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Alumnus shares interest in 18th- and 19th-century American art

‘A Jefferson Ideal: Selections From The Dr. And Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection Of American Fine And Decorative Arts’ Opens At The U.Va. Art Museum On Aug. 27

August 3, 2005 --

WHAT:       Exhibit — “A Jefferson Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts

WHEN:      Saturday, Aug. 27, throughWednesday, Nov. 23

WHERE:     University of Virginia Art Museum

                  155 Rugby Road

Fifty major works of American fine and decorative art will be exhibited at the University of Virginia Art Museum beginning Aug. 27. “A Jefferson Ideal: Selections from the Dr. and Mrs. Henry C. Landon III Collection of American Fine and Decorative Arts” marks the first exhibition of the Landons’ nationally recognized collection. The collection focuses on American paintings and decorative arts from the late 17th through the 19th centuries.

Henry C. (“Hank”) Landon III, a University of Virginia alumnus (BA ’44, MD ’47), is a member of the Museum’s Advisory Board. He and his wife, Barbara, have been collecting fine and decorative arts since 1961. 

This special exhibition features major examples of 18th- and 19th-century American painting and furniture, including works by Albert Bierstadt, John Singleton Copley, Childe Hassam, Winslow Homer, Thomas Moran, John Singer Sargent, Gilbert Stuart and Benjamin West, as well as high chests, desks, chairs and tables that represent such important centers of manufacture as Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Newport, R.I..

 “The University of Virginia — Thomas Jefferson’s University — has long focused on American art with a particular emphasis on the period of Jefferson’s life and legacy,” said Jill Hartz, director of the museum. “The exhibition strengthens the University’s commitment to its heritage and Jefferson’s philosophy.”

The full-color catalogue, “A Jeffersonian Ideal,”  ($35 for museum members, $40 for non-members) includes essays by the collectors, Hartz, and Richard Guy Wilson, U.Va. Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History, and entries on individual pieces by Andrea Douglas, curator of collections and exhibitions; Maurie McInnis, associate professor in the McIntire Department of Art; Roger Stein, emeritus professor in the McIntire Department of Art; and students in McInnis’s spring 2004 material culture seminar. 

The exhibition is made possible with the generous support of the Museum’s Volunteer Board and members, the Oakwood Foundation, and the Arts Enhancement Fund of the Provost’s Office.

Special EVENTS:

WHAT:         Fourth Friday Opening Reception

WHEN:         Friday, Aug. 26, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:       In the Museum

Free for members; $3 for non members

WHO:         Maurie McInnis, assistant professor of art history

WHAT:         Gallery Talk — “A Jeffersonian Ideal”  
WHEN:         Thursday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m.
WHERE:       In the museum

WHO:         Douglas Lewis, emeritus curator of sculpture and decorative arts, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

WHAT:         Gladys S. Blizzard Lecture — “Models of Perfect Elegance

This annual lecture, named in honor of one of the founders of the museum’s education program and author of the children’s book series “Come Look With Me,” honors a distinguished individual in the visual arts field.

WHEN:         Friday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m.

WHERE:       Campbell Hall, Room 153

WHAT:         American Studies Symposium — “Creating an American Style: Art and Architecture, 1600-1900”

Organized by Maurie McInnis and Richard Guy Wilson

Sponsored by the University of Virginia Council for the Arts, the McIntire Department of Art, the School of Architecture and the University of Virginia Art Museum

WHEN:         Friday, Oct. 7, and Saturday, Oct. 8

WHERE:       Campbell Hall, Room 153

Friday, Oct. 7, 5 p.m.

Keynote lecture

Eleanor Jones Harvey, chief curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

A reception will follow in the museum.

Saturday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. – noon

Barbara Mooney, assistant professor, School of Art and Art History, University of Iowa

Anne Verplanck, curator of prints and paintings, Winterthur Museum

Ann Smart Martin, Stanley and Polly Stone Professor, Art History Department, University of Wisconsin, Madison

1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Presentations by art and architecture graduate students, followed by discussion

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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