MUSEUM: CONDITIONS AND SPACES
Friday, Aug. 27 Sunday, Oct. 27
Fourth Friday Reception
Friday, Aug. 27, 5:30 7:30 p.m.
David Summers, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the
History of Art, U.Va. McIntire Department of Art
Sunday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 10, 2 p.m.
Red & Black Figure Pottery
Tuesday, September 14, 12:30 p.m.
University of Virginia Art Museum celebrates the opening of a
new exhibit, "The Museum: Conditions and Spaces"
which invites visitors to progress through its galleries in the
same fashion that one walks around sacred spaces, offering both
a visual and physical experience.
exhibit of works from the museums collection puts theory
into practice and offers a new way to look at art based on the
museums collections handbook, "The Museum: Conditions
and Space," featuring more than 100 major works in the collection,
accompanied by entries by curators, faculty, graduate students
and other art historians. Edited by Andrea Douglas, U.Va. Art
Museum curator of collections and exhibitions, the catalog takes
as its inspiration the new book, "Real Spaces: World Art
History and the Rise of Western Modernism," by David Summers,
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of the History of Art, U.Va. McIntire
Department of Art.
The exhibit, a collaboration between Douglas and Summers, tests
the theories Summers sets out in his book. Divided into two parts
"Museum, Conditions, Places, and Spaces" and
"The Art of the Modern Western Subject" the exhibit
is designed in a way that invites visitors to progress through
the gallery space in the same fashion that one walks around sacred
spaces, offering both a visual and physical experience. As with
the collections catalog, the exhibit places works in the context
of the human conditions of art production across cultural borders,
emphasizing similarities in purpose.
Summers will give a Gallery Talk on two successive Sundays, Oct.
3 and Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. in the museum.