Hindsight/Fore-Site Exhibition
Opens Saturday, June 17
Artists' Biographies

Press Release

Sites, Artists, Schedule, Events

1. 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.

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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 taken from wedding cake decorations and blown up to life-size. 

8. 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.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.