as the chief designer for Tiffany & Co. in the 1950s. This program is presented as a collaboration between Maymont and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Archaeological Institute of America Lecture: The Second Temple as a Roman Building

with Dr. Peter Schertz, Jack and Mary Anne Frable Curator of Ancient Art

Thu, May 12, 6–7 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

The Temple of Herod in Jerusalem was one of the largest and most thoroughly documented religious sanctuaries in the Roman world. Described as an “Ornament to Empire” by its destroyer, the future emperor Titus, few physical signs of its grandeur remain. Working with archaeological evidence as well as ancient Jewish, Christian, and Polytheist literary texts,…

Todd Parsons Designs – Virginia Jewelry Artist Trunk Show

Fri, Jun 10, 11 am–7 pm & Sat, Jun 11, 11 am–4 pm


In early 2008, Richmond artist Todd Parsons had a vision to expand artistic boundaries with an unconventional medium: laser engraved artwork. Ranging from unique jewelry to digital fine art, his designs are inspired by African imagery, animal prints, abstract art, and nature. “Great pride is taken in the creative process,” says Parsons, “and my chief…