Emilio Sanchez, American, born Cuba, 1921–1999. Untitled (Looking West from My Studio), ca. 1985. Oil on canvas, 14 x 14 inches. Gift of the Emilio Sanchez Foundation, 2011.3.2. © Emilio Sanchez Foundation
This dynamic selection of 20th- and 21st-century artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection explores the ways that art can speak to or question the formal, physical, environmental, social, and institutional structures of our world. Here you will encounter the work of Robert Reed, whose abstract paintings and collages contain coded references to his life and memories. The depopulated architectural paintings of Emilio Sánchez invite us to contemplate our built environment. DJ and visual artist Rozeal addresses racism and the complexities of cultural appropriation and globalization in our current times. Alberto Rey encourages viewers to consider their own ecological surroundings from which we are often disconnected. These connections to regional resources and materials are also seen in the work of Maria and Julian Martinez, who innovated upon ancient forms of pottery in ways that still inspire Pueblo artists. Oftentimes, multiple structures are present in the same artwork, providing pathways and opportunities for interpretation and inquiry. From paintings to collages, from pottery to jewelry, the artworks in this exhibition inspire conversations about how our world is structured.
This exhibition is curated by Laura Minton, Curator of Exhibitions; Adriana Greci Green,Curator of Indigenous Arts of the Americas; Emily Lazaro, Docent Coordinator; and Rebekah Boggs, former Tour Coordinator and Education Assistant.
This exhibition is made possible through support from The Fralin Museum of Art Volunteer Board. The Fralin Museum of Art’s programming is made possible through generous support from The Joseph and Robert Cornell Memorial Foundation. Thanks to our in-kind donors: WTJU 91.1 FM and Ivy Publications LLC’s Charlottesville Welcome Book.