New York Artist Reveals
The Heavens At U.Va.’s Fayerweather Gallery
February 18, 2003--
Artist Andra Samelson
WHAT: Exhibition – “Ephemeris”
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 24 - Wednesday, March 12
Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
WHERE: Fayerweather Gallery, Rugby Road and Carr’s
WHEN: Thursday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: Campbell Hall, Room 160
Seminar on her works reflecting the destruction of Buddhist statues
in Afghanistan and a related project in support of their restoration
WHERE: Friday, Feb. 28, 10 a.m.
WHEN: Fayerweather Hall
Fayerweather Gallery will hold a Fourth Friday opening reception
for New York artist Andra Samelson on Friday, Feb. 28, 5-7 p.m.
“Ephemeris,” a collection of the artist’s drawings,
small paintings and collages of the cosmos, will be on exhibit in
the gallery Monday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 12.
Friday, Feb. 28, a ground installation, also titled “Ephemeris,”
will be exhibited in front of the gallery. The installation is composed
of a 25-foot-diameter circle of a reflective, sand-like material
called Black Beauty. Arranged on this surface will be more than
100 mirrors and Mylar reflective hemispheres varying in size from
1 to 15 inches. The creation is a metaphoric map of the night sky.
unrealized dream of Jefferson was to paint a night sky on the interior
of the dome room of the Rotunda,” said Bill Bennett, chairman
of U.Va.’s studio art program. “‘Ephemeris,’
with its hemispherical stars, helps to complete Jefferson’s
said, “Reflection is the primary component of the piece. Anything
that is happening in the moment — a bird flying over head,
a cloud drifting by, someone bending over to look at the piece —
is a part of the piece.”
students will work with Samelson during a week-long residency in
the McIntire Department of Art to create the installation.
upcoming projects include a larger installation based on “Ephemeris”
for the New Jersey Transit System.
will also curate an international exhibit of works created in support
of the restoration of the colossal Buddhist statues in Afghanistan
that were destroyed by the Taliban in March 2001. The exhibit will
open at the Afghanistan Museum in Exile, located outside Basil,
Switzerland, then travel to other museums around the world. The
project, which grew out of a piece Samelson created in response
to the statues’ destruction, was displayed at the United Nations
will conduct a seminar about this project on Friday, Feb. 28, at
10 a.m. in Campbell Hall, Room 158.
will also give a lecture on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell
Hall, Room 160.
events are free and open to the public.
Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
additional information, contact Bill Bennett at (434) 924-6138 or
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298