Director and Chief Curator's Welcome
As the Museum’s new director, I am delighted to serve on behalf of The Fralin Museum of Art—a gem in the crown of the University of Virginia. I assume this role at a pivotal moment in the Museum’s long history and view it as an exciting opportunity to engage our audience of supporters, through conversations reflecting our cultural diversity within a broad spectrum of the arts. Through The Fralin’s ongoing work, we truly can reflect an institution where history and the future are embraced together. I invite you to join us on this journey to experience great art, on Grounds.
We are pleased to present an engaging slate of exhibitions, events and educational programs for The Fralin Museum of Art’s Winter/Spring season. In January, we will debut Rough and Unequal, a new film by Professor of Art, and 2017 Whitney Biennial Artist, Kevin Everson. In creating this work for The Fralin, Everson chose to look inward by, in fact, looking out—from University to Universe. Filming through the telescope at McCormick Observatory on Grounds, Everson documented the waxing and waning of the moon using 16mm film.
Through February, we will offer educational programs and tours based upon the ongoing exhibitions A Gift of Knowing: The Art of Dorothea Rockburne and Ann Gale: Portraits.
In March, we launch Collect, Care, Conserve, Curate: The Life of the Art Object, which offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the life of the object and the workings of the Museum as well as celebrating the Museum’s ongoing efforts in caring for our collection of nearly 14,000 objects. This exhibition is curated by collections manager Jean Lancaster, who has overseen our collection for more than two decades.
We also are delighted to host a talk by renowned New York Times art critic, Holland Cotter on March 23rd, and in April, we will host the 2017 Virginia Docent Exchange, drawing museum guides and volunteers from across the state to workshop and network.
Support from our members and donors are the lifeblood for all that we do and we are most grateful for your partnership and investment with us. We look forward to seeing you in our galleries soon!
Matthew McLendon, Director and Chief Curator
(Photograph by Daniel Perales)