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The Fralin is open Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is free. Click here for hours. Please note, second floor galleries (including Earthly Exemplars) will be closed through February 3 during exhibition changeover. The museum will be closed to the public on Saturday, February 11.

The Fralin follows current UVA COVID-19 guidelines.

Casting Shadows: Selections from the Permanent Collection featuring the FUNd

04/15/2015 to 08/14/2016
Curated by the University Museums Interns
under the guidance of M. Jordan Love, Academic Curator
Interns: Noora Al-Saadawi, Emily Dance, Golara Haghtalab, Judy Lee, Margaret Lineberger, Gabrielle Patterson, Emily Ross, Karen Shufflebarger, Amy Woo, Xiaoying Zheng

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.

Spring 2016

Museum Hours

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm 
Friday: 10 am – 8 pm 
Saturday: 10 am – 5 pm (Please note, the museum will be closed to the public on Saturday, February 11.)
Sunday: 12 pm – 5 pm

The museum is closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.