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About The Fralin

Director's Welcome

On the heels of a successful fall with Gordon Parks, Realms of Earth and Sky, and The Lyrical Line, The Fralin is launching another equally impressive slate of exhibitions.

Lucian Freud: Etchings, curated by Jennifer Farrell, examines the artist’s powerful and detailed depictions of the human form, the psychological conditions that characterized his oeuvre, and how he redefined portraiture. Portrait of an Artist also examines portraiture, in this case through a selection of prints dating from the sixteenth to the early nineteenth-century, illustrating perceptions of artists and their work across three centuries. The exhibition originated from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation of Houston, Texas, and we are pleased to mount it here this spring.

What is a Line? brings an interactive dimension to the Museum as the works featured were voted on by you—our Museum community. Curated by Farrell, it was inspired by modern artist Paul Klee's statement that "a line is a dot that went for a walk." This exhibition examines the diverse ways in which twentieth and twenty-first-century artists have used lines in their art. Childhood in Art, curated by Stephen Margulies from works primarily drawn from The Fralin’s collection, depicts childhood innocence and experience—“the two contrary states of the human soul”.

We are fortunate to host two academic exhibitions: Figures for the Soul by Elizabeth Dwyer, our Barringer-Lindner Fellow, and The Body in Motion by U.Va.’s Museums Internship Class. Figures is a two-part series featuring the works of Albrecht Dürer and Hendrick Goltzius, focusing on their technique and evolution as artists. The Body is a collaborative effort of the 10-member Internship Class, encouraging contemplation of the body’s motion through the medium of photography.

These joint efforts showcase the Museum’s collection while providing ample opportunity for educational programming and community outreach. As this would not be possible without our members, donors, community partners, and visitors, I offer you my sincere thanks for your engagement with the Museum and look forward to seeing you in our galleries soon!

Bruce Boucher, Director

— Bruce Boucher, Director

Students at The Fralin

Students viewing the Joseph Cornell exhibition at Final Friday. Photo by Stacey Evans.