We’re pretty busy today but wanted to blast this out real quick. We LOVED the new exhibit which explores the history and legacy of the forward-thinking French designer – read more about the exhibit here – but read below for details on the free admission day!
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will offer free admission to Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style on Thursday, May 18, 2017, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) annual Art Museum Day. Last year, VMFA—along with more than 175 other AAMD member museums across North America—participated in Art Museum Day.
Complimentary exhibition tickets will be provided on May 18, 2017 only. Tickets can be reserved in person, online at www.VMFA.museum or by phone at 804.340.1405. While general admission to VMFA is always free, select exhibitions each year—including Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style—require admission fees.
“Art Museum Day is an opportunity for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to share our stunning new exhibition, Yves Saint Laurent: The Perfection of Style, at no cost to visitors,” said Alex Nyerges, VMFA Director. “We are honored to extend free admission to the exhibition on May 18 as part of our continuing commitment to make arts and culture more accessible for the Richmond community and beyond.”
The theme of this year’s Art Museum Day is Art Museums Foster Vibrant Communities. AAMD members across the United States, Canada, and Mexico will be offering programs and initiatives to celebrate the arts and the important role art museums play in their communities. In addition to bringing the best of human creativity to people across North America, museums serve as engines for the creative economy, partners with school systems and civic organizations, and anchors for public spaces and neighborhoods—making their regions better places for everyone who lives and works there.
“The arts are shared by people across every time period and every place: Creativity is a vital part of what makes us human and what makes our cities and towns better places to live,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “On Art Museum Day, museums across North America invite everyone to come together with their families, friends, and neighbors to celebrate that creative spirit, connect in common experiences, and see new points of view. AAMD greatly appreciates VMFA’s participation in Art Museum Day, and the contributions all art museums make to the vibrancy, economy, and strength of their communities.”
AAMD represents 245 art museums—from regional museums in small towns to large museums in major urban centers. Art Museum Day focuses attention on the role of art museums in North America, as a component of the International Council of Museums (ICOM)’s celebration of International Museum Day.
A list of participating AAMD member art museums is available on the AAMD website.
VMFA encourages visitors to share their Art Museum Day experiences via social media, using the hashtags #ArtMuseumDay and #YSLVMFA.