What is a shadow? In a literal sense, it is the obscured imprint cast by light hitting an object in its path. But besides these silent and shaded doubles, what other parts of our lives have been left in darkness? This exhibition explores the metaphorical "shadows" of the tragedies, ideologies, and controversies of the past that still influence contemporary societies across the globe. Using works that address the legacy of specific issues such as war, slavery, poverty, and sexism, Casting Shadows aims to prompt conversation among visitors and to remind them of the continued relevance these topics have today. Though caused by events and ideologies that seem far removed, these are shadows in which people of the world still walk, live, and suffer. All works included in this exhibition were purchased by the Museum using the Ray A. Graham Endowment FUNd, established in 1985.
"We're often afraid of looking at our shadow because we want to avoid the shame or embarrassment that comes along with admitting mistakes." –Marianne Williamson, author of The Shadow Effect and A Return to Love
The Fralin Museum of Art's programming is generously supported by The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation.
This exhibition was made possible by a generous gift from Arts$ and the UVA Parents Fund. We also wish to thank our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC's Charlottesville Welcome Book.