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University Of Virginia Art Museum To Feature Collage Exhibits

January 12, 2004 --

WHAT: Exhibition: “American Collage – Telephones”

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 23 – Sunday, Feb. 29

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum
Second Floor Landing
155 University Avenue

The University of Virginia Art Museum will feature the “American Collage — Telephones” exhibition, Friday, Jan. 23, through Feb. 2004. Marclay’s “Telephones” is a collage of edited film clips covering several film genres and periods, from Alfred Hitchcock’s “Dial M for Murder” and “Psycho” to scenes from contemporary movies like “Clerks” and “Sleepless in Seattle.” The unfolding sequence of events mirrors the framework of a telephone conversation, and in a broader sense mirrors the human desire to connect person-to-person.

WHAT: Exhibition: “American Collage”

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 23 – Aug. 2004

WHERE: University of Virginia Art Museum
Contemporary Gallery
155 University Avenue

ACCOMPANYING EVENT: Exhibition Reception/Fourth Friday
Friday, Jan. 23, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Beth Turner, curator, The Phillips Collection, opens the exhibition at 5 p.m.

U.Va.’s Art Museum will feature the “American Collage” exhibition, Friday, Jan. 23, through Aug. 2004. Organized by Matthew Affron, assistant professor in U.Va.’s McIntire Department of Art, the exhibit will examine several decades in the history of collage and assemblage in the American tradition.

“American Collage” brings together works of art from the museum’s permanent collection – including Joseph Cornell, Conrad Marca-Relli, Louise Nevelson, Adja Yunkers and Andy Warhol – and objects on loan by Alexander Calder, Arthur B. Davies, Albert Eugene Gallatin and Robert Motherwell from The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, has long been known for the extraordinary quality and unity of its collection, for distinctive exhibitions, and for the intimate and personal environment in which art is experienced.

Together these works illuminate the largest visual, conceptual and historical tensions in collage: formality and informality; chance gestures and fixed relationships; abstraction and decoration; purity of medium and the object as it occurs in everyday life.

The premise of the exhibition is that these hybrid and composite practices are a fundamental expression of modernist aesthetic sensibility. The artists featured use collage, assemblage and the found object to explore matters of representation and illusion in painting and sculpture. For Gallatin, Motherwell, Marca-Relli and Yunkers, the union of collage and painted canvas is anchored in the appeal of abstract painting; yet their pasted-in fragments conjure up randomness and rawness, introduce verbal and visual puns, and open a door into the everyday world. Cornell, Nevelson and Warhol explore art, life and the spaces in between by adopting ordinary things as raw materials for their work.

The art of collage represents a quintessential development in the history of 20th-century art. “It demonstrates the wide variety of methods used by artists who were key figures in that history, and it investigates the significance of collage and related techniques – the arts of the paste-in and the put-together – for modernism in general,” said Affron.

The exhibition inaugurates an ambitious partnership between Phillips and U.Va. Affron and Stephen Cushman, director of the American Studies program, are co-teaching a new undergraduate seminar on collage for art history students and fourth-year American studies majors. The seminar examines the development of collage, in both visual and verbal texts, from the emergence of modernism on.

Richard Herskowitz, director of the Virginia Film Festival, who teaches “Contemporary Independent Film and Video: Collage Media Art” in the department of drama and other courses in studio art and media studies, will incorporate collage into course syllabi. A series of lectures, performances and films, including the spring Film Society program, will also focus on American collage. In July and August, the exhibition will serve as an exciting resource for the museum’s Summer Arts @ the Museum.

The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.

For details about the exhibition, call the University of Virginia Art Museum at (434) 924-3592 or visit the Web site:

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

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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