Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd
April 15–August 14, 2016
Curated by the University Museums Interns,
under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator
Interns: Noora Al-Saadawi, Emily Dance, Golara Haghtalab, Judy Lee, Margaret Lineberger, Gabrielle Patterson, Emily Ross, Karen Shufflebarger, Amy Woo, Xiaoying Zheng
What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical “shadows” of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across the globe. Using works that address the legacy of specific issues such as war, slavery, poverty, and sexism, Casting Shadows aims to prompt conversation among visitors and to remind them of the continued relevance these topics have today. Though caused by events and ideologies that seem far removed, these are shadows in which people of the world still walk, live, and suffer. All works included in this exhibition were purchased by the Museum using the Ray A. Graham Endowment FUNd, established in 1985.
Richard Serra: Prints
January 29—May 8, 2016
From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer
and his Family Foundation
Curated by Rebecca Schoenthal, Curator of Exhibitions
This exhibition will showcase the prints of contemporary icon Richard Serra. Best known for his large scale public sculpture, Serra has consistently maintained a practice in related media including film, drawing, and printmaking. The exhibition features his earliest graphic attempts in lithography from 1972 through more recent works created in 2015.
Fish and Fowl
January 29–June 19, 2016
Curated by Alicia Dissinger, Barringer-Lindner Curatorial Fellow
Flying and swimming are not natural instincts in humans—we can’t fly like birds or swim like fish. These traits, which we do not possess, are often the things we admire most in aquatic and airborne animals. Such species hold our imaginations, and we often project our own ideas and connotations onto these wondrous creatures.
Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...
From the History of the American People
September 3 - June 5, 2016
Organized by Elizabeth Turner
Throughout a career spanning six decades, the artist Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) maintained an unwavering focus on the human condition and created work that gave pointed and consistent expression to the black experience in America. Lawrence first came to prominence in the Harlem workshops of the 1930s and was among the first African Americans to break the color line in the highly segregated world of modern art. Celebrated for his highly original use of flat tempera color patterns in a style termed “dynamic cubism,” and for his vivid storytelling, Lawrence’s paintings made visible the struggles for economic, political, and racial equality.
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’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 >
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 >