Detroit Institute of Arts

The Detroit Institute of Arts Dilemma

The icy chill of an Arctic front has gripped the Motor City.  But the savage, bitter cold is not that of a weather front, it is the unfortunate circumstances of a city economy gone badly awry.  Last year, Detroit created a page for itself in the annals of American history by becoming the largest municipality…

Loving art and love in art

As Valentine’s Day creeps up, as it always does this time of year, we see love stories everywhere. It gets to be really hard to change the channel when A Charlie Brown Valentine is on tv. Outside of fiction, maybe you’re one half of a great love story yourself.  But how do we immortalize love?…

There’s no place like VMFA!

I’m excited for Hollywood Costume not just as an intern at VMFA, but as a Fashion Merchandising student at VCU. Since I’ll never get to wear the original Ruby Slippers from Wizard of Oz, I decided to make an inexpensive pair of my own that you can also make at home. After all, Halloween is…

Sisters with faces painted

Art-filled Saturday for Richmond

There is no shortages of things to do this weekend in Richmond. Saturday, in particular, will be a busy day! VMFA will be hosting a Family Day, which will celebrate the Art of Latin America: Peru!The event is packed with free activities for children and adults from 1 to 4 p.m. This will be a…

ARTrageous 2013

ARTrageous, a glittering evening of fun

ARTrageous 2013 looks ahead to Hollywood Costume, a dazzling blockbuster exhibition coming to VMFA in November from the Victoria and Albert Museum. A committee of volunteers, led by Jennifer and Geoff Sisk and Julee and Drew Spitzer, will bring the glamour of Hollywood to VMFA on September 7 for an evening that rivals the thrill…

Wendy

Conservators gather at VMFA for five intensive days of study

In conjunction with the Virginia Conservation Association, and with a grant from the Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, VMFA is hosting a workshop for practicing conservators on the Modular Cleaning Program formulated by Christopher Stavroudis, a conservator in private practice in Los Angeles and Richard Wolbers, professor of…

Tree

Red oak damage not life-threatening

After undergoing minor amputative surgery, our red oak remains standing strong. So many of you thoughtfully inquired about the damage to the VMFA red oak that occurred recently, that I wanted to describe what we found as Davey Tree, Inc. completed the arbor care and clean up.In the photo below, you will see a darkening…

Alex Nyerges

How are we open 365 days a year?

Recently, I was asked how we can afford to be free and open 365 days a year. My answer was simply, “How can we afford not to be?” One of the three basic tenets of our business model is accessibility. Accessibility is more than just compliance with Federal and State regulations on physical accessibility with…

Planting tree

A growing volunteer program

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts gardening volunteers, many of whom are on the The Council of the VMFA, have been completing spring projects. Shown here (L to R) are Bob Allen, Carmella Allen, Dave Herbst, Skip Walton, Alice Higgins, Bill Cooper and Richard Lister.  The project shown is the mulching of newly planted trees along…

Chihuly inspires great video coverage

Dale Chihuly gave a tour of his installation to working media at VMFA. Some beautiful and informative videos resulted. Which is your favorite? Richmond.com did a wonderful job, as always. A new group, Suggested Serving, has made a great entry into our local media and social media community. The Glass Master Arrives: Chihuly at VMFA…