Can't get to the museum? Explore the VMFA's collection with these videos and essays
videos + essays
A plaster cast of a manhole cover from the streets of Manhattan is a testament to this artist's experimental use of materials
Summer, autumn, a saw mill all provide metaphors about American republicanism in this pre-Civil War landscape
Stripes of industrial spray paint on this canvas recall the industrial city and undersides of highways
Sam Gilliam trespasses the distinction between painting and sculpture
A dream-like flooded landscape—does is suggest bleakness or hope?
Gee's Bend quilts challenge notions of what is — and what is not — modern art.
An abstract painting, a collage, three musicians, two guitars and a banjo.
What does this marble sculpture of Cleopatra tell us about race and the Civil War in the U.S.?
A monumental solution, rethinking the sculpture of Richmond
Delaney celebrates the famous opera singer Marian Anderson as a modern icon of Black excellence and civil rights
Enslaved artist David Drake inscribed a poem onto this jug at a time when literacy among enslaved people was outlawed
Is this painting of five men, possibly formerly enslaved, working for the Union Army during the Civil War a product of racist stereotypes, or does it humanize its subjects?