Festival Pre-screening and Reception: Toussaint Louverture Documentary

Sat, Sep 6, 1 – 5 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Toussaint Louverture, a two-part, action-packed epic film, depicts the life of the Haitian leader who led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence for Haiti from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, Louverture, and the success of the Haitian Revolution that he led, established Haiti as the first black…

Mixed Media: Experimental Arts

with Kendra Wadsworth

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 9 am – noon

Meet in the Pauley Center lobby

From weaving bicycle wheels to making mosaics, this studio class puts a fun and funky spin on art history while utilizing found objects and leftover supplies!

Book Club: Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Thu, Sep 18, 5:30 – 7 pm

Conference Room 1

Set in 19th century China, this novel tells the tale of a girl named Lily, who is paired with a laotong (“old same”) named Snow Flower. A girl’s relationship with her laotong is even more important than her relationship with her husband, and they are expected to be best friends for life. Often forced to communicate in…

Zero. A Sixty-Five Pounder Opening Fire, 1920, James McBey, drypoint. Promised Gift of Frank Raysor

3 in 30: Official War Artists: Recruited to Record

with With Kristie Couser, Curatorial Assistant for the Paul Mellon Collections

Tue, Sep 9, 11 – 11:30 am, or Sep 11, 6:30 – 7 pm

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

During World War I, participating governments often commissioned artists to create pictorial records of the war for propaganda or commemorative purposes. This talk will consider the privileges and challenges of the official War Artist role by exploring three prints on display in the exhibition THE GREAT WAR: Printmakers of World War I that evoke firsthand experiences…

Wine being poured into glasses

Shades of Beauty Day Mixer

Sat, Jul 19, 2 pm

Amuse Restaurant

Upside Marketing, The Verses Crew, and Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) are teaming up to celebrate the museum’s exhibition Posing Beauty with a day party mixer called “Shades of Beauty.” The mixer features music by Verses DJ Rich Simms, artwork by Verses resident artist Reshada Pullen-Jireh, and performances by international poet and Juilliard School poetry…

3 in 30: A Commitment to the Community: The Black Photographer’s Annual

Tue, Aug 8 and Thu, Aug 10

Meet at Visitor Services Desk

with Frank Saunders, Administrative Assistant for the Studio School and professional photographer John Szarkowski, the photography curator at the Museum of Modern Art, stated in his book The Photographer’s Eye that there were five elements that were essential to understanding the singular look of a photograph: the thing itself, the detail, the frame, time and vantage…

VMFA After Hours: Game ON!

Sat, Feb 2, 2019 | 7–11:30 pm


For a night of art, music, and games after dark, join hosts Kelli Lemon and Micah “Bam-Bamm” White plus DJ Lonnie B! See Congo Masks: Masterpieces from Central Africa. Dance in the Marble Hall. Play games like Family Feud in the Atrium. Join UnlockingRVA for karaoke. Compete in the gallery scavenger hunt to win a…

Community Conversation: Fashion, Gender Expression, and Sexuality

Jul 27, 6:30-7:30 pm

Reynolds Lecture Hall

With Jonathan Copeland, Fashion Stylist/Merchandiser and Publishing Entrepreneur; Rae Berryman, Independent Multicultural Marketing Consultant; Ted Lewis, Executive Director, Side by Side (formerly ROSMY) Celeste Fetta, VMFA Chief Educator, moderates a discussion with guests Jon Copeland, Rae Berryman, and Ted Lewis on how Yves Saint Laurent challenged fashion codes around sexuality and gender expression and identity.…


Third Fridays: Tango After Work

Third Friday of every month, 6 – 8 pm


Join in the fun and exotic beauty of the tango with Richmond’s tango community, while enjoying the food and social atmosphere in Best Café. You can also take advantage of half-price beverages as part of Friday Art & Wine.

Before the Storm, 20th century, Edward S. Hopper, photographic print on glass plate with metallic backing (Curt-tone). A. Paul Funkhouser Endowment Fund

VMFA Book Club: Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

with Christopher Oliver, Assistant Curator of American Art

Thu, Jul 24, 5:30 – 7 pm

Pauley Center Parlor

VMFA Book Club: Using books about artists or works of art currently on view at VMFA to pique curiosity and open discussions, VMFA Book Club explores these specific works of art as well as the setting and period surrounding the art. NOTE: Reading the book is helpful but not required. The VMFA Shop stocks a…