fri17feb6:30 pmfri9:00 pmLeadbelly

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Huddie William Ledbetter (1889–1947), the singer known as Lead Belly, mastered the 12-string guitar and a slew of other instruments and wrote or recorded many iconic folk/blues standards such as “Rock Island Line,” “Midnight Special,” and “Goodnight Irene.” He led a rough-and-tumble life that makes for an entertaining and educational movie directed by Gordon Parks with an engaging portrayal by actor Roger E. Mosley. (1976; 127 min; in color, Rated PG).

This event is in tribute to VMFA’s current exhibition Storied Strings: The Guitar in American Art. The exhibition’s curator, Dr. Leo Mazow, VMFA’s Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane Curator of American Art, will speak.

$8 (VMFA members $5)



February 17, 2023 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm