Lectures and Performances

These speakers and programs are offered to support learning about the major themes, artists, and artworks included in the VBMA’s exhibitions.

Program registration includes admission to the galleries, so come early to take in these artworks.

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To register for any program, use the links provided, or contact Ellyn:
772.231.0707 x 136
egiordano@verobeachmuseum.org

All programs are subject to change.

Public Programs Inspired by Nature, in Partnership with the Indian River Land Trust

VBMA presents the following engaging programs that were inspired by the exhibition. Changing Nature: A New Vision, Photographs by James Balog. These interpretive programs are designed to complement major themes in the exhibition and will support Museum patrons’ learning about how Balog’s projects connect with and impact our community.

Presenting Sponsor: The William Randolph Hearst Foundation

Sundown Sundays

Sunday, October 9 | Sunday, November 13 | Sunday, December 11
4:30-5:30pm at Indian River Land Trust’s Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail

$12 per program for VBMA and IRLT members
$15 per program for non-members

Join Hester Bloom, VBMA docent, yoga, qigong, and meditation teacher, for a guided meditation walk through nature on Indian River Land Trust’s Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail. These walks will be gentle, immersive, and contemplative, similar to Japanese Shinrun Yoku or Forest Bathing. Participants are invited to slow down, awaken the senses to the environment, and feel a sense of well-being with the surrounding natural world.

For those interested, the walk will be preceded by a brief, informal tour of Changing Nature: A New Vision, Photographs by James Balog at the VBMA beginning at 3:30pm to deepen appreciation for both the photographic arts and the natural art of our Indian River habitat.

Glass Blowing Demonstrations with artists from the Duncan McClellan Gallery

Saturday, December 3
11:00am-2:00pm

Sunday, December 4 1:00-4:00pm
The Sunday demonstrations are part of Holidays at the Museum, a FREE family event

Please note that this is a FREE outdoor activity

Expert glassblowing artists from the Duncan McClellan Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida bring their mobile hot shop to the VBMA to show detailed demonstrations on glassblowing technique with question and answer time.

Duncan McClellan’s hand-blown Rain Forest, from the Tree Series, is part of the Museum’s collection and will be on display.

Animal Ballets by Susan McDonald

Sunday, December 4
1:30pm and 3:00pm in the Leonhardt Auditorium

These performances are part of Holidays at the Museum, a FREE family event

Watch and listen to musician and composer Susan McDonald perform her Animal Ballets with nature footage set to live, original music.

Susan will perform her compositions YASUNI: Dances from the Rainforest and The Aquarium: A Marine Micro-Ballet for Guitar and Sea Creatures.

Performances will be at 1:30pm and 3:00pm.

Public Programs Inspired by Rolling Sculpture

Cinema on Wheels

The VBMA is pleased to present a mini-film series in conjunction with the exhibition Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles. Diane Thelen, Film Studies Coordinator, will provide a brief introduction to each film.

Tickets are included with museum admission or VBMA membership. Come early to see the exhibition!

All films will be presented in the Leonhardt Auditorium on Thursdays at 2:00pm. Pre-registration is recommended.

The Great Gatsby 1974

Thursday, February 23, 2023 | The Great Gatsby (1974) Rated PG

Set in the roaring 20s on Long Island, this period piece exemplifies Art Deco in all its glory. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic great American novel, this cinematic adaptation, starring Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Sam Waterson, and Bruce Dern is now legendary. Amid the award-winning costumes, outstanding set designs, beautiful vintage cars, and yearning love stories, Gatsby transports us back in time, to experience an era that is still influential today.

Register for The Great Gatsby

The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975)

Thursday, March 30, 2023 | The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix (1975) Rated G

This unique stop-motion animated film from 1975 is a rare classic, and one film lovers won’t easily find elsewhere. It was made in Norway, in the Norwegian language! (Don’t worry – there are English subtitles!) Much more than a film, it’s a real work of art itself, due to the creative process involved in bringing stop-motion to the movie screen. To this day, it continues to the be most famous film in Norway, something its citizens are quite proud of. Come see why!

Register for The Pinchcliffe Grand Prix

Heart Like a Wheel (1983)

Thursday, April 27, 2023 | Heart Like a Wheel (1983) Rated PG

This is the true story of the First Lady of Drag Racing, Shirley Muldowney. In the 1950s, housewife Shirley convinces her mechanic husband to let her “drag race” his souped-up sports car. Realizing how much she enjoyed it and how good she was, there was no holding her back from her passion for racing cars. She was met with much-expected criticism and ridicule by the racing community, but soon proved her abilities alongside the best of the male competitors.

Register for Heart Like a Wheel

The Art of the Cocktail

Friday, February 10 at 6:30pm | Benz Blinker
Friday, March 10 at 6:30pm | Corsair Codder
Friday, April 7 at 6:30pm | Rolls Royce Rickey Racer

$40 per person and per class for VBMA Members
$50 per person and per class for non-members

Space is limited; pre-registration is required. Participants must be 21 years of age or older.

Drawing inspiration from Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles, cocktail connoisseurs will enjoy a lively docent-guided talk centered around the car of the night, then move to the Bill and Laura Buck Atrium with an expert mixologist to create a carefully crafted and paired cocktail. Sip your beverage, enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, and take home the cocktail glass and a recipe card. Ingredients and glass will be provided. Alcohol-free mocktail options will be available.

Ballet Vero Beach: Deco Dance

Saturday, March 18, 2023 at 7:30pm in the Leonhardt Auditorium

$30 per person for VBMA Members
$36 per person for non-members

Space is limited; pre-registration is required

Tickets include admission to the galleries. Galleries will open at 6:30pm; come early to see the exhibition.

As part of the company’s 10th  Anniversary Season, Ballet Vero Beach makes a triumphant return to The Vero Beach Museum of Art to put their signature spin on Rolling Sculpture: Streamlined Art Deco Automobiles and Motorcycles. The program will feature Divertissement Nostalgique by Camilo A. Rodriguez (Ballet Master and Principal Dancer for Ballet Vero Beach), which highlights ballet’s march of progression from classic to modern, world premier works by Rodriguez and Adam Schnell (Artistic Director and CEO of Ballet Vero Beach) set to music by Art Deco icons Igor Stravinsky and Charlie Chaplin, and a rollicking Charleston inspired finale to showcase the dance of the era.

Register for Ballet Vero Beach: Deco Dance

Ballet Vero Beach
TLC Jazz Duo: The American Songbook

Friday, April 14, 2023 at 7:00pm in the Leonhardt Auditorium

$25 per person for VBMA Members
$30 per person for non-members

Space is limited; pre-registration is required

Tickets include admission to the galleries. Galleries will open at 6:00pm; come early to see the exhibition.

Join us for an evening of live classic tunes from the American Songbook, a collection of defining and influential songs from the 1920s to the 1950s, and many more memorable melodies. Let TLC Jazz Duo take you back in time to the days of Rolling Sculpture. The Treasure Coast’s own TLC Jazz Duo features vocals from Lorianna Colozzo and Tom Servinsky on piano.

Register for TLC Jazz Duo: The American Songbook

Lorrianna Colozzo
Tom Servinsky
42nd Asbury Short Film Concert Asbury Shorts USA

Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 1:30pm or 7:00pm

Individual seats: $25
Space is limited; pre-registration is required

Asbury Shorts USA is New York City’s longest running short film exhibition and touring show. Since 1981, short film “concerts” have been presented at venues across the US, Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. The mission is to screen world-renowned, festival award-winning short films in theaters, art museums, and performing art centers. The VBMA is thrilled to present Asbury Shorts’ 42nd Short Film Concert at the VBMA for the eighth consecutive year. The program will feature a fast-paced and highly entertaining line up of the best in short film Comedy, Drama, and Action. The two-hour showcase includes Oscar Nominees, US film festival “Best in Show” winners, and international honorees past and present. The program is hosted by Asbury Shorts Founder/Director Doug LeClaire.

Recommended for ages 16 and above.