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About The Fralin

Director's Welcome

Elizabeth Wright

These colder winter months offer a wonderful opportunity to come inside and explore great art!

This season, we welcome the thought-provoking work of artists spanning a spectrum of media. These artistic voices include American photographer and University professor Bill Wylie, who brings Pompeii Archive to our Pine Gallery. Exploring the archeological site of Pompeii, Wylie deftly engages the work of Giorgio Sommer (1834–1914), a German photographer who documented the excavation of the site in the mid-nineteenth century. Wylie’s photographs, shown alongside Sommer’s images, evoke the haunting nature of this archeological ruin.

Our work as a teaching museum continues, with an exhibition curated by 2018–2019 Barringer-Lindner fellow, Eric Harrington. A PhD candidate in Art History, Harrington offers The Print Series in Bruegel’s Netherlands: Dutch and Flemish Works from the Permanent Collection, focusing on sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Netherlandish prints. This curatorial opportunity offers a hands-on learning experience that only The Fralin can offer to a young professional. Don’t miss these rarely-exhibited works from the permanent collection that demonstrate the strength and depth of our print collection.

Finally, we welcome the important voice of contemporary artist Vanessa German, to our J. Sanford Miller and Octagonal Galleries. A widely acclaimed installation, spoken word, and performance artist, German’s work powerfully speaks to issues of disparity and inequality in terms of race, gender, and socio-economics, providing a platform for discussion on these topics—among the most important in our society today. A “citizen artist”, German’s work has been featured in exhibitions at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Pittsburgh Biennial and the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, among many others. This installation, sometimes. we. cannot. be. with. our. bodies. originated at the Mattress Factory, in Pittsburgh, and will travel to the Union for Contemporary Art, in Omaha, as part of the annual Wanda D. Ewing Commission in September 2019.

Please join me, as we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves and others, through art that teaches and inspires. At The Fralin, you always have the opportunity to experience art that can change your mind about the world you live in. I look forward to seeing you in the galleries soon!

Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director 

(Photograph by Daniel Perales)