Lost: Landscape Photographs by Sally Mann
Wednesday, Sept. 1 Friday, Oct. 15
Elizabeth Birdsall, graduate student
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 12:30 pm
photographer Sally Mann has recently turned her eye to Southern
landscapes. In the University of Virginia Art Museum exhibit,
"Paradise Lost: Landscape Photographs by Sally Mann,"
three new museum acquisitions of the artists work will be
on exhibit in addition to works on loan from private collectors.
The exhibition opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, and runs through Friday,
Mann wrote of her landscape works in the introduction to the catalog
that accompanied an exhibit at the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New
York City: "For Southerners, memory is more often an act
of will and once we conjure it, we are unashamed to overlay
it with sentiment. Our history of defeat and loss sets us apart
from other Americans and because of it, we embrace the Proustian
concept that the only true paradise is a lost paradise. But we
know that love emerges from this loss, becomes memory, and that
memory becomes art."
The museum has long been an admirer and collector of Manns
work. To honor two recently departed close friends of the museum
Nancy Drysdale, an esteemed gallerist and collector of
contemporary art, and Robert Cross, a U.Va. professor of history
the museum has acquired three Mann landscapes, two from
her "Mother Land" series and one, of the Manassas battlefield,
from her new series, "Battlefields and What Remains."
Born in Lexington, Va., where she lives and works, Mann has received
numerous awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment
for the Arts and the Guggenheim. Her work can be found in major
museums around the world, including the Museum of Modern Art and
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Mann is represented
exclusively by the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, N.Y.
Elizabeth Birdsall, graduate student, will present a gallery talk
on Sally Mann and Southern Landscape Photography on Saturday,
September 25 at 2 p.m. The talk will be repeated on Tuesday, Sept.
28, at 12:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.