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Current exhibitions

Andy Warhol: Icons

Andy Warhol: Icons
May 20–September 18, 2016

Curated by Rebecca Schoenthal, Curator of Exhibitions

In 2014, The Fralin was the beneficiary of a gift of several works of art by Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Among these were silkscreens from the significant series Saint Apollonia and Cowboys and Indians, both created by Warhol during the 1980s. In 2016, The Fralin is pleased to present these pieces within the entire larger series of prints, revealing the diverse range of subjects that captivated the iconic artist.
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Image: Andy Warhol, American, 1928–1987. Marilyn, 1967. Serigraph. 36 x 36 in. (91.4 x 91.4 cm). Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr. 71.2170. Courtesy Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA. © 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
Rights of Publicity and Persona Rights are used with permission of The Estate of Marilyn Monroe LLC.

Art Lovers

Art Lovers
May 13–August 7, 2016

Curated by Rebecca Schoenthal, Curator of Exhibitions
with Alicia Dissinger, Barringer-Lindner Curatorial Fellow

Welcome to The Fralin’s “Summer of Love.” In celebration of this most enduring of emotions, we present a selection of works from the collection that encompass its myriad interpretations by artists throughout the centuries. From allegorical and mythological narratives to contemporary commentaries on same-sex partnerships, this exhibition aims to elicit emotion, yes, but also meditation on the implications of adoration in all its forms. Whether they be cardinal sins or hedonistic pleasures such as jealousy and lust, or altruistic and selfless acts of devotion and commitment, love inspires different reactions in different circumstances and presents diverse expectations as it is understood not only throughout time, but also across cultures and continents.
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Image: John Raphael Smith, British, 1752–1812, after Henry Fuseli, Swiss, 1741–1825, Ariadne and Theseus, 1788, Mezzotint with printed color and hand coloring, 27 7/8 x 19 1/2 in (70.8 x 49.5 cm), Museum Purchase with Curriculum Support Fund, 2001.12.1

Casting Shadows

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.
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Image: Adrian Piper, American, b. 1948, Let’s Talk, 1992, Screen print of panel #1 of 6, from The Mythic Being: Let’s Have a Talk, 1975, (6 gelatin silver prints, oil-crayon, each 25 x 20 cm and 20 x 25 cm), Print dimensions 25 7/8 x 26 in (65.7 x 66 cm), Produced by the Alternative Museum, New York, Collection of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Museum Purchase with FUNd, 1995.4.7, © Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin

Fish and Fowl

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.
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Image: Fon peoples, Benin, Africa, Appliqué Cloth, ca. 1960, Cotton and thread, 33 3/16 x 44 15/16 in (84.3 x 114.1 cm), Gift of Donald F. Miller, 1996.14.2

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

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.
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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

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 >

Patrick Dougherty, American, b. 1945, On the Fly, 2013, Mixed hardwood saplings,
46' x 36' x 12' 5"
Photography: Stacey Evans
© Patrick Dougherty

Oriforme

Jean Arp
Oriforme

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.
© 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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