Talks + Lectures

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Community Conversation: Willie Anne Wright and the Victorian Connection

Thu, Mar 14, 2024 | 6:30–7:30 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall
With Madeleine Dugan, VMFA Curatorial Assistant and contributing author for the catalogue Willie Anne Wright: Artist and Alchemist, and Kathy Garrett-Cox, Maymont Curator and Director of Historical Resources and Collections

VMFA’s Madeleine Dugan will moderate a fascinating discussion with Maymont’s Kathy Garrett-Cox. The two will delve into the history of Victorian decorative arts and fashion. Join us to learn more about the material culture of the past, as reflected in the artworks of Willie Anne Wright, whose first major museum exhibition, Willie Anne Wright: Artist and Alchemist, is at VMFA.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

The Mary Ann Frable Lecture in Ancient Art: It's Showtime!  Greek Vases and Ancient Performances

Fri, Mar 22, 2024 | 6:30–7:30 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall

Among the ancient Greek vases in VMFA’s collection are a number of examples that relate directly to ancient dance, drama, and other types of performance. In this talk, Dr. Tyler Jo Smith will highlight these vases—made not only in the city of Athens but also in other regions of ancient Greece—to show the ways their shapes and decorations have the power to reveal important information about settings, participants, and audiences. She will also consider the ways that vases may have been used within these specialized settings.

This program is made possible by the Jack and Mary Ann Frable Fund for Ancient Art. 

About the Speaker

Tyler Jo Smith, PhD, is Professor of Classical Archaeology in the Department of Art at the University of Virginia and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Archaeology Program. She is the author of Komast Dancers in Archaic Greek Art (2010), the co-editor of A Companion to Greek Art (with D. Plantzos, 2012), and Religion in the Art of Archaic and Classical Greece (2021).

Smith is also the co-founder of and heads the 3D-GV cohort focused on scanning and printing the Greek vase collection and other antiquities at the Fralin Museum of Art at UVA. She is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships for her research. An active field archaeologist, she has worked on projects in Turkey, Greece, Sicily, and Israel. Her current project is a guidebook to the Greek and South Italian vases in Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

$8 (VMFA members $5)
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Talk | The Art of Samurai Armor: Highlights from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection

With Jessica Beasley, Curator of The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection
Thu, Apr 18, 2024 | 6:30–7:30 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall

Travel back in time with curator Jessica Beasley for an eye-opening look at Japan’s exquisitely crafted samurai armor from one of the largest and finest collections in the world. Ms. Beasley’s lecture will explore samurai history with a focus on the intriguing evolution of the warrior class and culture. She will highlight works in VMFA’s special exhibition Samurai Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, which offers a rare personal encounter with the artistry and craftsmanship of that famed armor.   

$8 (VMFA members, $5)

ASL interpretation will be provided during this program through a grant from the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust.

Talk | Lethal Beauty: Design Elements in Samurai Suits of Armor

Thu, Jun 13, 2024 I 6:30–7:30 pm
Reynolds Lecture Hall

The samurai were renowned warriors with a long and fascinating history. Their armor and weaponry, masterfully created with artistic beauty, were integral expressions of samurai culture. Japanese armor stands out among the armor of other world cultures because of its flashy, colorful appearance and exquisite design.

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Samurai Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Dr. Andreas Marks, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art and Director of the Clark Center at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, takes a closer look at the design of suits of armor and helmet forms from the 16th to 19th centuries, when a large industry of samurai-oriented crafts were made for Japanese society.

$8 (VMFA members, $5)
To view from home, visit our livestream page.


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