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Photography Exhibit Explores The Status, Prejudice And Psychological Meaning Of The Nude Figure In Art

April 27, 2005 --

WHAT:         Exhibition “The Naked and the Clothed: Photographs from the Collection”

WHEN:         Friday, May 6 through Sunday, June 19

WHERE:       U.Va. Art Museum

                  155 Rugby Road

WHAT:         Gallery Talk by Stephen Margulies, the museum’s former curator of works on paper

WHEN:         Sunday, May 8, 2 p.m. in the museum

On Friday, May 6, the University of Virginia Art Museum will open the special exhibition, “The Naked and the Clothed,” featuring photographs from the permanent collection. Organized by Stephen Margulies, and on view through June 19, the exhibition explores the presentation of clothed and unclothed figures in the work of artists such as Richard Avedon, Edouard Boubat, Nan Goldin, William Klein, Edward Roseberry, Edward Steichen and Holly Wright.

“Ancient Greeks considered the public nudity of their athletes and warriors proof of their higher degree of civilization,” said Margulies, the museum’s former curator of works on paper. “In contrast, ‘barbarians’ were supposed to wear an abundance of clothing to signal their physical shame. It is, perhaps, sobering to realize that — even in our own day — nudity in art remains a provocative issue.” The exhibition explores clothing and fashion, or the lack of it, as indications of status, prejudice and psychological meaning.

On Sunday, May 8, at 2 p.m., Margulies will give a gallery talk on the exhibition in the museum. The talk is free and open to the public.

The U.Va. Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 pm.  For more information, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the museum Web site at www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

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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