Leavitt’s “Tears” Installation to Open
at the University of Virginia Art Museum Oct.22
October. 8, 2002--
Exhibition – “Tears”
Tuesday, Oct. 22, through Sunday, Dec. 1
U.Va. Art Museum
Gallery talk by the artist
Friday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m.
U.Va. Art Museum
installation by Rhode Island-based artist Michele Leavitt will open
at the University of Virginia Art Museum Oct. 22. The exhibition,
”Tears,” complements the Virginia Film Festival (Oct.
24-27), which has chosen “WET” as its annual theme.
reception, in conjunction with the Film Festival, will be held in
the museum on Thursday, Oct. 24. The artist will present a gallery
talk, free and open to the public, on Friday, Oct. 25, at 11 a.m.
The exhibition will remain on view through Sunday, Dec. 1.
a statement on ecological issues, Leavitt creates a living room
atmosphere with a variety of objects commenting on our culture of
consumption and environmental destruction. Through window treatments,
painted furniture, quilts, collages, paintings and a limited-edition
rug designed by the artist, “Tears” uses traditional
fine art materials and everyday objects to create an aesthetically
attractive and seemingly familiar and comfortable atmosphere.
something new and beautiful from something old is my way of visually
affirming how a change in behavior can create a path to preservation,”
Leavitt said. Upon closer analysis, each work in the installation
encourages viewers to question their own complicity in environmental
waste and the necessity of a global consciousness for the protection
of the earth.
art also combines levity with seriousness. Her sense of humor is
expressed in her juxtaposition of folk and contemporary art references,
conventional and nonconventional
materials, and traditional and innovative ideas.
received her B.F.A. from the Rochester Institute of Technology and
her M.F.A. from Cornell University. She has participated in numerous
juried exhibitions and solo and group exhibitions, and her work
may be found in numerous public and private collections.
U.Va. Art Museum is open to the public without charge Tuesday through
Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
details about the exhibit or the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or
visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.
and photographs available.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298