Visit VMFA on Art Museum Day, May 18, and See the New Exhibit for Free!
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will be offering free vouchers for the upcoming exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day. The celebration coincides with International Museum Day on May 18, 2016. Guests who visit VMFA on Art Museum Day will receive a complimentary voucher for admission into Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic, which opens on June 11, 2016.
By providing new opportunities for participation in the diverse range of programs offered by AAMD member museums, Art Museum Day celebrates the value of the visual arts and the important role art museums play in their communities. This year, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is presenting complimentary exhibition ticket vouchers for guests who visit the museum on May 18.
“We are very excited to be celebrating Art Museum Day with AAMD this year,” VMFA Director Alex Nyerges said. “It is an honor to be a part of this national and international celebration of the importance of museums in the community.”“AAMD is delighted that VMFA is joining us in celebration of Art Museum Day,” said Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD. “In AAMD”s 100-anniversary year, we are especially proud to celebrate the vital role art museums play in the civic and creative life in our communities.”
AAMD represents 242 art museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico – from regional museums to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration.
A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available on the AAMD website. Note that while AMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.
About Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic presents a stunning retrospective of this artist’s prolific career through nearly 60 paintings and sculptures. Wiley’s work raises intriguing questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition will be on view June 11 through September 5 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
About the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
VMFA’s permanent collection encompasses more than 35,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. Its collections of Art Nouveau and Art Deco, English silver, Fabergé, and the art of South Asia are among the finest in the world. With acclaimed holdings in American, British Sporting, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist, and Modern and Contemporary art – and additional strengths in African, Ancient, East Asian, and European – VMFA ranks as one of the top comprehensive art museums in the United States. Programs include educational activities and studio classes for all ages, plus lively after-hours events. VMFA’s Statewide Partnership program includes traveling exhibitions, artist and teacher workshops, and lectures across the Commonwealth. VMFA, a certified Virginia Green attraction, is open 365 days a year and general admission is always free. For additional information, telephone 804-340-1400 or visit www.vmfa.museum.