Talks + Lectures

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Lessons of the Hour: A Conversation with Isaac Julien

Sun, Dec 4, 1–2 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater

Join Valerie Cassel Oliver, VMFA's Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, and artist Isaac Julien for a conversation about the film installation that contemplates the life and times of Frederick Douglass.

This special exhibition opens for VMFA members on Thu, Dec 8 and Fri, Dec 9 and to the public Sat, Dec 10. 

$8 (VMFA members $5)

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


String Stories: A Conversation with Walter Carter and Joe Glaser

Thu, Dec 15, 6:30–7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater


Join VMFA's Dr. Leo Mazow, curator of Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art and VMFA’s Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, in conversation with guitar dealer and historian Walter Carter and guitar technician and historian Joe Glaser. Mazow brings together these esteemed Nashville-based guitar aficionados for a discussion about some of the fascinating instruments they have handled over their careers, including several that are on view in the exhibition.

$8 (VMFA members $5)


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Virtual Conversation: Storied Strings and the Sense of Sight

Sun, Jan 8, 1–2 pm | Virtual, register via Zoom
With Georgina Kleege, Professor Emerita of English, University of California, Berkeley;
Dr. Leo G. Mazow, VMFA's Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art;
and Sarah Rasich, VMFA's Distance Learning Content Specialist

Join nationally acclaimed scholar Georgina Kleege, author of More than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art, for a conversation related to the special exhibition Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. 

Kleege will share her perspective and expertise with Dr. Leo Mazow and Sarah Rasich, the exhibition's curator and educator, respectively, and together they will explore the benefits of descriptive audio and the visitor experience. Referencing the exhibition, they will closely examine an artwork to consider the sensory experience of visually impaired persons, the intersection of perception and sound, and the guitar as an expressive tool.

Free, registration via Zoom required.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_z31EHVRqQsyNgZr2xbdGDw


Sorrow Songs in an Exuberant City: How Manhattan Influenced the Guitar Imagery of Elizabeth Catlett

Thu, Jan 12, 6:30 - 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
with Dr. Dalila Scruggs, Curator of Photographs and Prints at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Examine the art and activism of Elizabeth Catlett with Dr. Dalila Scruggs, renowned for her scholarly research on the African American artist. In this featured lecture for Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art, Dr. Scruggs will address the ways Catlett’s formative years spent in New York City influenced the artist's important print I Have Given the World My Songs, part of the artist’s Negro Woman series. Catlett lived in Manhattan from 1942 through 1946. During these years, she sketched and painted guitars and guitar players as she wrestled with how her leftist politics and aesthetic experimentation would coexist in her work. Although the Negro Woman series was made after Catlett departed New York for Mexico City, New York’s social, political, and artistic milieu would inform the artist's work for years to come.

$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

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