Sonorous Void

Book Art from the School of Paris, 1931-1945

March 7 - May 3, 1998
Graphics Gallery

In conjunction with the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 19-22, the museum will display works by members of the School of Paris--Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Andre Masson, and others--whose prints explored and enriched texts by such noted writers as Stephane Mallarmé, Honore de Balzac, and Georges Bataille. In the nineteenth century, MallarmÈ was notorious for stating that some day all existence would become part of a book--an all-inclusive harmony of word and image, the physical and the spiritual. The title of the exhibition was inspired by Matisse's suggestion that the visual music of the etched line emerges from the white depths of the paper, as if beauty were created out of nothingness. Organized by Stephen Margulies, curator of works on paper, the exhibition includes books on loan from the Special Collections Department of Alderman Library.

Panel Discussion and Poetry Reading
Monday, March 23, 5:00 pm; panel begins at 5:30 pm, in the Museum

Moderated by exhibition curator Stephen Margulies, the panel includes poets and scholars--Matthew Affron, Art Department; Stephen Cushman, English Department; and Claire Lyu, French Department. Come early to view the exhibition and bring a poem to read (your own or one by Mallarme, Apollinaire, or another French poet).