Talks + Lectures

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Curator's Talk | Whistler to Cassatt: The Making of an Exhibition

Fri, Jul 8, 6:30–7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
with Dr. Timothy Standring, Curator Emeritus, Denver Art Museum

Dr. Standring discusses the challenges he and a team of colleagues faced over the past five years to present this groundbreaking exhibition about American painters in France. Why did many American artists turn to France for their training during the years between the American Civil War and the outbreak of World War I? Why did some American artists such as James McNeill Whistler, John Singer Sargent, and Mary Cassatt find life as expats preferable to returning stateside to seek their fame and fortune?

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Bank of America is the National Tour Sponsor of Whistler to Cassatt.


Conversation | Relocation, Connection & Community

Fri, Jul 29, 6:30–7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Join VMFA for a panel discussion of individuals who immigrated to the United States much like Tsherin Sherpa, the Nepalese-born Tibetan American artist currently featured in the special exhibition Tsherin Sherpa: Spirits. Discover the connections between the artist's journey and art and the immigrant experiences of members of the Richmond community.

Free; tickets required.

Livestream Option:
Can’t make it in-person? Livestream the event from the comfort of home. Simply tune in at www.vmfa.museum/livestream.html at the scheduled event time. Free; no registration required.


Curator's Talk | Reviving and Reimagining the Antique in the Age of Enlightenment

Thu, Aug 4, 6:30–7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

The current presentation of an extraordinary painting by French artist Hubert Robert (1733-1808) from the Saunders Collection alongside another work by the artist from VMFA’s collection provides a splendid opportunity to analyze the 18th-century understanding of Mediterranean Antiquity as the wellspring of European culture. Painted twenty-five years apart, these two works respectively capture the tendency of Robert’s contemporaries to look to the ancient Greco-Roman past for inspiration and the artist’s later nostalgic depiction of ancient monumental architecture as a testimony to the resilience of culture against the ravages of history. Join Dr. Sylvain Cordier for an in-depth discussion of this spectacular pair of works by the precursor of the neoclassical style in France in the Age of Enlightenment.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Livestream Option:
Can’t make it in-person? Livestream the event from the comfort of home. Simply tune in at www.vmfa.museum/livestream.html at the scheduled event time. Free; no registration required.

 


Artist Talks

We have over 25 videos of artists discussing their work in their own words and explore works in the VMFA permanent collection.