Dear Members and Friends,
It is my favorite season—the beginning of the new academic year. The summer heat will soon give way to cooler days and Grounds will once again be abuzz with students. While summer seems quieter around The University, work behind the scenes at the museum never slows down.
My colleagues and I are excited to welcome you to the museum with a dynamic and diverse range of exhibitions and programs for our fall season. Joseph Cornell: Enclosing Infinity commemorates the 50th anniversary of the passing of one of America’s most influential artists. This focus exhibition highlights the six box constructions we are fortunate to hold in our permanent collection. I encourage you to spend time investigating these worlds Cornell created to understand why his work continues to inspire artists and art-lovers alike. I am personally excited about the exhibition Power Play: Reimagining Representation in Contemporary Photography, which features recently acquired photographs by five artists that utilize portraiture, satire, pop culture references and advertising techniques to critique and combat essentializing representations of feminine identities. Instead, these artists counter erasure and underrepresentation by taking an active stance with fresh, poignant, and powerful representations of themselves and their communities. Our Barringer-Lindner Fellow, Clara Ma, spent the past year researching aspects of Buddhist art in our collection to bring you Earthly Exemplars: The Art of Buddhist Disciples and Teachers in Asia which is augmented by works from an important private collection. More permanent collection is featured in Gandharan Sculpture from the Alan D. and Ann K. Wolfe Collection as well as work by Eeva-Liisa Isomaa in our Focus On series.
Beyond our exhibitions, you will see a number of new faces around the museum. You have often heard me say that I could not find a better group of museum professionals anywhere and this continues to be true as we add new members to the team. Please make sure to welcome them to our museum family when you see them.
Finally, after an extensive period of brainstorming, benchmarking, and benefit-building headed up by a dedicated team from our Volunteer Board, we are excited to launch our new Membership Program. Designed to better meet the needs of our museum community, and taking your feedback into account, this newly reinvigorated program offers our members opportunities to embrace a spirit of belonging and camaraderie while directly supporting the mission of the museum. Join me in joining The Fralin!
I’ll see you in the galleries.
J. Sanford Miller Family Director