Of Virginia Art Museum Exhibits Works By Celebrated Photographer
And Alumnus Rodney Smith
May 1, 2003 --
Reverie and Reality: Photographs by Rodney Smith
Friday, May 16 – Sunday, Aug. 10
University of Virginia Art Museum
of the powerful photographs of Rodney Smith, a 1970 alumnus of the
University, will open at the University of Virginia Art Museum Friday,
May 16. With a blend of spontaneity and composure, these images
often include haunting or humorous details. In each painstakingly
printed black-and-white print, Smith succeeds in capturing the underlying
beauty present in the world around us.
he writes in his artist statement: “Even while photographing
for the world of fashion, my interest is not in what is new or fashionable,
but rather what endures and is graceful, stylish, and beautiful.”
will be Smith’s first exhibition at his alma mater. It will
include approximately 40 photographs and is organized as a retrospective
look at his intensive career.
will present a gallery talk during the University’s Reunion
Weekend on Saturday, June 7, at 1:30 p.m. at the U.Va. Art Museum.
The talk, which is open to the public, will be followed by a reception.
accompanies the exhibition, which is sponsored in part by the University’s
Arts Enhancement Fund.
receiving his bachelor’s degree Smith earned a master of divinity
degree from Yale University in 1973, where he also studied photography
with Walker Evans. His publications include “In the Land of
Light” and the award-winning “The Hat Book.” He
has shown his work at the Robert Klein Gallery and The Pucker Gallery,
both in Boston; Gallery Zur Stockeregg, Zurich; and the Witkin Gallery,
New York. He has worked on assignment for BMW, IBM, Kodak, Starbucks
Coffee and Visa. His fashion clients include Bergdorf Goodman, Saks
Fifth Avenue and Ralph Lauren, and among his editorial clients are
The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire and GQ.
exhibit was organized by Jon Stuhlman, the 2002-03 Museum-McIntire
Department of Art Graduate Fellow.
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking
is available behind the museum.
details about the exhibit and information about the museum, call
(434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/
Jane Ford, (434) 924-4298