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About The Fralin

Director's Welcome

Elizabeth Wright

With summer drawing to a close, we are already looking to our fall exhibition season with great excitement.

Bringing work by the important Mexican-American photographer Maria Varela to Grounds and highlighting a diverse selection of artistic expressions from our permanent collection will provide ample opportunities to explore.

Time to Get Ready: fotografía social, celebrates the work of renowned photographer, organizer, writer and educator, Maria Varela. In 1963, Varela accepted an invitation to join the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a civil rights organization working in the U.S. south. Later, Varela helped develop a voter literacy program. This exhibition of Varela’s photographs, taken from 1966 to the 1980s throughout the Deep South, Washington D.C. and New Mexico, documents the social justice activism that she both witnessed and helped to shape. The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago and is a new collaboration with The Fralin.

Joining a national conversation around the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, Otherwise seeks to visualize LGBTQ+ themes and histories as a way of valuing them. The exhibition, curated by Hannah Cattarin, draws works by over twenty-five modern and contemporary artists from The Fralin’s permanent collection, to examine the influence LGBTQ+ culture has and continues to hold on artistic production from the early twentieth century to the present. Otherwise presents works by artists who identify as LGBTQ+, as well as artists who have explored queer themes through their work. The exhibition features works by luminaries such as Berenice Abbott, Nan Goldin, Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly, George Platt Lynes, Marisol, Duane Michals, Yasumasa Morimura, Louise Nevelson, Robert Rauschenberg, Kiki Smith, Paul Thek, Mark Tobey, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol. Of special note are works by Martine Gutierrez and Zanele Muholi, which were recently acquired by The Fralin.

Asian Art from the Permanent and Select Private Collections is currently on view and features important works both from within our collection, as well as on loan. Co-curated by Professors Dorothy Wong and Daniel Ehnbom, this is an excellent opportunity to become familiar with this significant part of the permanent collection and illustrates our historically strong ties with faculty.

We thank you for joining us on this journey to discover thought-provoking, remarkable art. I look forward to seeing you in the galleries soon!

Matthew McLendon, J. Sanford Miller Family Director 
 
 

(Photograph by Daniel Perales)