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Current exhibitions

Lyrical Line

The Lyrical Line
Prints by Jacques Villon and Stanley William Hayter
August 22 – December 21, 2014

Curated by Volunteer Curator, with special thanks to Dean Dass, Professor of Studio Art, McIntire Department of Art, and Lynn Lee, Assistant Registrar

T. Catesby Jones (American, 1880–1946) combined pride in his venerable and distinguished Virginia ancestry with an ardent conviction that only modern art could communicate the spirit of his age while also giving a sense of "wholeness and connection." Two of the artists whose work he collected and donated to his alma mater, the University of Virginia, are Stanley William Hayter (British, 1901–1988) and Jacques Villon (French, 1875–1963). More >

Stanley William Hayter, British, 1901–1988, Principle of Flight, 1944, Engraving and soft-ground etching, 19 1⁄2 x 13 1⁄16 in, 49.5 x 33.2 cm (sheet), Bequest of T. Catesby Jones to the University of Virginia Library, 1947; transferred to the University of Virginia Art Museum, 1975, 1975.43.83 ©2014 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks
The Making of an Argument
September 19 – December 21, 2014

Curated by Russell Lord, Freeman Family Curator of Photographs, New Orleans Museum of Art

Exhibition organized at The Fralin Museum by John Mason, Associate Professor and Associate Chair, Corcoran Department of History

Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, a pathbreaking exhibition that originated at the New Orleans Museum of Art, explores the 1948 Life magazine photo-essay that introduced one of the 20th century’s most important photographers, filmmakers, and writers to the American public. Gordon Parks’ photographs and the magazine’s text, which relied heavily on his reporting, propelled readers into the world of Red Jackson, a seventeen-year-old "Harlem Gang Leader." Parks spent a month with Jackson and his gang, the Midtowners, while working on the story. Having gained the young men’s trust, he was able to make photographs that possessed the fly-on-the-wall intimacy and dramatic urgency of film noir. More >

Gordon Parks, American, 1912–2006,Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1948, Gelatin silver print, courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation

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