IN AND OUT
Saturday, Aug. 21 Sunday, Oct. 10
Roger Stein, professor emeritus of U.Va.s McIntire
Department of Art
Sunday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m.
Daniel Ehnbom, adjunct curator of South Asian Art and
associate professor, McIntire Department of Art
Saturday, September 18, 2:00 p.m.
University of Virginia Art Museum kicks off a yearlong exploration
of the formation of American culture with "Jefferson In and
Out," an exhibit that focuses on world influences that shaped
Thomas Jeffersons cultural interests. "Jefferson In
and Out" opens at the University of Virginia Art Museum on
Saturday, Aug. 21.
During the years between 1743 and 1826, the dates of Jeffersons
birth and death, the world was marked by social upheaval, including
the struggle between monarchy and populace; intellectual wrestling
between the rational and irrational; and cultural contact between
East and West.
"Jefferson In and Out" sites Jeffersons cultural
interests, a subject explored previously in two museum exhibitions,
"Thomas Jeffersons Academical Village" and "Hindsight/Fore-site:
Art for the New Millennium." Museum director Jill Hartz wrote
in "Siting Jefferson," the catalog produced for the
latter exhibition, "Jefferson was a cultured 18th-century
man who appreciated the visual and performing arts."
The works in the exhibition reflect what was happening during
Jeffersons lifetime and pair paintings that reveal the complex,
fluctuating world that influenced his cultural vision. Thus, South
Asian Ragmala pages from manuscripts owned by the upper class
are shown alongside Japanese woodblock prints that describe the
life of courtesans whose outsider status is subverted by the proximity
of their images to text describing noble activity. The neoclassical
heroic paintings by Benjamin West and Angelica Kaufmann highlight
the importance of the state versus the desires of the populace.
These works are juxtaposed with prints by Francisco Goya, known
for his critiques of the state, and a print by William Pether,
which celebrates the dignity of the working class.
The exhibit is the first in a yearlong investigation of American
cultural formation and explores the impact that cultural production
has on the way we, as Americans, construct our sense of self.
Roger Stein, professor emeritus in the McIntire Department of
Art, will give a Gallery Talk in the museum on Sunday, Aug. 29,
at 2 p.m.