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STrAY
Found Poems from a Lost Time
Suzanne McClelland

January 25 - May 26

Curated by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions and Contemporary Art

STrAY: Found Poems from a Lost Time is an in-situ project in which the contemporary artist Suzanne McClelland responds to Found Poems from a Lost Time (2006), twelve epistolary poems written by George Garrett (1929–2008), the renowned poet and esteemed professor of creative writing at U.Va. Garrett's poems, which describe the physical and psychological horrors of war, are constructed from passages lifted from letters written by two soldiers—both his distant relatives—who fought on opposite sides during the American Civil War. McClelland then created visual "portfolios" comprising drawings, printed matter, and photographs in which she lifted text from Garrett's work, as well as the shapes of the poems themselves. These materials are displayed in loose, layered configurations on a bulletin board-like form on the wall, a structure that provides an alternative method for reading and, in turn, for interpretation. Together with videos and works on paper—several of which were created in Charlottesville for this exhibition—these portfolios create a visually compelling installation that inspires fresh consideration of the role of language, perception, conflict, and both one's own history and history more broadly considered.

STrAY also includes a diverse group of works drawn from The Fralin collection by artists such as Käthe Kollwitz, Francisco de Goya, Larry Clark, and Sally Mann. These pieces, all selected by McClelland, will be in dialogue with her art and will provide a unique opportunity for visitors to simultaneously engage pieces from the collection in a new context while also studying the work of this important artist.

Based in New York City, McClelland has exhibited internationally since the early 1990s. She has produced paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, and videos, in each case experimenting with the process and possibilities of each medium. Her art is featured in numerous public and private collections and she has received several grants and awards from prominent organizations and foundations.

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 The Stanley Family Fund, U.Va. Arts Council: Enriching the Arts on Grounds, Cary Brown-Epstein and Steven Epstein, the McIntire Department of Art, Albemarle Magazine, and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.

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Exhibition catalogue

A catalogue accompanying the exhibition is available for purchase.

Suzanne McClelland
STrAY
Found Poems from a Lost Time
catalogue essay by Jennifer Farrell
48 pages, 49 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9835059-4-5
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
January 2013
$15, or $13.50 for members

Patrons' Reception
Thursday, January 24
5:30 - 7:30 pm
In the Museum

Final Friday Receptions
January 25, February 22, March 29 & April 26
5:30 - 7:30 pm
In the Museum

Saturday Special Tour
by Jennifer Farrell
March 23
2 - 3 pm
In the Museum

Family Art JAM
Making Marks Inspired by McClelland
Saturday, April 20 & Sunday, April 21
1-3 & 3-5 pm
RSVP 434.243.2050

Suzanne McClelland, American, b. 1959

Suzanne McClelland, American, b. 1959

Top to bottom
Poem Unit from Active Duty, 2007
     2012
Digital scan of handmade drawing
Courtesy of the artist
© Suzanne McClelland

Blind Contour at Tobey's Pawn Shop
     (AR15 Bushmaster)
, 2012
Digital video still
Courtesy of the artist
© Suzanne McClelland

Soft Partition, 2012
Ink and graphite on Yupo paper, 9 x 12 in, 22.86 x 30.48 cm
Courtesy of the artist
© Suzanne McClelland

A Minimal Pair-Cousins, 2012
Digital video still, with horns ("Belle"
     and "Fidele") by Carol Szymanski
Courtesy of the artist
© Suzanne McClelland



Exhibition catalogue

Exhibition catalogue
Suzanne McClelland
STrAY
Found Poems from a Lost Time

Catalogue essay by Jennifer Farrell
48 pages, 49 illustrations
ISBN 978-0-9835059-4-5
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, 2013