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Paradise Lost: Landscape Photographs by Sally Mann
Wednesday, Sept. 1 – Friday, Oct. 15

Gallery Talk
Elizabeth Birdsall, graduate student
Saturday, Sept. 25 at 2 pm
Tuesday, Sept. 28 at 12:30 pm

Virginia 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 artist’s work will be on exhibit in addition to works on loan from private collectors. The exhibition opens Wednesday, Sept. 1, and runs through Friday, Oct. 15.

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 Mann’s 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.