Date Night! Buy One, Get One Free

Thursdays & Fridays, 4–9 pm

This Thursday and Friday, mention DATE NIGHT at the Visitor Services Desk to enjoy Buy One, Get One Free tickets for Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style! Offer valid at the Visitor Services Desk only, not available online.  

3 in 30: Esoteric Buddhism’s Wrathful Protectors

Tue, Jul 7, 11 – 11:30 am

Thu, Jul 9, 6:30 – 7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

Extremely popular in the repertoire of modern Japanese tattooing are large-scale images of fierce guardians taken from the pantheon of Japanese esoteric Buddhism. These so-called myō-ō figures serve to protect the wearer’s body just as they protect the Buddhist doctrine itself. Inspired by such imagery in Japanese Tattoo: Perseverance, Art, and Tradition, Dr. John Henry…

Free Film: Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times

Aug 1, 1-2:45 pm

Cheek Theater

Yves Saint Laurent: His Life and Times (2004; 77 min; In French with English Subtitles) A fully realized portrait of Yves Saint Laurent emerges from extensive interviews at different stages of his career, archival film footage and photos, and frank commentary by his closest associates and contemporaries. This poignant and moving biography of the man…

The 6th Annual VCU Southern Film Festival

Fri, Sep 11, 6:30 – 9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Screening Southern Music: Heart o’ the Hills (1919; 87 min.) This year, the theme of the VCU Southern Film Festival is “Exploring Musical Traditions & Stereotypes in Popular Film.” The film at VMFA is Heart o’ the Hills, is a silent film exploring family tensions and the exploitation of coal resources in the highlands of…

River City Taiko Drummers

Sat, Sep 5, 1:15 – 2 pm

Experience the Japanese tradition of taiko drumming that dates back to the 6th century with the River City Taiko Drummers. The evolution of this percussion can be traced throughout history—from the battlefield to the theater and to religious ceremonies. Come learn how taiko is used today with Alasdair Denvil of the University of Richmond and…

Faure Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine

Thu, Jun 18, 7 pm

Marble Hall

Organized by the Classical Revolution RVA and St. Edward Music Ministry, this free performance features singers and instrumentalists from across Richmond performing the music of Gabriel Faure (1845-1924), including Faure’s Requiem and the Cantique de Jean Racine, both frequently performed works of this great French composer. An excellent complement to Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse:…

Celebrate African and African American Art: All Good!

Sat, Jun 20, 11 am – 3 pm | VMFA Free, no tickets required. To the Ndebele people of South Africa “good” and “beautiful” mean the same thing. At this celebration of diversity, we will introduce themes of pattern and design in African and African American culture and show how these themes relate to daily…

The RVA Japanese Tattoo Scavenger Hunt

May 18 - May 28, 2015


Japanese tattoos traditions inspire Strength. Courage. Perseverance. Things you see in RVA every day. With that in mind, we’re giving Richmond its very first Japanese tattoo – one piece at a time. Every couple of days, we’ll put a new piece of the tattoo around Richmond, in a place that represents that tattoo’s meaning. And we want…

Celebrate the art of Latin America: Mexico!

¡Celebre el Arte Latino Americano: México! Sat, Sept 12, 11 am – 3 pm | VMFA Free, no tickets required. Bring the whole family to VMFA’s fiesta patrias (Patriot Festival) to celebrate Mexico’s independence. Enjoy traditional dance, performances by the Latin Ballet, music, artist demonstrations, and crafts, including making a Day of Dead skull maracas, a…

ARTrageous 2015!

Tickets now on sale! VMFA’s signature biennial party celebrating the cultural vibrancy that the museum brings to the commonwealth Inspired by this year’s special exhibitions devoted to French art — Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower and Rodin: Evolution of a Genius — ARTrageous 2015 will transport you to the Belle Époque.…