UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum


Past Exhibitions

Animals in Art
June 7 - August 4

Curated by Stephen Margulies, Volunteer Curator

Are animals our friends or our enemies? Are we ourselves animals or are animals alien to us? Although humans have defined themselves through their "superiority" to animals, we admire them, love them, and have often turned them into myth, allegory, or even divinity. Scientists have long studied animals and learned from their abilities. Artists have always been enthralled by the beauty, power, and strangeness of animals, and, at the same time, their similarity to humans. Animals help us to explain our humanity, as they are seen as representing either the demon or the deity within us. In both science and myth, the human and the animal blend and separate. This exhibition will feature work by Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Albrecht Dürer, Claude Lorrain, Eugène Delacroix, Jacques Lipchitz, Weegee, Sam Abell, and many others in a variety of media that engage these issues and more.

The Fralin Museum of Art's programming is made possible by the generous support of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.

The exhibition is made possible through the generous support of Arts$, Albemarle Magazine, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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Family Art JAM
Artful Animals
Saturday, July 27 & Sunday, July 28
1-3 & 3-5 pm
RSVP 434.243.2050

Children discuss Frenemies: Animals in Art and experiment with textured paper collage to create their own expressive interpretations of Peppermint the cow and Ivy the goat, our models for the project!

Animal Friends @ The Fralin
For ages 3-5.
Enjoy three animal-themed storytimes led by Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian in The Fralin Museum's Frenemies.

Wild and Mild
Wednesday, June 26
10 am

Moves, Grooves, and Hooves
Wednesday, July 10
10 am

Fin, Fur, and Friends
Wednesday, July 24
10 am

Registration is required for each. RSVP 434.243.2050 or email.


Baboon (Black)

Top to bottom
Albrecht Dürer, German, 1471-1528
Rhinoceros, 1515
Woodcut, Meder third edition, 10 x
     12 in, 25.4 x 30.48 cm (sheet)
Gift of the Honorable Hugh S.
     Cumming, 1982.30.5

Nathan Oliveira
American, 1928-2010
Baboon (Black), 1994
Drypoint with aquatint, 44 1/2 x 38
     1/2 in, 113.03 x 97.79 cm (sheet)
Gift of Henrietta Near, 1997.21.3
© The Estate of Nathan Oliveira