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TIMERevisiting Gordon Parks’ Classic Photo Essay, ‘Harlem Gang Leader’
Sep 21, 2014
“Harlem Gang Leader” introduced Gordon Parks to America. LIFE magazine, which published the photo essay in its Nov. 1, 1948, issue, had every reason to be proud of the man it called “a young Negro photographer.” He had, it said, spent “four hectic weeks” exploring the world of Red Jackson, the 17-year-old leader of the Midtowners, a gang in Harlem, making hundreds of photographs. Most of the 21 pictures that LIFE’s editors chose for the story evoked the deep shadows and pervasive anxiety of classic film noir. Parks’ field notes provided the raw material for a narrative that mirrored the photographs’ sense of foreboding. The photo essay, while largely compassionate, ultimately depicted Jackson’s existence as one that was shaped by senseless violence and thwarted dreams.
UVA TodayNew Exhibit Goes Behind the Scenes to Re-examine Landmark 1948 Photo Essay
Sep 18, 2014
In a 1948 issue of Life magazine, a photo essay entitled "Harlem Gang Leader" introduced Gordon Parks to the world. Although Parks had been a professional photographer for nearly a decade, his name was virtually unknown, something he shared with the vast majority of professional photographers at that time. But his byline in Life – by far the most widely read news and photo magazine in America – changed all that. Opening Friday at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and running through Dec. 21, Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument explores the untold story behind the photo essay that introduced one of the 20th century’s most important African-American photographers, filmmakers and writers to the American public.
The Cavalier DailyThe Art of Medicine
Sep 07, 2014
"Art doesn’t only serve one purpose," said Jordan Love, the Academic Curator of the University’s Fralin Art Museum. This much was clear to both Love and Assoc. Medical Education Prof. Dr. Marcia Day Childress when they collaborated with University alumnae Louisa Howard and Emma Murphy to create the Clinician’s Eye Program. This innovative learning technique, based on similar programs at Harvard and Yale, hones medical students’ diagnostic skills through artistic analysis. Barely a year old, the class is held at the Fralin, where groups of about 12 medical students spend time discussing selected works of art. "Visual analysis can be harnessed to improve medical school students' diagnostic and observational abilities," Love said. "Clinician’s Eye is a fun way of using art to do that."
UVA TodayNew Fralin Museum Exhibit Captures the Dazzle of Early Indian Painting
Aug 29, 2014
A new exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia offers a unique entry into the world of early modern India through an array of colorful paintings. Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Paintings from the 15th to the 19th Century, on view through Dec. 14, includes several artistic traditions that range across the span of centuries.
WTJU SoundboardPostwar British Prints at UVA's Fralin Museum of Art: An Interview with Curator Jennifer Farrell and Docent Pia von Barby
Jul 18, 2014
The New CriterionJoseph Cornell and Surrealism, at The Fralin Museum of Art
Jun 24, 2014
Was Joseph Cornell a surrealist? He has been described as a "lone star within the surrealist constellation," a turn of phrase that might have pleased the avid stargazer of Flushing, New York, but one that leaves an incomplete picture of Cornell the artist.The Fralin Museum of Art recently posed this question with a finely focused exhibition in which Cornell’s work appeared alongside that of Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray, Mina Loy, Salvador Dalí, Yves Tanguy, among others. In a way, this show, which closed at the beginning of June, recreated the 1932 lineup seen at Julien Levy’s gallery, when Cornell's work first appeared. But Cornell was uneasy about this association, and later wrote to Alfred Barr before MOMA's 1936 show "Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism": "In the event that you are saying a word or two about my work in the catalogue, I would appreciate your saying that I do not share in the subconscious and dream theories of the surrealists. While fervently admiring much of their work I have never been an official surrealist, and I believe that surrealism has healthier possibilities than have been developed." Without a doubt, Cornell’s pervasive nostalgia and penchant for hoarding have Freudian connotations, but it is remarkable that he would see in the surrealists’ obsession the subconscious signs of mental imbalance.
Washington PostUVa president emeritus to chair museum board
May 07, 2014
The University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art has new leadership. The museum announced Tuesday that John Casteen, president emeritus of the university, will chair the museum’s advisory board. He will be joined on the board by his wife, Betsy.
UVA TodayCasteens Join Museum’s Advisory Board; Former U.Va. President to Serve as Chair
May 06, 2014
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has announced that John T. Casteen III, president emeritus of the University of Virginia, and his wife, Betsy, have agreed to join the museum’s advisory board. Casteen will serve as chair.
The University of Virginia MagazineSeeing the Everyday in a Different Way
May 01, 2014
Contemporary American artist Jasper Johns, now 83, creates art that puts a different spin on familiar, everyday objects—what he has called "things the mind already knows." An exhibit titled "Jasper Johns: Early Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation" will run through May 17 at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia
The Cavalier DailyFralin hosts surreal Joseph Cornell exhibit
Apr 21, 2014
Coming to the University from its previous display in Lyon, France, "Joseph Cornell and Surrealism" is currently on display at the Fralin Museum. Curated by Matthew Affron and Sylvie Ramond, the exhibition places modern artist Cornell in context with the surrealist movement and his peers, featuring almost 100 works from renowned artists such as Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and, of course, Cornell himself This exhibition explores surrealism from the 1930s and 1940s and its focus on the mind. With the prefix "sur" meaning above, surreal therefore means "above the real," causing many to view the form as both captivating and disturbing for its focus on subverting and building strangely on reality. This manipulation of reality stems from the artists' aim "to express the activity of the unconscious or dreaming mind," as described in the exhibition pamphlet.
University of Virginia School of Nursingthe HeArt of Medicine: Program buoys students' understanding of death and dying
Apr 10, 2014
How can one's personal history, family background, religion, art and coursework inform nursing and medical students' ability to navigate the waters of end-of-life care? In late February, 250 medical and nursing students gathered to focus on just that. The new program, called the HeArt of Medicine, seeks to help students understand their own feelings on death and dying, as well as the physiology of dying and how to navigate the difficult conversations that arise with patients and their loved ones surrounding end-of-life care. To do this, 125 students attended one of two workshops. Each three-hour workshop began with a large group presentation led by Jim Avery, MD, executive director of Hospice of the Piedmont, who outlined the physiological side of death and dying. Students then broke out into small groups (pictured with nursing prof. Jeanne Erickson, at right) to explore and discuss examples of art and other topics related to death and dying, seeking to embrace and explore the emotional side of end-of-life issues experienced by everyone, including doctors and nurses. The larger group then reconvened to debrief and discuss the challenges of end-of-life conversations with patients and their families.
Cville WeeklyJoseph Cornell plays in the shadows of the Surrealist movement
Apr 02, 2014
A rich and deeply satisfying show, "Joseph Cornell and Surrealism" at the Fralin Museum explores Cornell's work in the context of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s and '40s. Prior to seeing it, I had the common, yet incorrect impression, that Cornell was a hermit-like creature akin to Henry Darger who created his work in a self-imposed vacuum.
UVA TodayFralin Museum of Art at U.Va. Hosts Saturday Talk on Cowboys in Art for ‘The Big Read’
Mar 25, 2014
Scholar Stephen Margulies will give a Saturday Special Tour and talk at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia on March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. Margulies’ talk, “The Cowboy in Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny” is planned in partnership with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and the National Endowment for the Arts’ annual “Big Read,” designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture.
UVA TodayThe Fralin Museum at U.Va. to Host March 18 Lunchtime Talk on Jasper Johns Exhibit
Mar 13, 2014
Exhibition curator Jennifer Farrell will give a Lunchtime Talk at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, on the “Jasper Johns: Early Prints from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” exhibit March 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Johns, who was born in 1930, has challenged ideas about what art can be by focusing on everyday icons and emblems, or what the artist famously referred to as “things the mind already knows.” While perhaps best known for his paintings, Johns is also widely respected for his graphic work, which has occupied a central role in his oeuvre for more than five decades. His prints not only show a mastery of various mediums, but a profound sense of experimentation, which has had significant impact not only on his own art, but also on the field itself. \
Art DailyExplore "Joseph Cornell and Surrealism" at U.Va.'s The Fralin Museum of Art
Mar 07, 2014
“Joseph Cornell and Surrealism” focuses on the work of the American artist Joseph Cornell (1903, Nyack, NY – 1972, New York, NY) in the 1930s and the 1940s. These years span both Cornell’s emergence and maturation as a visual artist and the heyday in New York of surrealism, the international art movement founded by André Breton in Paris in 1924. This international loan exhibition is a collaboration of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Following a run in Lyon (Oct. 18, 2013 – Feb. 10, 2014), the exhibition opens at The Fralin on Mar. 7 and will remain on view through June 8, 2014
UVA TodayFantastical Universe of Joseph Cornell Comes to The Fralin Museum of Art at U.Va.
Mar 06, 2014
More than a half-century before there was Pinterest or any of the online applications devoted to the art of virtual collage, American artist Joseph Cornell was busy creating his own real assemblage works by hand. With snippets of magazines, pasted photographs and found objects, the universe of Cornell’s imagination was realized in meticulously composed masterworks born of everyday material. “Joseph Cornell and Surrealism” – an international loan exhibition created in a collaborative effort between the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, a municipal museum of fine arts in the French city of Lyon, and The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia – opens Friday at the The Fralin Museum of Art, and will remain on view through June 8.
Cville WeeklyJasper Johns’ print works bring order to chaos
Feb 27, 2014
Now in his eighties, America’s greatest living artist, Jasper Johns, is still recognized as the vanguard who ignored convention to create a new, galvanizing style that brilliantly reflected the spirit and mores of its time. Johns’ far-reaching influence can be discerned in Pop Art, minimalism, and conceptual art movements and it continues to resound in contemporary art today. Though he is best known for his paintings and his bronze Ballantine Ale cans, Johns is also considered a master printmaker with a body of work that shows his total command of the various media within the field of printmaking. “Jasper Johns: Early Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” at UVA’s Fralin museum (through May 19) offers a rare opportunity to view a selection of these graphic works.
Piedmont Council for the Arts BlogWeedon Lecture at The Fralin Museum of Art
Feb 26, 2014
With the generous support of the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents four lectures on South and East Asian art each year. The next lecture in the series is “Twanging Bows and Throwing Rice: Warding Off Evil in Medieval Japanese Birth Scenes” by Yui Suzuki, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Maryland, on Thursday, February 27. The lecture will begin at 6:00pm in Campbell Hall’s Room 153.
Chicago Sun-TimesArts Preview: Émilie Charmy
Feb 25, 2014
In art, the “new” is usually the work of a young gun just beginning to establish a reputation. But occasionally, the past still offers up an artist whose imagery hasn’t been emblazoned on items in the museum gift shop, or been maxed out by Madison Avenue. Take Émilie Charmy. Born in 1878 and active into her 90s, this French painter did not invent a new vocabulary or deploy color in a strikingly unusual manner. The old standards — still life, portraits, landscape and genre scenes — were her stock-in-trade. Yet she exercised the true artist’s prerogative: to paint what she wanted the way she wanted. From Feb. 27 through May 17, the Arts Club of Chicago presents the first U.S. retrospective of her work.
Initially curated by Matthew Affron for the University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art, the exhibition enables one not only to experience the individual sophistication of Charmy’s visual strategies, but also to reconsider the status of the female painter in the early 20th century. “She belonged to a generation of women who reformulated notions of gender and art at the same time,” says Affron, now a curator of modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “And the study of an artist who is not well-known is as interesting for what we learn about the conditions of art-making, the nature of the art market and evolving interests in the art world — not least for women artists — as it is fascinating in terms of rediscovering the paintings themselves.”
UVA TodayWeedon Asian Arts Lecture at U.Va. Feb. 27 to Focus on Childbirth Depictions
Feb 19, 2014
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host Yui Suzuki for an Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia on Feb. 27. Her lecture, “Twanging Bows and Throwing Rice: Warding Off Evil in Medieval Japanese Birth Scenes,” will be held at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153. Although a transformational life experience, childbirth has not received much focused attention in art history. In medieval Japan, birthing scenes were often inserted into medieval picture scrolls (called “emaki”) to evoke the larger Buddhist notion of suffering. Despite the long-established practice of medicine in Japan, childbirth pictures reveal that the upper echelons of society relied heavily on multifarious networks of ritual specialists and their magico-religious rites. In her talk, Suzuki will examine images of the diverse performances by religious professionals and the reasons why such elaborate measures were taken to ensure the safety of mother and child.
UVA TodayU.Va.’s Family Art JAM Explores Printmaking Inspired by Jasper Johns’ Work Feb. 15-16
Feb 14, 2014
Families are invited to an afternoon of fun and hands-on creativity as The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia continues its monthly children’s program, the Family Art JAM. On Feb. 15 and 16, the museum will offer four sessions of “Letters and Numbers: Printmaking Inspired by Jasper Johns” for children ages 5 to 12. Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art projects planned to make the museum's exhibitions accessible to young children.
WTJU SoundboardJasper Johns at UVa's Fralin Museum of Art: An Interview With Curator Jennifer Farrell
Feb 10, 2014
The Cavalier DailyA “Golden” experience: Fralin exhibit of portrait-esque "tronies" truly shines
Feb 10, 2014
I know it’s probably been a while since you memorized vocabulary for the SATs, but here’s a word too fun to ignore: tronie. Neither a troll mixed with a pony nor a misspelled version of “phony,” “tronie” is 17th century Dutch for “face,” also referring to a style of artwork which focuses on people’s faces and emotions. Intrigued? You’re in luck — the Fralin Museum of Art is displaying a collection of 17th century Dutch tronies from now until August.
UVA TodayFralin Museum of Art at U.Va. Announces Winners of Writer’s Eye Competition
Feb 05, 2014
The UVa. Fralin Museum of Art announces the winners of Writers Eye 2013. The Writer’s Eye program challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Entrants submitted original writings inspired by one of 18 pieces selected for the competition from the museum’s permanent collection and visiting exhibitions. After conducting tours for more than 3,600 students and adults, the museum received more than 1,500 entries to the competition from writers in the Charlottesville and University communities.
The Cavalier DailyPrint Preview: Fralin hosts the work and illustrious legacy of artist and lithographer Jasper Johns
Feb 04, 2014
Print is everywhere — it spells out the Bodo’s menu board, constitutes the reading assignments spat out by HP Deskjets everywhere and fills the pages of The Cavalier Daily print editions appearing in distribution boxes every Monday and Thursday. Few people give the process of printmaking much attention because of its ubiquity. Few people, that is, besides Jasper Johns. Johns, born in Georgia and raised in South Carolina, began exploring his interest in symbols, images and icons after settling in New York in the 1950s. Expressing himself primarily through lithography and painting, Johns played an integral role in the Neo-Dada and Pop Art movements of the late 20th century.
Augusta Free PressWinners announced for UVa. Fralin Museum’s 2013 Writer’s Eye competition
Feb 02, 2014
The UVa. Fralin Museum of Art announces the winners of Writers Eye 2013. The Writer’s Eye program challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Contestants submitted original writings inspired by one of 18 pieces selected for the competition from the museum’s permanent collection and visiting exhibitions. After conducting tours for more 3,600 students and adults, the museum received more than 1,500 entries to the competition.
UVA Today‘Portraying the Golden Age’ Exhibit Opens Jan. 17 at The Fralin Museum of Art
Jan 02, 2014
Art during the Dutch Golden Age, which spanned the late 16th and 17th centuries, gave portraiture a place of great prominence.
While young painters in the Netherlands primarily focused on portraiture, there were many other artists, mostly draftsmen and printmakers, whose works could be bought for comparatively lower prices than their painted counterparts.
To trace the blossoming of this drawn portraiture in the Netherlands during the 17th century, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents Portraying the Golden Age, the first of a two-part installation running from Jan. 17 through April 27.
UVA TodayNational Endowment for the Arts Grants Awarded to Three U.Va. Arts Disciplines
Nov 17, 2013
Three newly awarded National Endowment for the Arts grants will help the University of Virginia build its momentum in advancing and supporting the creative arts.
NEA Art Works grants have been given to the Virginia Quarterly Review, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and a collaborative multimedia project between poet Rita Dove and the McIntire Department of Music.
UVA TodaySculptor, U.Va. Students and Community Volunteers Turn Sticks into Art ‘On the Fly’
Nov 05, 2013
“When I grab a stick, I get a bunch of good ideas. I feel alive,” said University of Virginia artist-in-residence Patrick Dougherty in his documentary, “Bending Sticks.”
Dougherty—the guest of The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, the McIntire Department of Art and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts—spent three weeks working with students and community volunteers installing his “stickwork sculpture” exhibit in front of the Ruth Caplin Theatre on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds.
Art DailyFrick's Center for the History of Collecting names Jennifer Farrell winner of book prize
Nov 04, 2013
The Frick’s Center for the History of Collecting has awarded its Sotheby’s Book Prize for a Distinguished Publication on the History of Collecting in America to Get There First, Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art (Yale University Art Gallery, 2011). The book’s general editor, Jennifer Farrell, shares the prize with essayists Thomas Crow, Serge Guilbaut, Jan Howard, Robert Storr, and Judith Tannenbaum. The Frick’s Director, Ian Wardropper, commented, “Within recent years, the history of collecting art has found acceptance as an academic field, and we are very proud of the role that the Center for the History of Collecting has played in that development. Established at the Frick Art Reference Library six years ago, the center has fostered a high level of discourse through symposia, oral histories, publications, and fellowships. Furthermore, its book prize, generously supported by Sotheby’s, strengthens this area of study by acknowledging—and perhaps inspiring—new publications. We offer congratulations to Jennifer Farrell and her colleagues for this wonderfully researched publication and look forward to presenting the award to her formally at a reception hosted at Sotheby’s in January.”
WTJUSoundboard interview Oct 24, 2013 - Patterson symposium
Oct 24, 2013
Piedmont Council for the Arts BlogSymposium Explores Experiences of African Americans in Soviet Union
Oct 21, 2013
“In the Shadow of Stalin: African American Artists and Intellectuals in Soviet Russia” will examine the diverse experiences of African Americans who both visited and immigrated to the Soviet Union during the first half of the twentieth century.
UVA TodayU.Va. Symposium and Exhibit Explores Experiences of African-Americans in Soviet Union
Oct 21, 2013
“In the Shadow of Stalin: The Patterson Family in Painting and Film,” an exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia running through Dec. 22, examines a 1932 journey by Langston Hughes and several of his African-American peers to the Soviet Union.
The Daily ProgressArtist Patrick Doughtery Creates Stickworks At UVa
Oct 21, 2013
Students and community members gave a hand to artist Patrick Doughtery and his creation of a Stickworks installation Wednesday on the lawn of the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds at the University of Virginia. The installation involves weaving of tree saplings and sticks into towering nest-like sculptures. The project is expected to be completed October 18th and will remain on grounds for more than a year.
C'ville WeeklyInstallation artist Patrick Dougherty twists twigs and tames volunteers
Oct 16, 2013
If you’ve been in the vicinity of the Ruth Caplin Theatre and the Arts Commons at UVA, you’ve no doubt noticed some unusual activity in the bowl-shaped area between the buildings. Renowned installation artist Patrick Dougherty, together with a group of community and UVA volunteers, is hard at work weaving a sculpture made from locally harvested twigs and saplings collected by Dougherty, in a collaboration with UVA sculpture professor, Bill Bennett, and his class.
NBC 29Artist Constructs Sapling Sculpture at UVA
Oct 09, 2013
If you drive around the University of Virginia's drama building, you might be surprised by what you see. A sculpture more than 10 feet high is being built out of tree saplings and branches in front of the Ruth Caplin Theatre on the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds.
C'ville WeeklyÉmilie Charmy defied convention with her masculine style
Oct 02, 2013
Born in 1878 in the town of Saint-Étienne near Lyon, France, Émilie Charmy was groomed for the proper profession of teaching. But Charmy, whom I had never heard of before the Fralin show, had other ideas, taking up painting instead. Initially, she focused on traditional scenes of domestic life in an Impressionist style. But, she soon began painting subjects that had been the province of male artists. One of the first paintings in the show, Charmy’s shimmering “The Salon,” c. 1900, features naked prostitutes in a brothel—though you might never know it, given the decorous soft focus with which they’re painted.
Sep 26, 2013
Aired on Thursday September 26, 2013, Jennifer Farrell, curator of exhibitions and contemporary art at The Fralin Museum of Art, and Bill Bennett, associate professor of studio art in the McIntire Department of Art, discuss Patrick Doughtery's Stickworks, U.Va.'s site-specific sculpture made of locally harvested twigs and saplings in front of the Ruth Caplin Theatre and the Arts Commons, the latest additions to the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds. Farrell and Bennett also talk about U.Va. and community volunteers helping with the build and an exhibition at The Fralin featuring models and photographs of Dougherty’s earlier projects, as well as preparatory drawings for the installation at U.Va. Soundboard is WTJU 91.1 FM's discussion program about news, culture, and community issues in the Charlottesville area.
C'ville Art BlogÉmilie Charmy—A Visceral Voice at The Fralin Museum of Art
Aug 29, 2013
The Émilie Charmy retrospective currently on display at the Fralin Museum of Art is perplexing.
Most of her paintings have a fierce inquisitive quality. Her application of paint gives expressive life to simple compositions. Single thick brush strokes resolve into a small elegant wrist or a delicate twist of hair. Although a few paintings, like "Nu tentant son sein," seem merely fast and crude, her work cultivates a rough and layered visceral quality. The show culminates with a painting so thickly built, it brings to mind the Balzac story "Unknown Masterpeice." Mounds of paint construct an obscure image, a self portrait, which viewers experience more through the care of each brush stoke than the foggy edged figure which haunts the picture plane.
artdaily.orgThe Fralin Museum of Art introduces Modern artist Émilie Charmy to American audiences with retrospective
Aug 26, 2013
Though one of the most compelling female voices in French modern art, Émilie Charmy remains largely unrecognized. Curator Matthew Affron hopes to change that with an exhibition at U.Va.’s Fralin Museum of Art, the first U.S. retrospective of her work. The exhibition runs from Aug. 23, 2013 through Feb. 2, 2014, then travels to the Arts Club of Chicago, where it will run from Feb. 27 through May 17, 2014.
Affron, the Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and formerly The Fralin’s Curator of Modern Art, said, “Charmy’s painting engaged with major artistic currents, from Impressionism and Post-Impressionism to Fauvism before World War I.” She pursued an expressive, sensuous, modernist naturalism thereafter.