Hindsight/Fore-Site Exhibition - 2000

Sites, Artists, Schedule, Events

Artists' Biographies
Press Release

The special exhibition Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium opens to the public on Saturday, June 17.  Curated by Dr. Lyn Bolen Rushton for the Bayly Art Museum of the University of Virginia, the exhibition features site-specific pieces by over twenty artists who have created works in the environment that respond to central Virginia's Jeffersonian heritage. These installations will be on view in numerous locations throughout the Charlottesville area through the summer and into the fall.

Featured artists in the exhibition are Ann Hamilton, Michael Mercil, Dennis Oppenheim, Agnes Denes, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Lucio Pozzi, Rosemarie Fiore, William Bennett, Lydia Csato Gasman, and Daniel Reeves.  The work of Hamilton, Mercil, and Oppenheim has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  Mercil's participation was also made possible with the support of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Denes' "Poetry Walk: Reflections - Pools of Thought" was funded by the University of Virginia's Arts Board, a student arts programming committee, and Charles Tanenbaum.  Bennett's piece received partial support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts. 

Also represented in the exhibition are the artists Susan Bacik, Dove Bradshaw, Susan Crowder, Tim Curtis (supported through the University of Miami), Barbara MacCallum, Megan Marlatt, the Monaca Indian Community and the Living Earth Design Group, Todd Murphy, Beatrix Ost, Lincoln Perry, Jim Welty, and Pete OíShea and Robert Winstead.  A complete list of the artists, their work and sites, and the schedule of special events follows. 

As we look to the future and remember the past, Thomas Jefferson's influence - his broad knowledge of fields as diverse as law, science, geography, art, literature, and history; his commitment to American independence and democracy; and his problematic position on race relations - has offered numerous avenues for the artists to investigate. According to Jill Hartz, director of the Bayly Art Museum, "Works in the exhibition range from explorations of Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings to the Lewis and Clark Expedition discoveries, from literary references and democratic ideals to metaphoric connections between the past and the future."

Hindsight/Fore-site was planned as a collaboration among the artists, members of the University community and the general public.  Area developers, owners of private estates, directors of galleries and historic sites, students of all ages, city and county planners, and historians have all been involved in the planning, siting, and creation of these pieces. A grant from Philip Morris USA has enabled at-risk elementary and high school students in the area to work with the Millennium artists and their pieces.  In addition to the Bayly Art Museum, numerous public and private, urban and rural locations have become hosts to the artists and their work, including the Monticello Visitor Center, Ash-Lawn Highland, Montpelier, the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, the Ix building on Ware Street, and Darden Towe Park. 

A map with information about the projects and sites will enable visitors to see all the works in the exhibition starting June 17.  The artists are also featured in a group exhibition at the Bayly Art Museum, June 30 - August 20. Many of the Hindsight/Fore-site pieces will remain on view through the fall. 

In conjunction with the exhibition the Bayly Art Museum will publish a fully illustrated book documenting the exhibition. Featuring essays by Dr. Rushton and John Beardsley, a noted art historian and curator, the book has received generous support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Joining the sponsors previously mentioned in helping to make this major exhibition possible are the Wachovia Foundation, The Elton Foundation, the Young Friends and Volunteer Board of the Bayly Art Museum, the City of Charlottesville, the McIntire Department of Art at U.Va., Starr Hill Restaurant and Brewery, Woodberry Forest School, Lexus Law Publishing, S. L. Tate, Custom Express Cargo, and numerous individuals. 

For more information and photographs or to arrange interviews with the artists or curator, please call the Bayly Art Museum at 804/924-3592.

Contact:  Jill Hartz, Director  804/243-8854
Lyn Bolen Rushton, Curator  804/973-5566
Volunteer and Site Coordinator/Assistant:  Michael Alexander
Assistant: Annie Herdrich

Hindsight/Fore-Site: Art for the New Millennium
Exhibition Checklist & Special Events. This information is organized alphabetically by site.

Albemarle County Office Building, 401 McIntire Road at Preston Avenue 
(804) 296-4841
Front Lawn Tim Curtis, Miami, Florida
  Visionary Spirit
This sculptural steel rendering of a man's outer garment worn during Jefferson's presidency emits a glow at night. Although the 12' high covering is hollow, it appears to be inhabited, suggesting the continuing influence of Jefferson on our time.

Lobby  Michael Mercil, Columbus, Ohio
  In My Father's House
  Act I. Belongings Belonging: Wash tub
The ground for these objects, each displayed in a different site - Albemarle County Office Building, Ash Lawn Highland, Paramount Theater, and Bayly Art Museum - is a gridded floor cloth. Their backdrop is wallpaper representing a murder of perching crows. The spaces are darkened. The "belongings" beckon to events stored in our memory. But there is no clear meaning. Our memory is dimmed. For some there is no memory, or worse, only false memory. For others, the only memory that will do is to forget.

Ash-Lawn Highland, 1000 James Monroe Parkway (804) 293-9539; open daily 9am-6pm
Outside Susan Bacik, Ivy, Virginia
This piece honors our belief in open dialogue and discovery, the foundation of any respectful relationship among equals, whether in love, learning, or the rule of law. This sculptural bench ensemble creates an environment, both physical and psychological, that celebrates a continuation of the Jeffersonian tradition of civil exchange as a touchstone for the new millennium.

Slave Quarters Michael Mercil
   In My Father's House
  Act I. Belongings Belonging: Ballot Box

Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia, Rugby Road (804/924-3592) 
open Tues.-Sun. 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

  Millennium Artists Group Exhibition (June 30 - August 20)

  Light House, Charlottesville
  Video Diaries
Six high school students, using digital video probe their own identities - past, present and future - under the direction of local filmmakers and artists.

  Michael Mercil
  In My Father's House
  I. Belongings Belonging: Murder of perching crows

Coal Tower (outside), corner of 10th Street East and Water Street
  Todd Murphy, Staunton, VA
  Monument to Sally Hemings
A nameless faceless monument in honor of Sally Hemings.

Darden Towe Park, Route 20 North, approx. 1 mile from Rt. 250, on left  (contact Dan Mahon, artist coordinator, 804/823-6137)
  The Monaca Indian Community and the Living Earth Design Group,
  Charlottesville and Amherst County
  Stomping Grounds: Myth Fixing and Place  Making
This installation is for waking the story of a place and the story of the people first of that place. The path consists of stone dust, native clay, and plastic toy figures.

Downtown Mall
Windows, corner of the Mall and First Street South 
  Megan Marlatt, Orange, VA
  How the Mind Travels
Drawings of specimens collected by Lewis and Clark on their journey out West are exhibited, reminding us of both Jefferson's insatiable desire to understand natural history and the many fruits of the expedition.

422 Main Street East, facing C&O parking lot
  Daniel Reeves
  Monticello Canto
This digital painting mounted on a brick wall is an allegorical tableau positing Thomas Jefferson in relation to those who were affected by the social failures and historical triumphs of his legacy.

Paramount Theater window, Market Street
  Michael Mercil
  In My Father's House
  I. Belongings Belonging: Shoe shine box

Virginia Discovery Museum, 524 Main Street East
(904) 977-1025; open Tues. - Sat., 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sun. 1 pm - 5 pm
  Lucio Pozzi, New York, NY
 The Children's Fill
Each child who visits the museum on a certain day will paint an object in one of four colors - yellow, blue, red, or green - then use a simple machine to add their object to the growing sculpture.

Edgehill Farm, 2989 Edgehill Drive, off Rte. 250 before turn to Keswick
(804) 293-8124; open daily 9 am - 7 pm
 Susan Crowder, Charlottesville
Jefferson understood the need for a harmonious balance in the landscape between fields and pastures and buildings and roads. Through the use of hay bales and asphalt, Angus explores the unavoidable tension between the traditional farming way of life in Virginia and the dynamic growth that threatens the pastoral use of land around Charlottesville.

 Dennis Oppenheim, New York, NY
 Marriage Tree
This sculpture combines figures, both African-American and Caucasians, taken from wedding cake decorations and blown up to life-size. The piece melds new perspectives on Jefferson and Sally Hemings with contemporary concerns related to multiculturalism and gender relations.

Estouteville, Keene, VA, open by appointment (804) 293-4277
 Dove Bradshaw, New York, NY
 Notation II
A copper bar embedded in stone is left outdoors to weather. In time a verdigris and red stain will flow from the copper. The blood of suffering is not forgotten.

 Megan Marlatt
 How the Mind Travels
 This work involves paintings on pavement of the shadows of birds flying south for migration. The birds represent how the mind travels, the freedom of thought patterns and the pursuit of great ideas.

 Beatrix Ost, Keene, VA
 Table of Plenty
The tableau for the bees rests beneath the ominous cloud inside the labyrinth that puzzles us at all levels of existence. The bee is genetically driven to resolve its own chaos by constructing what for us is yet another mysterious labyrinth. The honeycomb is a living mandala, another signpost in Jorge Luis Borge's Garden of Forking Paths.
 Nature Morte
The artificial tree must fall. We attempt to encapsulate the essence of the egg. Will we be gods, seeding new planets and new species? Or will we be left with only a laboratory of crutches?

 James Welty, Charlottesville
 A Short History of Decay
Inspired by numerous literary sources and Jefferson's own investigations of the natural world, this copper sculpture growing from the grounds melds images of the uproarious forms in nature with ubiquitous manmade cast-offs.

Ix Building, 531 Ware Street, call Bayly Art Museum at (804) 924-3592 for times.
 Ann Hamilton, Columbus, Ohio (courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York)
 Ghost - a border act
To      d  e  l  i  n   e   a   t   e
The inscription of a line, wound,  round, an enclosure.
It announces,  fixes, establishes, marks, a visible trace. It  is  a  word, a name, a signature.
Roving the border between.
A hiss sounding the silence of
A Dividing from
A Dividing by

 Barbara MacCallum, Charlottesville
 The Metamorphosis of a Scientific Article Produced in Mr. Jefferson's University in the Year 2000
Addressing the creative process in science and art, the installation evolved as a collaboration with the artist's husband, a physicist, into a portrait of their marriage, creativity, and aging. The matted fur backing of her husband's recycled scientific papers, the negation of the comfort of warmth by the intrusion of violence, the reference to body parts and the distressed, destroyed, and layered surfaces all reflect the drama of life.

 Lucio Pozzi
These four cars, painted by high school students, continue the artist's four-color "scatter artwork" in Charlottesville.

Les Yeux du Monde @ Starr Hill, 705 West Main Street (804) 973-5566, open Sat. and Sun. and by appointment
 Lydia Csato Gasman, Charlottesville
 Opening Closed Books
Jefferson wrote, "I cannot live without books." Throughout his life he collected over 6,000 volumes that he classified under the Enlightenment rubrics of Memory, Reason, and Imagination. This installation interprets Jefferson's commitment to culture as the condition of possibility for creating a new and better future.

Les Yeux du Monde, 841 Wolf Trap Road (804) 973-5566, open by appointment
 Painting in the Year 2000
Current work by Bogdan Achimescu, Dean Dass, John Borden Evans, Lydia Csato Gasman, Lincoln Perry, Katherine Porter, Lucio Pozzi, Rosemarie Prinz, Elizabeth Schoyer, Karen Shea, and David Summers.

Monticello Visitorís Center, Route 20 South, 600 College Drive (804) 984-9822 or 295-2657, open daily 8 am - 5 pm
 Rosemarie Fiore, New York, NY
 Meeting Site
This excavation centers around the concept of finding the actual traces of the personality of Thomas Jefferson as a physical being, evoking Jefferson as a pragmatist through the creation of indices of present-day useful objects.

Montpelier, Slave Graveyard, 11407 Constitution Highway, Orange (504) 672-2728, open daily 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
 Martha Jackson-Jarvis
The unmarked slave cemetery at James Madison's Montpelier plantation home provides both inspiration and necessity for the creation of Markings. The three structures, or winnowing houses, which reference the distinct vernacular architecture relating to cultivation in the Antebellum South, are overlaid with mythic images of the animal and plant life of this region.

Second Street Gallery, 201 Second Street NW (804) 977-7284, open June 2-Aug. 13, Tues.-Sat., 10am - 5pm, Sun. 12 noon - 5pm
 Todd Murphy
 Natural Histories
Fusing a fascination with natural history museums and the genealogical mystery of Sally Hemings, the installation features works on canvas and intimate "specimen sculptures." the resulting painted photographs and altered objects are theatrical and symbolically fragmented, open narratives that question issues of identity, ancestry and being itself.

St. Anne's Belfield School, 2132 Ivy Road (804) 296-5106, outside
 Lucio Pozzi
  A Color Game on Nature
Scattered on the school's grounds are "tree sleeves," "stump shrooms," and "ground flags" created by students under Pozzi's direction in four bright colors - red, green, yellow, and blue. The works heighten awareness of nature and its mathematical mysteries.

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression, 400 Peter Jefferson Place - Pantops (804) 295-5784; open Mon.-Fri. 9am - 5pm, Sat. 9am-2pm.  Opening reception for exhibition: June 22, 4-6 pm
 Pete O'Shea and Robert Winstead
 A Community Blackboard
This exhibit showcases a proposed monument that will provide tangible and daily embodiment of the concept of free expression to the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. To be located directly across from Charlottesville's City Hall, the design includes a large slate blackboard on which members of the public may express themselves in chalk on any subject they choose.

University of Virginia
Lawn between Brooks Hall and 14th Street, across from the Corner, along University Avenue
 Agnes Denes
 Poetry Walk: Reflections -Pools of Thought
This work brings the past into the present and the future by finding the essence of Jefferson's era in the prose and poetry of Virginia's writers (including Jefferson) and writers about Virginia and the revolutionary power of art. These writings, etched into granite stones and placed flat into the ground, were selected by the artist and students involved in the University's Art Board.

Old Cabell Hall
 Lincoln Perry, York, Maine
 Cabell Hall Mural
Blending the neoclassical tradition with contemporary realism, this nine-panel mural traces a student's progress through Thomas Jefferson's University. The work was funded by W. L. Lyons Brown, Jr., Cary Brown-Epstein, W. L. Lyons Brown, Jr. Charitable Foundation of Louisville, members of the Mural Project Advisory Committee, and others.

Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium Special Events
All events will be held on Saturday, June 17, 2000

Exhibition Opening
Albemarle County Office Building
11:00 a.m.

Evening Gala Celebration (ticketed event)
sponsored by the Young Friends of the Bayly Art Museum
Join the Museum and Come! For details call 804/924-3592.

Performance Pieces

Michael Mercil: In My Father's House. Act 2: Living History
Albemarle County Office Building, 11:15 a.m.
A crow (performed by the artist) wanders from place to place. Being "extremely shy," he says nothing but sits upon a square floor cloth and shines shoes for free. But if no money or words are exchanged, what is the nature of the crow's labor?

Site Tours with Van on the Go
Reserve your place June 17 or June 18 on vans that will tour all Millennium sites. For times and costs, call 804/978-8367.

Lucio Pozzi: Reading the News
Paramount Theater, 300 East Main Street, 9 am - 5 pm
During this performance, which lasts 8 hours, the length of a typical work day, the artist reads random features from local newspapers. He substitutes one single name for all the men and another for the women, thus excluding their separate existence or "otherness." What remains is an abstract and absurd sameness.

Open Movement Improvisation Jam
with the Zen Monkey Project
New Dance Space, 105 North First Street, above Hamilton's Restaurant (804) 295-7856, 8 pm - 11 pm
Free and open to the public. Musicians welcome. No shoes.

Hindsight/Fore-Site: Art for the New Millennium Sponsors 
This exhibition has been made possible with the generous support of:

National Endowment for the Arts
Virginia Commission for the Arts
City of Charlottesville
Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
Bayly Art Museum, University of Virginia
Volunteer Board, Bayly Art Museum
Young Friends, Bayly Art Museum
Arts Board, University of Virginia
Philip Morris USA
The Wachovia Foundation, Inc.
Charles Tanenbaum
University Press of Virginia
University of Miami, Florida
The Elson Foundation, Inc.
McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia 
Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia
Starr Hill Brewery and Restaurant
Woodberry Forest School
Lexus Publishing
Custom Express Cargo
S. L. Tate
Allan H. Cadgen
William Dittmar
Beatrix Ost and Ludwig Kuttner
Gabe and Karen Silverman
Stephen E. and Cary Brown Epstein
Richard Robinson
Mark and Dodd Bronson
John and Jeanne Chamales
Ruth and Robert Cross
Bruce and Sally Nelson
Catherine Dee and Will Kerner
and the participating sites

Hindsight/Fore-Site: Art for the New Millennium Advisory Board

John Beardsley
Cary Brown-Epstein
Dean Dass
Nancy Drysdale
Pam Fitzgerald
Gergory Graham
Jill Hartz (director, Bayly Art Museum)
Dave Matthews
Sarah Sargent
Gabe Silverman
Karen Shea
Susan Stein
David Summers
David Toscano
Juddy Walker
Shannon Worrell
Charles Wright