A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825
Prints from the Collection of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation
January 30 - June 7, 2015
[Curated by MFAH] Organizing curator at The Fralin Museum by Bruce Boucher, Director
Before the 16th century, images of artists were rare in European art, but from that time onward, they became increasingly common. The impact of biography, a quintessentially Renaissance phenomenon, coincided with an interest in the representation of the individual. Such images included: portraits of artists; self-portraits; scenes depicting artists at work or with their family, friends, models, or patrons; allegories of art; and depictions of the viewing public. This proliferation of portrayals of artists signaled changing perceptions about both artists and art itself. Artists’ work came to be seen less as manual labor and more as an intellectual and creative enterprise, and the social status of artists rose and expanded. Artists represented themselves and their colleagues as gentlemen, craftsmen, scholars, and outsiders. Among the artists featured in this exhibition are Baccio Bandinelli, Van Dyck, Poussin, Rembrandt, Hogarth, and Goya. The selection of prints will be complemented by three painted self-portraits by Dutch artists, which will be on loan from The Leiden Collection in New York.
The Body in Motion
April 17 - August 2, 2015
Curated by the U.Va. Museums Internship Class under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator, The Fralin Museum of Art
Interns: Christopher Askew, Melissa Brashear, Sydney Collins, Brenna Darrouch, Sean Kim, Riley McCall, Esra Park, Kathryn Scully, Madeline Smith, Holly Zajur
U.Va.’s Museums Internship Class has
been given the unique opportunity to
curate an exhibition. After searching the
Museum’s permanent collection, the
class was drawn toward photographs of
the body in motion.
What is a Line?
April 24 - August 2, 2015
Curated by Jennifer Farrell, Curator of Exhibitions with William Auten, Digital Resources Specialist, and Lauren Patton, Docent Coordinator
Whether gestural or restrained, thick or thin, simple or complex, found or created, lines have taken various forms in modern and contemporary art. Inspired by the artist Paul Klee's statement that "a line is a dot that went for a walk," this exhibition, one of the Fralin’s upcoming shows for summer 2015, will examine the diverse ways 20th- and 21st-century artists have used lines—both found and created—in their art.
August 28 - December 20, 2015
Curated by Bruce Boucher, Director
A celebration of The Fralin’s 80th anniversary in 2015, Cavaliers Collect will consist of loans from U.Va. alumni with distinguished art collections as well as works that reflect the broad range of The Fralin’s own collections. Featuring a variety of genres from Asian to contemporary art, we hope the exhibition will capture the artistic interests of U.Va. alumni, faculty, parents, and friends of the Museum.