Art Museum Announces Publication Of New Book: “Siting Jefferson:
Contemporary Artists Interpret Thomas Jefferson’s
October 3, 2003 --
the summer of 2000, the University of Virginia Art Museum featured
a collection of artworks inspired by Thomas
The site-specific exhibition called “Hindsight/Fore-site:
Art for the New Millennium,” is the subject of a new book, “Siting
Jefferson: Contemporary Artists Interpret Thomas Jefferson’s
Legacy.” The book was edited by museum director
Jill Hartz and published by the University Press of Virginia with
from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.
the photographs of works by 24 internationally known and emerging
including Agnes Denes, Ann Hamilton, Martha
Jackson-Jarvis, Dennis Oppenheim, Lucio Pozzi and Todd Murphy,
are provocative and enlightening essays about Jefferson and his
influence by John T. Casteen III, president of the University
of Virginia; Peter Onuf, Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation
Corcoran Department of History; Lucia Stanton, Shannon Senior
Research Historian, Monticello; art historian John Beardsley;
curator Lyn Bolen Rushton. Hartz contributed the introduction
about Jefferson’s own interests in art and collecting.
area artists featured in the exhibition and book are Susan
Bacik, Susan Crowder, Lydia Gasman, Barbara MacCallum,
Megan Marlatt, Dan Mahon and the Monacan Indian Community,
Todd Murphy, Pete O’Shea and Robert Winstead, Beatrix Ost,
Lincoln Perry and James Welty. The book features photographs
of the artwork
by Tom Cogill and portraits of the artists by Richard Robinson.
book, which costs $19.99, is available at the museum, Les Yeux
du Monde (located on Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall)
and the University of Virginia Press (www.upress.virginia.edu).
exhibition, the most ambitious ever presented by the
museum, was made possible with support from the National
for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Philip
U.S.A., The Wachovia Foundation, the University of Virginia’s
Arts Board and Arts Enhancement Funds, and numerous individuals
details about the book, call the University of Virginia Art Museum
at (434) 924-3592.
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298