VMFA’s “3 in 30” Programs

Explore three art objects in 30 minutes. VMFA’s “3 in 30” programs are offered on the first Tuesday (in-person) and Thursday (virtually) of every month*. Curators and educators discuss works in the permanent collection and in special exhibitions, considering different themes found across the collection, artistic movements, or a single artist’s body of work. “3 in 30 PLUS” is an expanded version of this program where two speakers come together to present a program that is one-hour long. The “3 in 30” programs are free and open to the public.

*Exceptions to this schedule may occur if a holiday falls on the first Tuesday of the month. Please check the website in advance.


Upcoming Programs


3 in 30 | Contemporary Connections | In-person

Tue, Aug 6, 2024 | 11–11:30 am
Meet at Visitor Services
Free; no tickets required.

Where an artwork is displayed in a museum can reveal important context and new perspectives. In this talk, explore three contemporary works that were made by living artists—but are exhibited outside the 21st century gallery. Examine why these works are placed in these settings and uncover cross-cultural connections that can illuminate the contemporary artist’s motivations.


3 in 30 | Contemporary Connections | Virtual

Thu, Aug 8, 2024 | 11–11:30 am
Registration via Zoom required.

Where an artwork is displayed in a museum can reveal important context and new perspectives. In this talk, explore three contemporary works that were made by living artists—but are exhibited outside the 21st century gallery. Examine why these works are placed in these settings and uncover cross-cultural connections that can illuminate the contemporary artist’s motivations.


View previous virtual programs on YouTube.