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Current exhibitions

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle... From the History of the American People

Jacob Lawrence: Struggle...
From the History of the American People

September 3 - June 6, 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.
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Jacob Lawrence, In all your intercourse with the natives, treat them in the most friendly and conciliatory manner which their own conduct will admit . . .—Jefferson to Lewis & Clark, 1803, (#18), 1956, Egg tempera on hardboard, 20 x 24 in., Collection of Harvey and Harvey-Ann Ross,
© 2015 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Anastasi- What Is A Line?

Cavaliers Collect
August 28 - December 20, 2015

Curated by Bruce Boucher, Director

A celebration of The Fralin’s 80th anniversary in 2015, Cavaliers Collect will consist of loans from U.Va. alumni with distinguished art collections as well as works that reflect the broad range of The Fralin’s own collections. Featuring a variety of genres from Asian to contemporary art, we hope the exhibition will capture the artistic interests of U.Va. alumni, faculty, parents, and friends of the Museum.
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Robert Henri, American, 1865-1929, Johnnie Patton, c. 1924, Oil on canvas, 23 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. (59.69 x 49.53 cm), Courtesy of Cynthia K. Fralin and W. Heywood Fralin, Sr.

LeWitt - Collection: Sol LeWitt and Photography

Collection: Sol LeWitt and Photography
August 14 - December 20, 2015

Curated by William Wylie, Professor, Department of Art

LeWitt Wall Drawing 686

Watch a time-lapse video of the realization of Wall Drawing 686 in The Fralin's main lobby.

Sol LeWitt (1928–2007) is widely recognized as one of the most influential artists of the last half-century. The exhibition Collection: Sol LeWitt and Photography will feature the photographic work of LeWitt as well as pieces by other artists that relate to LeWitt’s conceptual practice. All works are drawn from LeWitt’s personal collection, and offers the public a rare opportunity to focus on the artist’s investigations with photography.
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Sol LeWitt, American, 1928-2007, A Sphere Lit From the Top, Four Sides, and All Their Combinations, 2004, Pure pigment inkjet prints, 28: each 18 x 18 in, Courtesy of LeWitt Collection, Chester, CT, Photograph courtesy of Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, © 2015 The Sol LeWitt Estate / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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