Native American art on view this week

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired 21 new artworks for its Native American collection. This acquisition includes objects from the Plains, Puebloan Southwest, Arctic North, and Northwest Coast. Highlights of the new collection include a Pueblo/Apache shirt and a Northern Great Lakes/Eastern Plains headdress.

Important Ancient Greek Vase Acquired

An important ancient vase will complement the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ collection of ancient vases. It was installed in the Ancient Mediterranean galleries on May 7, 2015, and was among more than 100 works acquired in at the March 19 meeting of the VMFA Board of Trustees.

Walter Ufer's On the Rio Grande

VMFA Acquires Major Taos School Painting

Among the significant acquisitions accepted by the VMFA’s board of trustees on June 17 are a painting of a Pueblo Indian by a leading member of the Taos Society, an Egyptian mummy portrait mask, a South Asian shield of steel, gold and silver, and a Japanese Noh mask.

Mellon Acquisition 2014

Important Benefactor Adds to VMFA Holdings

Works from the Life Estate of Paul Mellon, longtime donor and trustee at VMFA, are being gifted to the museum upon the death of his widow, Rachel Lambert Mellon, who died March 17, 2014. Mrs. Mellon held a life estate in 26 works of art originally bequeathed to VMFA in 1999 by Mr. Mellon. Among the gifts are six masterworks, including Vincent van Gogh’s Daises, which will be officially acquired at the June 17 Board of Trustees meeting.

Teak Chairs

VMFA Acquires Rare Gilded Age Chairs

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts recently acquired one of only two known Herter Brothers Drawing Room chairs, four Cy Twombly photographs from his Black Mountain residency, a pair of Lockwood de Forest chairs, a Marguerite Zorach painting, and two Zulu costumes. The Metropolitan Museum of Art recently acquired the mate to VMFA’s Herter Brothers chair, which continues the museums’ history of collaboration.