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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa Shelburne Museum
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Exhibitions

Playing Cowboy

Crystal Cawley

Bench Space

In the Garden

Dorset House

Playing Cowboy
Jun 23 - Oct 21, 2018
Colgate Gallery, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education

Before movie legends like John Wayne galloped across the silver screen, real live cowboys and Indians entertained audiences in dramatic performances that traveled the world in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. William “Buffalo Bill” Cody (1846-1917) helped generate the growing public interest in the vanishing Wild West by acting out the exploits of his life as a scout and Indian fighter in this uniquely American form of entertainment. At the same time, painters and sculptors such as Frederic Remington (1861-1909), N.C. Wyeth (1882-1945), and Carl Rungius (1869-1959) ventured west in search of artistic inspiration, translating their experiences into romantic portrayals that continue to influence contemporary understandings of life on the open range.

Playing Cowboy investigates the formative ways in which turn-of-the-century performing and visual arts mythologized cowboys and villainized Indians. Popular forms of mass media and entertainment, including dime novels, live stage performances, traveling exhibitions, illustrations, paintings, and sculpture all perpetuated the myth of the cowboy and stereotyped Native Americans, based on racialized perceptions of the time.

Crystal Cawley
Through October 31, 2018
Hat and Fragrance Galleries

Artist Crystal Cawley merges materials and ideas ranging from collections of old greeting cards and puzzle pieces to discarded library books and worn household textiles, drawing our attention to objects that might otherwise be overlooked. Visitors will encounter more than two dozen works combining the artist’s interests in the form and history of clothing and the possibilities of paper and fabric sculpture with traditional handiwork like embroidery, spinning, and letterpress printing.

Bench Space
Through Oct, 31, 2018
Museum Grounds

Bench Space is a site-specific exhibition celebrating contemporary furniture designers’ and artists’ inspirations and interpretations of the world around them. Shelburne Museum encompasses over 45 acres of landscaped gardens, providing unique visitor experiences among its 39 historic buildings that house its varied permanent collection. Along the multiple pathways across the Museum, benches not only provide targeted moments of rest and contemplation, but they also build connective tissue linking the outside landscape to the buildings and its collections held within. In celebration of contemporary furniture design, Bench Space features five innovative artists working in a variety of media: Peter Dellert, Louis Lim, Celeste Roberge, Mitch Ryerson, and Johnny Swing.

In the Garden
Through Aug. 26, 2018
Murphy Gallery, Pizzagalli Center for Art and Education

Eighty percent of Earth’s plants produce eye-catching, fragrant flowers to attract insects, which in turn act as pollinators. Over the course of millennia, these symbiotic relationships have resulted in the evolution of an endless array of colors and shapes of both flowers and insects. Featuring fine art, textiles, jewelry, and the bodies of actual insects, this exhibition explores the various ways flowers and bugs have captivated artists’ imaginations over the last five centuries.

Dorset House
Through Oct. 31, 2018

After three years of painstaking and meticulous work, the sublime and understated Greek-Revival structure known as Dorset House is reopened. Hand-picked by Shelburne Museum founder Electra Havemeyer Webb to house her renowned decoy collection, Dorset House has been restored with new wiring, insulation, climate control, lighting, security and fire detection systems, reinforced beams, repaired slate roof and marble steps, refurbished porches, handicapped access, and state-of-the-art display cases with LED lighting. It’s the ideal home for the Museum’s waterfowl decoy exhibition, which features superb works by master craftsmen from all over North America including A. Elmer Crowell of Cape Cod (“the Leonardo da Vinci of decoy carvers,” per The Boston Globe), Captain Charles Osgood, Albert Laing, Lem and Steve Ward, Bill Bowman, and Shang Wheeler. Renowned decoy factories such as Mason Decoy, American Decoy, Dodge Decoy, Rose Folding Decoy, and Stevens Decoy are also represented.

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