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Current exhibitions

Weegee - Innocence and Experience: Childhood in Art

Innocence and Experience: Childhood in Art
June 19 - August 9, 2015

Curated by Stephen Margulies, Volunteer Curator

Does knowing the truth of childhood bring us closer to the truth of human nature? Is childhood a separate universe—or merely adulthood in miniature? Throughout history, notions of childhood have vacillated between the idea that childhood is a wonderful world alien to grownups and the idea that childhood is at best an embarrassing prelude to the real world of maturity.
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Weegee, American, born in Poland, 1899-1968, Out of the Past—Norma Shearer Signs an Autograph, c. 1950, Gelatin silver print, 9 1/4 x 7 9/16 in. (23.5 x 19.21 cm), Gift of Dr. Revels Cayton, 1995.30.74, © Estate of Weegee

Figures for the Soul

Figures for the Soul, Rotation II
June 19 - August 9, 2015

Curated by Elizabeth Dwyer, Barringer-Lindner Fellow

The second installation turns to the Michelangelo of the North, Hendrick Goltzius. Roughly two generations after Dürer, this versatile Dutch artist mastered the exuberance of late sixteenth-century Mannerism before returning to the Renaissance ideal of Classicism. The Museum’s stunning prints chronicle Goltzius’ evolution, permitting a careful survey of his varied influences, bold technique and acknowledged appeal to both Calvinist and Catholic. Like Dürer, Goltzius sought the beautiful, rendering figures that still rank among the finest in the history of graphic arts.
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Hendrick Goltzius, Dutch, 1558 – 1617, Pietà, 1596, Engraving, 7 1/2 x 5 1/8 in. (19.05 x 13.02 cm) (sheet), Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds, 1988.28

Anastasi- What Is A Line?

What is a Line?
April 24 - August 2, 2015

Curated by Jennifer Farrell and Rebecca Schoenthal, with assistance from Lauren Patton and William Auten

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Whether gestural or restrained, thick or thin, simple or complex, found or created, lines have taken various forms in modern and contemporary art. Inspired by the artist Paul Klee's statement that "a line is a dot that went for a walk," this exhibition, one of the Fralin’s upcoming shows for summer 2015, will examine the diverse ways 20th- and 21st-century artists have used lines—both found and created—in their art.
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William Anastasi, American, b. 1933, Brio, 2004, graphite on paper, 67 x 65 in. (170.18 x 165.1 cm), gift of the Artist and Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Funds, 2005.24

The Body in Motion

The Body in Motion
April 17 - August 2, 2015

Curated by the U.Va. Museums Internship Class under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator, The Fralin Museum of Art

Interns: Christopher Askew, Melissa Brashear, Sydney Collins, Brenna Darroch, Sean Kim, Riley McCall, Esra Park, Kathryn Scully, Madeline Smith, Holly Zajur

U.Va.’s Museums Internship Class has been given the unique opportunity to curate an exhibition. After searching the Museum’s permanent collection, the class was drawn toward photographs of the body in motion.
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Barbara Morgan, American, 1900-1992, Merce Cunningham: Totem Ancestor, 1942 (reprinted 1980), gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 in. (50.8 x 40.64 cm), gift of L. Bradley Camp, 1984.25.200.12, © Barbara Morgan Archives, courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery, NY.

Patrick Dougherty by Stacey Evans

Patrick Dougherty
On the Fly
October 19, 2013 – present

Organized by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions and Contemporary Art, with Project Management by AnaMarie Liddell, Exhibitions Coordinator

In October 2013, Patrick Dougherty, world-renowned for his larger-than-life, site-specific sculptures made of locally harvested twigs and saplings, created a unique work of art in front of the Ruth Caplin Theatre and the Arts Commons, the latest additions to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds. Constructed with the help of U.Va. and community volunteers, the sculpture responded to and reflected its physical environment and the process of its own creation. More >


Jean Arp

Jean Arp’s Oriforme, on long-term loan from the National Gallery of Art, exemplifies the approach to abstraction with which the artist is most closely associated; the sculpture will be on view on The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation Entrance Plaza in front of The Fralin beginning March 25, 2013. More >

Jean Arp, French, b. Germany (Alsace), 1886–1966. Oriforme, model 1962, fabricated 1977. Stainless steel, 89 3/4 x 84 1/2 x 23 5/8 in, 227.9 x 214.6 x 60 cm. Courtesy of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, To the American People in Gratitude—Leon Chalette, Arthur Lejwa, and Madeleine Chalette Lejwa, 1978.22.1.

UVaM's new Object Study Gallery

Object Study Gallery

The Object Study Gallery has approximately 140 objects on view, including Chinese bronzes, ceramics and sculpture; ancient Mediterranean coins, glass and marble sculpture; pre-Columbian ceramics; and African masks and figures. More >

UVaM's new Object Study Gallery