VMFA Blog

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

An alternative sign for VMFA?

An irreverent friend sent this suggestion for an alternative sign in front of VMFA. I think it’s time for a good laugh and a moment of reflection on this historic nod to Americana. But seriously, we hope to hear from all sides of our sign issue at the public forum Tuesday, January 11 at 6…

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Starting the year with random fun

VMFA has lots of friends and followers on social media. Over 9000 friends on Facebook almost 5500 followers on Twitter stay in conversation with VMFA with these dynamic communications tools. As we approached the magical 1.1.11 the date seemed too auspicious to ignore. So on New Year’s eve we announced a Flash Mob in the…

VMFA hosts public forum about digital imaging sign

VMFA invites Museum District, Fan District, and Boulevard Associations The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has heard both negative and positive comments from the community about the digital imaging sign that is planned for the museum’s front yard on Boulevard. I have invited neighborhood association members to a public forum at 6:00pm on Tuesday, January…

Tourists voice need for VMFA sign

We received the following unsolicited email recently: My wife and I recently visited the VMFA and were thoroughly impressed. What a beautiful campus! Such gorgeous galleries and collections! We have visited most of the grandest art museums in the US and the VMFA is up there with the best of them, including the Met Museum…

High Def Sign at VMFA

You may have heard that we are planning an electronic sign in front of VMFA.  Richmonders have watched the careful construction of this world-class museum for the past four years, and have witnessed its metamorphosis into the vital and welcoming museum that it is today. The Art and Architecture Review Board, the state authority which…

Mon Oncle: Both a Scathing Critique and Fanciful Delight

Friday Films is presenting yet another movie milestone this week at 6:30. Winner of a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, Jacques Tati’s Mon Oncle (1958) will screen in VMFA’s grand Leslie Cheek Theater. Tati’s reputation as a darling of world art house cinema pretty much rests on his career output of 5 precious feature films…

Jazz Cafe

Bystander

VMFA guest, Carolyn Gabb, was recently inspired during one of our Jazz Café evenings and composed this poem describing her fifty-five year relationship with the museum. BYSTANDERCarolyn GabbIn a chair by the window,Glass of wine in hand, I watch the band.Reflectively…in a pane of glass across the room.Tens of circular tables captureconversations and stories,lives of individuals,a core…

Inspiring, fantastic film is an intelligent delight

Do you like your fantasy movies serving-up the same old, tired routine? Over-bearing CGI effects? Loud, distorted, blaring music? Explosions? Mechanical monsters smashing into each other? Silly and utterly contrived arrays of phony-baloney characters and super heroes who stretch the imagination and plausibility only as far as a juvenile on an amped-up energy beverage? OR…

Cool off with “Some Like it Hot!”

Some Like It Hot will “run wild” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts this Friday at 6:30PM and in glorious black & white. If you are searching for the perfect summer entertainment — and who is not? — this part gangster picture and mostly hilarious comedy is the movie to see. Follow two hapless…