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University Of Virginia Art Museum Receives Works By 20th-Century Artist Joseph Cornell

March 21, 2003-- On display at the University of Virginia Art Museum are four boxes and eight collages by the American artist Joseph Cornell. A recent gift of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, the works increase the museum’s current holdings of two Cornell boxes (acquired through the Buzz Miller Bequest, Alan Groh-Buzz Miller Collection). These holdings, combined with those of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, make central Virginia one of the largest repositories of Cornell’s work.

The works will be on exhibit through June.

Since his death in 1972, Cornell has remained one of the most important, as well as most enigmatic, American artists of the 20th century. With a magical blend of chance, desire and whimsy, his work most often is linked to that of the Surrealists, whom he knew and respected. The addition of four box constructions — for which Cornell is best known — gives the museum a representative selection of Cornell’s engaging themes: entertainment, travel, games and birds.

Near the end of his life Cornell increasingly turned to collages, frequently built from scraps of magazines, newspapers, and other ephemera, and occasionally further hand-embellished. The collages often are linked thematically to his boxes but also reference more recent historical and cultural events and beliefs, due to their use of contemporary materials.

“This gift would not have been possible without the great generosity of Richard M. Ader, a trustee of The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation, and Joe Erdman, a member of our advisory board,” said museum director Jill Hartz. “We are thrilled and deeply honored to accept these significant works into our collection. They will be enjoyed and studied by visitors and students for generations to come.”

The University of Virginia Art Museum is located on Rugby Road in the Thomas H. Bayly Building. It is open, free of charge to the public Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available in the rear of the building, which is handicap-accessible.

For details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.

For images, contact Jean Collier at (434) 924-6323 or jcollier@virginia.edu.

Contact: Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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