retrospective of the powerful photographs of Rodney Smith, a 1970
alumnus of the University, will open at the University of Virginia
Art Museum Friday, May 16. With a blend of spontaneity and composure,
these images often include haunting or humorous details. In each
painstakingly printed black-and-white print, Smith succeeds in
capturing the underlying beauty present in the world around us.
he writes in his artist statement: "Even while photographing
for the world of fashion, my interest is not in what is new or
fashionable, but rather what endures and is graceful, stylish,
This will be Smiths first exhibition at his alma mater.
It will include approximately 40 photographs and is organized
as a retrospective look at his intensive career.
will present a gallery talk during the Universitys Reunion
Weekend on Saturday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the U.Va. Art Museum.
The talk, which is open to the public, will be followed by a reception.
A catalog accompanies the exhibition, which is sponsored in part
by the Universitys Arts Enhancement Fund.
receiving his bachelors degree Smith earned a master of
divinity degree from Yale University in 1973, where he also studied
photography with Walker Evans. His publications include "In
the Land of Light" and the award-winning "The Hat Book."
He has shown his work at the Robert Klein Gallery and The Pucker
Gallery, both in Boston; Gallery Zur Stockeregg, Zurich; and the
Witkin Gallery, New York. He has worked on assignment for BMW,
IBM, Kodak, Starbucks Coffee and Visa. His fashion clients include
Bergdorf Goodman, Saks Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren, and among
his editorial clients are The New York Times Magazine, Vanity
Fair, Esquire and GQ.
exhibit was organized by Jon Stuhlman, the 2002-03 Museum-McIntire
Department of Art Graduate Fellow.
Photographs are available. Contact Jane Ford at (434) 924-4298
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is
free. Limited parking is available behind the museum. The museum
is handicap accessible. For details about the exhibit and information
about the museum, call (434) 924-3592.