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Exhibitions

Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu

Reflections: Native Art Across Generations

In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior 1950-Now


Events

Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu
August 31, 2018 to December 16, 2018

Organized by Highpoint Center for Printmaking

Excavations: The Prints of Julie Mehretu is a spectacular collection of Mehretu’s work in the medium of printmaking. Best known for her large-scale paintings and drawings, Mehretu layers maps, urban planning grids and architectural renderings with whorls of abstract markings and bright... Read more

The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

Reflections: Native Art Across Generations
Through January 27, 2019

Curated by Adriana Greci Green, Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas

Reflections: Native Art Across Generations brings together historic Native American art drawn from the collections of The Fralin Museum of Art with the work of several distinguished contemporary Native artists. This exhibition establishes connections between past and present creative... Read more

This exhibition is made possible through generous support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Mullen Family Fund, a Fund at Community Foundation of Acadiana. The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is underwritten in part by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. We also thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.

Image: Kay WalkingStick, Cherokee, b. 1935. Bear Paw Battlefield #2, 2003. Gouache and charcoal with encaustic on paper, 25 x 50 in (63.5 x 127 cm). Museum purchase with funds from the Graham Fund, University of Virginia Alumni Association, 2004.11. © Kay WalkingStick

In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior 1950-Now
Through Sept. 30, 2018

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents In My Room: Artists Paint the Interior 1950-Now, May 18-Sept. 30, 2018. The exhibition looks at the inverse of the landscape: the interior.

Landscape painting, a common genre in western painting, is understood as a window onto the world thanks to artist and theorist Leon Battista Alberti and his ideas about the picture plane known as Alberti’s Window. After the Industrial Revolution, however, modern art erupted with the interior. Notably, modern artists began depicting windows into other rooms instead of painting views of the outside world.

“The interior space has an ability to prompt the viewer to ask questions and to view a space with new perspective,” said Matthew McLendon, director and chief curator of the Fralin Museum of Art. “In an untitled work by Alex Katz, for example, a bed in disarray invites the questions whether someone has left in a rush, to where and why? Interior with Doorway by Richard Diebenkorn uses light and shadow in juxtaposition creating a sculptural feel to everyday objects.”

Artists continued to paint indoor spaces throughout the 20th century for a variety of psychological, interpersonal and biographical reasons. Architecture, design and the still-life inform the paintings in this exhibition, as does the persistent theme of the artist’s studio. The exhibition raises myriad questions upon which to reflect and will address how representations of interior spaces have changed and evolved over time. Also of interest is the question of whether social and political events in the world at large affect representations of a space, or whether the presentation of space is more indicative of the artist’s mind or state-of-mind.

“Interior spaces, unpeopled, allow us to imagine our own physical bodies in the space,” said Rebecca Schoenthal, exhibition co-curator. “We are allowed an opportunity to have both an emotional and intellectual response while looking at the space; perhaps revealing more about the viewer than the painter.”

The exhibition is co-curated by Rebecca Schoenthal, Ph.D., and Ryan Steadman, former art critic at the New York Observer and visual artist. The exhibition will be comprised of loaned paintings and a selection of works from the Fralin Museum of Art collection, and will be accompanied by a booklet with essays by the curators and reproductions of select images.

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