VMFA Blog

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

Jamel Shabazz

Continue the Conversation: VMFA and African American Art and Heritage

As visitors enjoy the final days of VMFA’s powerful companion shows, Posing Beauty in African American Culture and Identity Shifts, they will find a panel in the galleries inviting them to “Continue the Conversation” by visiting two additional exhibitions. Those smaller unticketed shows, States of Change in Africa and Signs of Protest: Photographs from the…

Amuse Cook-In

Amuse Cook-In: Here’s Your Chance to Cook Out in a Museum!

When you think of Amuse, VMFA’s fine dining restaurant, you probably think upscale, deliciously prepared gourmet meals that you have to use a fork and knife (in fact, a couple forks and knives) to eat! While we’re sure you love the magic chef Greg Haley works with the food here, most of you would probably…

House At Dusk - Edward Hopper

Happy Birthday Edward Hopper!

If you are not familiar with Edward Hopper, you ought to take a few minutes to look at his work, even if that means not reading the rest of this post. The beauty in his work is eerie and solitary, but nonetheless striking. What pushes the elegance of his paintings is the strong presence of…

Robert Pruitt

Artists Sonya Clark and Robert Pruitt Open up the Meaning of Identity

How do we use our bodies to tell our story? On Thursday, July 17, 6:30 – 7:30 pm, Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art moderates a powerful discussion between artists Sonya Clark and Robert Pruitt, whose work is currently featured in Identity Shifts, about the shifting ideas of culture, history, and…

Pickin' by Lauren Kelly

Posing Beauty in African American Culture: Teens on Beauty

Reprinted from the KaKY (Kollege and Kareer 4 Youth) blog with permission from Marcy Williams, MBA The exploration of beauty in the African American culture has been explored for centuries. From the earliest days of slavery to the most recent neo-soul era, the topic of what is considered beauty in the African American culture has…

VMFA Intern Helps Prepare Félix Bracquemond’s Work for Exhibition

Reprinted from the WUDPAC (Winterthur) Class of 2016 blog with permission from Lauren Gottschlich. The summer work projects are in full swing. This summer I am at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) in Richmond, VA.  The museum sports a wonderful encyclopedic collection as well as a picturesque Sculpture Garden.  The art covers cultures and…

Fireworks

Fireworks: Art or Science?

As your eyes are riveted to the dark canvas above you this weekend, do you find those bursts and trails of color and light to be art? They can’t be placed under glass or displayed in a gallery or garden. They can’t even be enjoyed beyond the moment they occur. For those reasons (and probably…