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Current exhibitions

Richard Serra: Prints

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.
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Image: Richard Serra, American, b. 1938, Paths and Edges #2, 2007, Etching, edition 39/60, 25 3/4 x 39 1/2 in (65.4 x 100.3 cm), Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer, © 2015 Richard Serra / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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

Warp and Weft

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.
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Image: Diné (Navajo peoples), Arizona or New Mexico, Transitional Rug, ca. 1930, Wool yarn, natural wool color, commercial dye, 85 1/2 x 56 1/4 in (217.2 x 142.9 cm), The Bertha Brossman Blair Collection of Southwestern Textiles, 1998.4.13

Cosway and Robinson

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.
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Image: Francesco Bartolozzi, Italian, 1727–1815, after Richard Cosway, British, 1742–1821, Maria Cosway, 1785, Stipple and engraving, 9 1/2 x 6 1/8 in (24.1 x 15.6 cm), Lent by the Langhorne Collection, 2014.EL.1.5

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


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.
© 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