VMFA Blog

A blog by staff and others about the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

3D Printing: Extruders, G-codes and Filament … Oh My!

Recently, in the VMFA Design Department, we’ve had the challenge of printing two 3D, scale models of the Forbidden City, totaling over 1,400 buildings. One model will be complete for the exhibition opening and the second is being built in the Atrium, starting now and continuing through the run of Forbidden City (closing January 11), so…

Meridian Gate: Sponsor the City’s Tallest Structure & Help VMFA Build the Forbidden City

Starting tomorrow, 3D printers will begin humming away in the Atrium at VMFA. They’re printing the hundreds of tiny buildings that make up the Forbidden City in honor of the upcoming special exhibition, which opens Oct 18. This printing project is part of a crowdfunding campaign  to support the museum’s exhibition program, with your tax-deductible donations…

RVA Mashup: Richmond Street Artists & South African Artist Esther Mahlangu

Just days after South African artist Esther Mahlangu, 78, began her month-long residency at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, two of Richmond’s established street artists – Mickael Broth and Andre Shank [a.k.a. Bombproof or Bmbprf] paid a visit to her work. Mahlangu, the most renowned artist of South Africa’s Ndebele people, has taken the…

Hardywood Brewery and VMFA Team up to Create a Forbidden Beer

You don’t often get to use “beer” and “art exhibition” in the same sentence. But you will beginning on October 4 when Hardywood Park Craft Brewery unveils its new Belgian white ale specially brewed in honor of VMFA’s upcoming special exhibition Forbidden City: Imperial Treasure from the Palace Museum, Beijing (opens October 18). By celebrating…

On September 13 Celebrate Latin American Art – Colombia!

Enjoy many traditions of Colombian culture at Saturday’s free family event, Sep 13, 11 am – 3 pm. Please use this agenda to plan your visit, and enjoy. VMFA brings the world to Virginia. Traditional Vallenato, Joropo, and Cumbia Music, performed by Colombia Tropical | Atrium, Level 1 11 am, 12:30 & 1:45 pm Traditional…

Esther Mahlangu

Renowned South African artist painting now at VMFA

Few people have watched the creation of a work of art that is a part of a museum’s permanent collection. However, as of today, VMFA gives you that unique opportunity as renowned South African artist Esther Mahlangu paints two mural-scale works to serve as a gateway to the museum’s African Art Gallery. These 9- by…

Art History Classes Expand Your Knowledge—and Love—of Art

Did you know that the VMFA has been offering art history classes for adults for more than 40 years? Though we still have traditional lecture-style art history classes, we have evolved over the years to also offer one- and two-part introductory “101” courses that combine lectures and gallery exploration. This allows students to take advantage…

Epic Film Toussaint Louverture Debuts at VMFA

You go to the chain theaters to see what everyone else in the country is watching, but if you want films that are provocative and inspirational and that make you think, you go to VMFA. On Sat, Sep 6, VMFA will be pre-screening another of these thought-provoking films Toussaint Louverture. Not only has the whole…

Interactive exhibition Beyond the Walls opens Sunday

In contrast to Forbidden City, which focuses on the world of the emperor, Beyond the Walls allows you a glimpse into the home of an 18th century merchant-class family in China. Plus, this exhibition, located in the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, is interactive! Families, school groups, and other visitors can participate in activities including writing…

Jacques Doucet at VMFA  

Recently, there was an article in Architectural Digest about Jacques Doucet, the French fashion designer and art patron. Among the most important patrons of Paris Art Deco, Doucet added a studio called the Studio Saint-James to his residence in Neuilly, France (outside Paris) at the beginning of the twentieth century. In this studio, the celebrated…