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U.Va. Art Museum Announces Publication Of New Book: “Siting Jefferson: Contemporary Artists Interpret Thomas Jefferson’s
Legacy”

October 3, 2003 -- In the summer of 2000, the University of Virginia Art Museum featured a collection of artworks inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s legacy. 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 support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Complementing the photographs of works by 24 internationally known and emerging artists, 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 Professor, Corcoran Department of History; Lucia Stanton, Shannon Senior Research Historian, Monticello; art historian John Beardsley; and exhibition curator Lyn Bolen Rushton. Hartz contributed the introduction about Jefferson’s own interests in art and collecting.

Charlottesville 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.

The 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).

The exhibition, the most ambitious ever presented by the museum, was made possible with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Virginia Commission for the Arts, Philip Morris U.S.A., The Wachovia Foundation, the University of Virginia’s Arts Board and Arts Enhancement Funds, and numerous individuals and area businesses.

For details about the book, call the University of Virginia Art Museum at (434) 924-3592.

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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