Director’s Message

As we go to press with this digital edition of the summer Quarterly, the curatorial team has just finished installing Avery to Warhol, a great and surprising exhibition from our permanent collection. It includes many favorites, and a significant new acquisition by Henry Salem Hubbell, Portrait of The Three Sisters, a painting steeped in Vero Beach history, and featured in this issue. You will also see a beautiful watercolor painting by the American Modernist, Milton Avery, that has not been on view in over a decade. Our new Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, has taken the past few weeks to dive deep into our collection and brings fresh eyes to exploring and presenting our Museum’s artworks.

We scheduled a major Christo and Jeanne-Claude retrospective for the summer, which has now been moved to the fall. Sadly, Christo passed away in May at age 84, and we’ve lost one of the most brilliant and original artists of our time. In their heyday, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who passed away in 2009, brought millions of people together with their ephemeral and seemingly impossible public installations. So when the exhibition opens in October, it will be a tribute to this great duo who so dramatically expanded the field of contemporary art.

Moving this exhibition to the fall and presenting a permanent collection exhibition now also helps us reduce expenses, as does this digital newsletter. We are committed to providing our community with exceptional exhibitions, programs, and classes, and we will work through this challenging period without compromising our standards of quality and excellence.

When we reopen later this summer (date to be determined), you will see what are now standard protocols: temperature taking, mask-wearing, social distancing, and a greatly enhanced cleaning regimen. These are all proven methods in minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and we will maintain these protocols until we receive the “all-clear” from government and health officials. Many of you participated in our recent members’ survey, and we heard overwhelming support for these preventative measures.

While temporarily closed to the public, our Museum team continues to populate the Museum Extras on our website with new content. This feature has gone viral with more than 50,000 page views since its inception in March. As we move into the high season in 2021, after the Christo and Jeanne-Claude retrospective, VBMA will present an exceptional show from the New York Historical Society: The Poetry of Nature, which features 40 Hudson River School landscape paintings from one of the richest repositories of this material in the world. And this exhibition will be accompanied by a great line-up of speakers for the International Lecture Series, including keynote speaker, Doris Kearns Goodwin. We are excited to reopen with outstanding exhibitions and programs, and we look forward to seeing you in the Museum, hopefully very soon.

Brady Roberts
Executive Director/ CEO

Director’s Message

Brady Roberts

As we go to press with this digital edition of the summer Quarterly, the curatorial team has just finished installing Avery to Warhol, a great and surprising exhibition from our permanent collection. It includes many favorites, and a significant new acquisition by Henry Salem Hubbell, Portrait of The Three Sisters, a painting steeped in Vero Beach history, and featured in this issue. You will also see a beautiful watercolor painting by the American Modernist, Milton Avery, that has not been on view in over a decade. Our new Senior Curator, Anke Van Wagenberg, has taken the past few weeks to dive deep into our collection and brings fresh eyes to exploring and presenting our Museum’s artworks.

We scheduled a major Christo and Jeanne-Claude retrospective for the summer, which has now been moved to the fall. Sadly, Christo passed away in May at age 84, and we’ve lost one of the most brilliant and original artists of our time. In their heyday, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, who passed away in 2009, brought millions of people together with their ephemeral and seemingly impossible public installations. So when the exhibition opens in October, it will be a tribute to this great duo who so dramatically expanded the field of contemporary art.

Moving this exhibition to the fall and presenting a permanent collection exhibition now also helps us reduce expenses, as does this digital newsletter. We are committed to providing our community with exceptional exhibitions, programs, and classes, and we will work through this challenging period without compromising our standards of quality and excellence.

When we reopen later this summer (date to be determined), you will see what are now standard protocols: temperature taking, mask-wearing, social distancing, and a greatly enhanced cleaning regimen. These are all proven methods in minimizing the risk of COVID-19 transmission, and we will maintain these protocols until we receive the “all-clear” from government and health officials. Many of you participated in our recent members’ survey, and we heard overwhelming support for these preventative measures.

While temporarily closed to the public, our Museum team continues to populate the Museum Extras on our website with new content. This feature has gone viral with more than 50,000 page views since its inception in March. As we move into the high season in 2021, after the Christo and Jeanne-Claude retrospective, VBMA will present an exceptional show from the New York Historical Society: The Poetry of Nature, which features 40 Hudson River School landscape paintings from one of the richest repositories of this material in the world. And this exhibition will be accompanied by a great line-up of speakers for the International Lecture Series, including keynote speaker, Doris Kearns Goodwin. We are excited to reopen with outstanding exhibitions and programs, and we look forward to seeing you in the Museum, hopefully very soon.

Brady Roberts

Executive Director/ CEO