Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Summer Breeze evening in the sculpture garden and dancing in the atrium at VMFA.

Photo: David Stover © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Summer Breeze evening in the sculpture garden and dancing in the atrium at VMFA.

VMFA ARTrageous x After Hours: Down South Hustle

Sat, Jul 24, 2021 | General Admission: 8 pm | VIP Admission: 7 pm


Two events unite for a special evening inspired by the current exhibition The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse.

Presented by

With generous support provided by

In the Garden

Celebrate the return of music and dancing to VMFA.
Hosted by Kelli Lemon | Featuring DJ Lonnie B
Under the tent | 8–11 pm

Watch a video projection inspired by The Dirty South exhibition.
Presented by Afrikana

Experience AfroDixie ReMixes, a sound installation by artist John Sims.
Confederate Memorial Chapel | closes at 10:45 pm

To learn more about the artist and the installation, register for the free July 30 Virtual Artist Talk and Performance.

Visit the MMG 360 photo booth with your friends to get captured on a fun slow-motion video.
Pause at the Selfie Station for a stylish must-have selfie under the trees.

Share your best pics with us

Selfie station seating curated by

Be sure to visit the McKinnon and Harris Cocktail Lounge featuring high-performance exterior furniture crafted by hand in Richmond.


Visit The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture, and the Sonic Impulse.
Lower Level Galleries | closes at 10:45 pm

The exhibition continues in two additional locations that also close at 10:45 pm:
Mellon Galleries (Level 2) | Paul Rucker’s Storm in the Time of Shelter
Confederate Memorial Chapel* | John Sims’s AfroDixie Remixes

*The chapel is located at the south end of Robins Sculpture Garden.

Enjoy a curated Spotify playlist in the Cochrane Atrium.
VMFA commissioned multimedia artist, composer, and writer Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) to produce original music and playlists inspired by The Dirty South.

Appetizer Stations | Bar
Purchase drink tickets in advance at Visitor Services.
Last call for alcohol is 10:30 pm.

Dirty South Scavenger Hunt
Winners will be announced at 10:30 pm.
Pick up prizes at check-in. Must be present to win.

Prizes include:
Dirty South Merchandise basket – $125 value
VMFA Dual Membership – $105 value
Dirty South catalogue and two Dirty South T-shirts (sizes M or L) – $100 value
Two three-day passes to Afrikana Film Fest Sep 2021 – $125 value
Gift card to Urban Hang Suite with two tickets to Richmond Black Restaurant Experience – $75 value

Click here to explore a selection of works by African and African American artists in VMFA’s permanent collection!

Check out the gallery map here.

Become a Member!
Apply the cost of your event ticket toward a VMFA membership. Restrictions apply. Visit the Visitor Services Desk to learn more.

Thank You for Your Support
Proceeds from this event will support the museum’s exhibition program. Exhibitions are vital to the museum’s educational mission and sustaining its status as Richmond’s premier cultural destination. From single artist spotlight shows and thematic explorations in our works on paper and photography galleries to major ticketed exhibitions, the VMFA Exhibition Fund ensures that there’s always a new reason to visit the museum.

VMFA is grateful to the following VIPs for their additional support of this event:

Blair Bowens | Melissa Bradner and Terry Wyllie | Mr. and Mrs. Jasmonn Coleman | Jennifer Courain | Tonya Davis-Mattex | Thomas L. Farrell | Gloria Gravlin | Mr. and Mrs. Kym Grinnage | Terrell and Elliott Harrigan | Dr. Lonna Hooks and Mr. Theodore Newkirk, Jr. | Eucharia Jackson and Richard Jackson, M.D. | Stephen Jenkins | Tara Kelley | Ms. Jennifer M. Kirby | Kenneth Melvin | Benae Mosby | Janet and Jacob Nelson | Darrell Peterson | Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Poindexter | Tamela Powell | Ms. Ellen Ray and Mr. Richard Knapp | John Richardson-Lauve and Cory Richardson-Lauve | Ms. Paula Saylor-Robinson and Mr. Danny Robinson | Joy Shaw | Pterri Shelton-Phillips | Mr. Thomas D. St. Andre and Ms. Saundra E. Winstead | Mr. Derrick Thomas | Vida Williams | Charles Wilson

As of July 22, 2021

A Note about COVID-19

In keeping with current state mandates, vaccinated museum visitors, staff, and volunteers are no longer required to wear masks when visiting VMFA. We invite you to join us how ever you feel most comfortable.

Those who are not fully vaccinated should protect themselves by wearing masks and practicing physical distancing.

Hand-sanitizing stations are available at multiple locations throughout the museum.

Disposable masks are available upon request.