Jacob Lawrence

One of the Most Stupendous Scenes in Nature

Upon visiting Harpers Ferry in 1783, Thomas Jefferson was so awestruck by the raw beauty of the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers that he described the view as “perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature.” In addition to being a site of great natural beauty, Harpers Ferry, now situated at the…

The passing of an American art icon: Elizabeth Catlett

Bittersweet.  The word comes to mind as I take in the sad news that the magnificent Elizabeth Catlett died on Monday.  Just two weeks shy of her 97thbirthday, this pioneering African American printmaker and sculptor had certainly lived life large.  And last week—little knowing Catlett was facing her final days—VMFA paid tribute to this iconic…

Hobart Cornell

Want Revolutionary Performance? VMFA’s Got It.

After the calamitous yet victorious 1917 Russian Revolution, its supreme political and intellectual leader, V.I. Lenin, declared cinema to be the most important of all the arts.  He saw film as having superior ability to spread the message and inspire change for his formidable task to improve the lives of the masses of the new Soviet…

Caroline Smith, Gold, I Am Woman

Virgina’s talented young artists

The National Scholastic Art Awards hold a long tradition of recognizing promising young artists and supporting their passion. The Awards have an impressive legacy dating back to 1923 and a noteworthy roster of past winners including Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath, Truman Capote, Richard Avedon, Robert Redford and Joyce Carol Oates. They continue to be the…

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A new tapestry in time for Christmas

Conservation staff prepares a 16th century Flemish tapestry, Two Scenes from the Life of Christ, for display in VMFA’s medieval galleries. Kathy Gillis, Head of Sculpture and Decorative Arts Conservation, and Jennifer Bridges, Conservation Technician, are carefully securing a backing for protection of the tapestry while on display. The installation is planned for December 15,…

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Dress like an Egyptian – see the exhibition for free!

It’s hard to imagine how we could make our new special exhibition, Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb, more fun, but we have. And you’re an integral part. On opening day, Saturday, November 19, VMFA will offer free admission to the first 200 nonmembers that arrive at the museum in Egyptian-themed costume. It’s your opportunity to…

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Mummy love, or dress like an Egyptian

In anticipation and celebration of Mummy: Secrets of the Tomb (Nov 19, 2011 – March 11, 2012) VMFA is sponsoring a Mummy Love program. Anyone may participate, provided they follow the guidelines below. Mummy Love will begin on October 29 at 10 am and continue through the holiday season. On October 29 at 10 am…

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It’s your VMFA

Did you know that the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is the only art museum in the U.S. open 365 days a year? Did you know that more than 700,000 people have come through the doors of VMFA in the last year? Did you know we have two upcoming special exhibitions, Fabergé Revealed in July…

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An Evening with Artemisia Gentileschi: a woman like that

On Friday, June 17th, VMFA will present a Virginia premiere of an unconventional and compelling documentary film/video: a woman like that (2010, 93 min). Several mysteries should be solved. Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1653) was one of the first female artists to achieve recognition in her own time, the Baroque era. Her work is mentioned often in…

A student visits Picasso

While attending a Picasso exhibition in Paris during the summer of 1955, Frederick Baldwin–a young American journalism student from Columbia University–asked: why not visit the artist instead? “I wanted to see Pablo Picasso. I don’t suppose that anybody felt less qualified or had less of an excuse than I did. But to me he was…