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.
Navajo Weaving: Geometry of the Warp and Weft
January 29—May 8, 2016
Curated by Mary Jo Ayers, Adjunct Curator, Native American Art
Diné (The People) are more commonly known as the Navajo. These Athabascan speakers settled between 1,000 and 1,525 CE—along the regions whose political boundaries we recognize today as Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, and Utah. Originally a hunting and gathering culture, archaeological evidence reveals the Navajo possessed weaving skills to make clothing and other utilitarian objects to support their lifestyle. Women were the weavers. They utilized an upright loom strung with a continuous,
vertically oriented warp yarn. A textile is crafted by threading the thicker weft yarn horizontally over
and under the vertical warp. Each new stitch builds the fabric in a manner similar to the way a mason creates a brick wall—piece by piece. The grid-like format of “building” the textile lends itself to the creation of geometric forms. This exhibition closely examines the play of geometry in a variety
of functional Navajo textiles in the collection of The Fralin.
Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson
January 29–May 1, 2016
Curated by Diane Boucher, Guest Curator
Two Extraordinary Women: The Lives and Art of Maria Cosway and Mary Darby Robinson examines the intersecting careers of two remarkable women who rose to prominence during the late eighteenth century. The artist, musician, and educator Maria Cosway, is now best known as the woman with whom Thomas Jefferson fell in love with while serving as American ambassador to France in 1786. The other, Mary Darby Robinson, was a celebrated English actress, former royal mistress, fashion icon, and one of the leading literary figures of her day. Both women were politically active Whig supporters and part of a proto-feminist movement that emerged at the end of the eighteenth century. Their ideas were stimulated by the same beliefs in freedom, equality, and democracy that informed the French and American revolutions.
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 >