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A group of University of Virginia students are getting some valuable hands-on experience and the chance to curate their very own exhibit at the university's Fralin Museum.The exhibit, titled "The Body in Motion," is the first ever curated entirely by students at the museum. Ten university interns came up with a theme, medium, and layout for the exhibit. The Fralin Museum's academic curator, Jordan Love, said she was excited to give the interns an opportunity for a hands on experience that they wouldn't normally get until graduate school. Love said because of the experience, the students are better prepared for future jobs.

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As part of an innovative arts internship program this year, University of Virginia students have been exploring The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection, looking for photographs that illustrate the various movements of the human body. The results of their search are now on view. “The Body in Motion” marks the first time U.Va. students have served as sole curators of an exhibit at The Fralin. Previously, students have only assisted professors in specific curating tasks. The exhibit, which runs through Aug. 2, features important works from The Fralin’s collection by celebrated photographers including Weegee, Gary Winogrand and Barbara Morgan (whose photos depict famed dancers Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham).

Spring is just arriving, but the arts are in full bloom at the University of Virginia.The Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds has become a centerpiece of the University; the new state-of-the-art Ruth Caplin Theatre now features top-notch dramatic performances; major artists such as celebrated composer Philip Glass and writer James Salter have held residencies; and Tina Fey and Kevin Spacey have had successful appearances as part of the President’s Speaker Series for the Arts. What’s more, U.Va. has become a real destination for the arts, with attendance rising for events ranging from exhibits at The Fralin Museum of Art to the Heritage Theatre Festival to the Virginia Film Festival.

The drawings were shipped with armed guards, the travel schedule kept secret, in frames equipped with their own precise micro-climates and sensors linked to computers in Italy. Once at their destination – a small museum on a Virginia college campus – more than a thousand students lined up on a cold night for their chance to spend time, up close, with Leonardo da Vinci’s drawings.“It’s incomparable, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Aaron de Groft, director of the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary. “They’re 500 years old and produced by one of the greatest artists in history.” He remembered his own experience, as a student, watching a curator take out a Michelangelo drawing and marveling. “How did I get here?” he remembers thinking. “Someone of great genius touched this. … It’s a very humbling experience.”

Lucian Freud was the grandson of Sigmund Freud, who encouraged him to become an artist. The younger Freud left Germany with his family when Hitler came to power and settled in England, where he painted a diverse group of people; from the civil servant he called Big Sue to Mick Jagger’s fashionable wife. “He had a fascination for pregnant women, and he painted Jerry Hall and Kate Moss, who were best known as tall, sleek models, in the third trimester of their pregnancy.”

After nearly six decades in the business, only the rarest piece of news gives William Acquavella pause. The artist Lucian Freud ringing up the normally unflappable dealer to say, “Bill, the painting’s had a sex change,” however, managed to do the trick. It was 1998 and Freud was well into painting Large Interior, Notting Hill—a group portrait that pictured the artist’s whippet Pluto lying at the feet of writer Francis Wyndham while Jerry Hall nursed her infant son Gabriel Luke in the background—when Hall failed to appear for two of Freud’s exasperatingly thorough sittings. She had, after all, already visited the artist nearly every day for weeks. Without hesitation, Freud simply replaced Hall’s head with that of his longtime assistant David Dawson, who sat in while Hall was truant. In the final painting, Dawson is disturbingly depicted nursing her baby. What’s more, Acquavella had presold Large Interior, Notting Hill to Hall’s husband, Mick Jagger.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has given the University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art six prints by Andy Warhol, reports Newsplex. The foundation also gifted the Fralin Museum, in 2009, a few of Warhol’s photos from the 1970s and ‘80s. There will be a large exhibition featuring the works next year.

Imagine entering a cave-like studio, its floor spotted with rags and walls textured with years of paint flicked off a loaded brush. You’re naked when you climb onto a small, sheet-covered bed, fully prepared to hold your pose for hours. Standing just a few feet away, an artist scrutinizes your body as he prepares to etch its lines into a copper plate—and when he does, you know he’ll capture your true essence in that moment. Such was the reality for the subjects of celebrated British artist Lucian Freud (a grandson of Sigmund Freud), whose subjects included Kate Moss, Jerry Hall and ordinary people like his children, his art dealer and the local welfare benefits distributor. The Fralin Museum’s latest exhibition, “Lucian Freud: Etchings,” offers a collection of rarely seen prints and one painting from the last two decades of Freud’s life.

The University of Virginia's Fralin Museum of Art has been given six works by famed artist Andy Warhol that were donated by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. In 2009, the foundation gave The Fralin museum several of Warhol's photos from the 1970s and '80s, but curators say these new prints highlight Warhol's interest in popular culture. Bruce Boucher, Director of The Fralin Museum of Art, said that "Warhol really was a prophet of kind of a modern vision. He saw what was coming, he appreciated how culture would be commodified, how celebrity would be mass market. He coined the phrase 'in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes,' and I think the works that we have illustrate that."

“Art is what you can get away with,” the late American pop artist Andy Warhol once said. But it also may be what you can give away. As part of Warhol’s legacy, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has been giving away the artist’s work for several years now, and recently completed the third and final round of a record-breaking program of donations. In this wave, the foundation gave away more than 14,000 original Warhol works, mostly photographic material and prints, with the stipulation that museums exhibit the work within five years of the gift. Among the recipients: The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, which received six screen prints in 2014.

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Lucian Freud: Etchings

Jan 19, 2015

Lucian Freud, one of the most respected artists of the postwar period, was widely celebrated for the powerful and moving portraits he made throughout a career of over seven decades. Created in an era dominated by abstraction and more conceptual practices, Freud's masterful depictions of the human form expanded and challenged ideas of what realist art, in particular portraiture, could be. The grandson of Sigmund Freud, Freud was perhaps best known for his workwith oil paint, a material in which few artists in the postwar period engaged. Yet this exhibition will show that Freud also produced an important body of prints, thus showing the critical place printmaking-specifically etching-held for him. Lucian Freud: Etchings provides an in-depth look at the prints Freud made after returning to the medium in the 1980s. The exhibition will examine the artist's powerful and detailed depictions of the human form and the psychological conditions that characterized his oeuvre. In addition to a selection of nudes, the exhibition will feature a series of portraits of family members (ranging from his children to the artist's dog), associates, and models and muses, such as Leigh Bowery, who frequently appeared in his art. Also included are works that may be less familiar, such as landscapes that combine detailed observations with elements of abstraction, and Freud's interpretations of Old Master works by artists, such as Jean-Siméon Chardin. Together, the etchings will show how Freud, through his masterful depictions of the human form, redefined portraiture. The exhibit runs through April 19.

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The majority of his works were of people, often shown nude, with an intense concentration on the texture and color of flesh. His oeuvre includes images of men, women, fellow artists, family members, those on the outskirts of society, and celebrities ranging from the Queen of England to Kate Moss – all of which show the art of someone whose penetrating gaze could reveal the very soul of the sitter. These are the portraits of British artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011), a grandson of Sigmund Freud who achieved international renown as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Running through April 19, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia hosts the exhibit, “Lucian Freud: Etchings.”

The majority of his works were of people, often shown nude, with an intense concentration on the texture and color of flesh. His oeuvre includes images of men, women, fellow artists, family members, those on the outskirts of society, and celebrities ranging from the Queen of England to Kate Moss – all of which show the art of someone whose penetrating gaze could reveal the very soul of the sitter. These are the portraits of British artist Lucian Freud (1922-2011), a grandson of Sigmund Freud who achieved international renown as one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. Beginning Friday and running through April 19, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host the exhibit, “Lucian Freud: Etchings.”

Acquavella Galleries have collaborated with UVA’s Fralin Museum of Art for an exhibition that opens on Friday titled “Lucian Freud: Etchings.” Often touted as an oil painter, Freud also produced a number of prints in this style during his career; the Fralin show focuses on those created after 1980.

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The Art of Medicine

Dec 17, 2014

A new program at UVA's Fralin Museum of Art helps teach medical students diagnostic skills through artistic analysis. Jordan Love, Academic Curator of the museum, joins us to chat about the "Clinician's Eye" program.

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Inspired by Paul Klee’s statement of “a line is a dot that went for a walk,” “What Is A Line?,” the Fralin Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, is scheduled to open next year, and will continue the museum’s long tradition of multicultural pieces — this time by examining a particular artistic technique. As described by Lauren Patton, the Fralin’s docent coordinator, “What Is A Line?” is grounded in one of the most basic elements of art: the line. The exhibition aims to examine how the line manifests itself in a vast array of art. The stylistic orientation of “What Is A Line?” certainly distinguishes it from other Fralin exhibitions. While some displays, such as “On the Fly,” focus on the works of specific artists, others, like “Realms of Earth and Sky,” are spatially exclusive. But by concentrating on such a bare essential of art, “What Is A Line?” evades cultural, personal and temporal boundaries.

The Cavalier Daily

University furthers commitment to arts

Nov 20, 2014

The University is increasing investment in arts around Grounds in an attempt to make art more relevant to the University student experience. The Campaign for the University of Virginia has raised $170 million for arts priorities, $38 million of which has gone toward the expansion, renovation and construction of buildings on the Arts Grounds. The remaining funds are helping to finance community engagement initiatives and art residencies, as well as exhibitions and educational programs at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University. The Fralin is one of the primary means through which the University engages students in the arts. Fralin Director Bruce Boucher said more than 2,000 students become members of the museum each year, a fivefold increase since 2009.

The Fralin Museum of Art has invited visitors to the Museum’s website to select works that will be shown in the summer 2015 exhibition What is a Line? derived from the Fralin’s collection. Participants have the opportunity to continue voting each week until mid-December. The most popular choices will be included in the exhibition. As stated in its press release, the exhibition aims to inspire thought about the Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary works on paper, the diversity of the ways in which lines, the most basic element of art, have been engaged by artists, and the different experiences of engaging with art online and in person contemplation of pieces in the museum. The Fralin selects a different group of works each week and voters choose from those pieces what they wish to see in the exhibition this summer.

"The Lyrical Line," which is on display for four months at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, features work from two of the most innovative printmakers of the early 20th century: Stanley William Hayter and Jacques Villon. "Imagine thousands of lines engraved in metal make up a print, and they all make up a reality," said Steve Margulies, the volunteer curator in charge of the exhibition, as he studied a Villon. "To me, this is like modern science, quantum theory. And [Villon and Hayter] were into that. Both of them." The prints were painstakingly selected from the University’s collection by Margulies—erudite, kind, he moves through the exhibition like an affectionate parent, examining the carefully hung prints as if they were his children.

“Harlem Gang Leader” introduced Gordon Parks to America. LIFE magazine, which published the photo essay in its Nov. 1, 1948, issue, had every reason to be proud of the man it called “a young Negro photographer.” He had, it said, spent “four hectic weeks” exploring the world of Red Jackson, the 17-year-old leader of the Midtowners, a gang in Harlem, making hundreds of photographs. Most of the 21 pictures that LIFE’s editors chose for the story evoked the deep shadows and pervasive anxiety of classic film noir. Parks’ field notes provided the raw material for a narrative that mirrored the photographs’ sense of foreboding. The photo essay, while largely compassionate, ultimately depicted Jackson’s existence as one that was shaped by senseless violence and thwarted dreams.

In a 1948 issue of Life magazine, a photo essay entitled "Harlem Gang Leader" introduced Gordon Parks to the world. Although Parks had been a professional photographer for nearly a decade, his name was virtually unknown, something he shared with the vast majority of professional photographers at that time. But his byline in Life – by far the most widely read news and photo magazine in America – changed all that. Opening Friday at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia and running through Dec. 21, Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument explores the untold story behind the photo essay that introduced one of the 20th century’s most important African-American photographers, filmmakers and writers to the American public.

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The Art of Medicine

Sep 07, 2014

"Art doesn’t only serve one purpose," said Jordan Love, the Academic Curator of the University’s Fralin Art Museum. This much was clear to both Love and Assoc. Medical Education Prof. Dr. Marcia Day Childress when they collaborated with University alumnae Louisa Howard and Emma Murphy to create the Clinician’s Eye Program. This innovative learning technique, based on similar programs at Harvard and Yale, hones medical students’ diagnostic skills through artistic analysis. Barely a year old, the class is held at the Fralin, where groups of about 12 medical students spend time discussing selected works of art. "Visual analysis can be harnessed to improve medical school students' diagnostic and observational abilities," Love said. "Clinician’s Eye is a fun way of using art to do that."

A new exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia offers a unique entry into the world of early modern India through an array of colorful paintings. Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Paintings from the 15th to the 19th Century, on view through Dec. 14, includes several artistic traditions that range across the span of centuries.

UVA's Fralin Museum of Art Curator of Exhibitions Jennifer Farrell and Education intern and docent Pia von Barby discuss the summer Postwar British Prints exhibit and happenings at the Fralin with Soundboard's Robert Packard and Lewis Reining.

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Was Joseph Cornell a surrealist? He has been described as a "lone star within the surrealist constellation," a turn of phrase that might have pleased the avid stargazer of Flushing, New York, but one that leaves an incomplete picture of Cornell the artist.The Fralin Museum of Art recently posed this question with a finely focused exhibition in which Cornell’s work appeared alongside that of Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Man Ray, Mina Loy, Salvador Dalí, Yves Tanguy, among others. In a way, this show, which closed at the beginning of June, recreated the 1932 lineup seen at Julien Levy’s gallery, when Cornell's work first appeared. But Cornell was uneasy about this association, and later wrote to Alfred Barr before MOMA's 1936 show "Fantastic Art, Dada, Surrealism": "In the event that you are saying a word or two about my work in the catalogue, I would appreciate your saying that I do not share in the subconscious and dream theories of the surrealists. While fervently admiring much of their work I have never been an official surrealist, and I believe that surrealism has healthier possibilities than have been developed." Without a doubt, Cornell’s pervasive nostalgia and penchant for hoarding have Freudian connotations, but it is remarkable that he would see in the surrealists’ obsession the subconscious signs of mental imbalance.

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UVa president emeritus to chair museum board

May 07, 2014

The University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art has new leadership. The museum announced Tuesday that John Casteen, president emeritus of the university, will chair the museum’s advisory board. He will be joined on the board by his wife, Betsy.

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia has announced that John T. Casteen III, president emeritus of the University of Virginia, and his wife, Betsy, have agreed to join the museum’s advisory board. Casteen will serve as chair.

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Seeing the Everyday in a Different Way

May 01, 2014

Contemporary American artist Jasper Johns, now 83, creates art that puts a different spin on familiar, everyday objects—what he has called "things the mind already knows." An exhibit titled "Jasper Johns: Early Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation" will run through May 17 at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia

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Fralin hosts surreal Joseph Cornell exhibit

Apr 21, 2014

Coming to the University from its previous display in Lyon, France, "Joseph Cornell and Surrealism" is currently on display at the Fralin Museum. Curated by Matthew Affron and Sylvie Ramond, the exhibition places modern artist Cornell in context with the surrealist movement and his peers, featuring almost 100 works from renowned artists such as Salvador Dali, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and, of course, Cornell himself This exhibition explores surrealism from the 1930s and 1940s and its focus on the mind. With the prefix "sur" meaning above, surreal therefore means "above the real," causing many to view the form as both captivating and disturbing for its focus on subverting and building strangely on reality. This manipulation of reality stems from the artists' aim "to express the activity of the unconscious or dreaming mind," as described in the exhibition pamphlet.

University of Virginia School of Nursing

the HeArt of Medicine: Program buoys students' understanding of death and dying

Apr 10, 2014

How can one's personal history, family background, religion, art and coursework inform nursing and medical students' ability to navigate the waters of end-of-life care? In late February, 250 medical and nursing students gathered to focus on just that. The new program, called the HeArt of Medicine, seeks to help students understand their own feelings on death and dying, as well as the physiology of dying and how to navigate the difficult conversations that arise with patients and their loved ones surrounding end-of-life care. To do this, 125 students attended one of two workshops. Each three-hour workshop began with a large group presentation led by Jim Avery, MD, executive director of Hospice of the Piedmont, who outlined the physiological side of death and dying. Students then broke out into small groups (pictured with nursing prof. Jeanne Erickson, at right) to explore and discuss examples of art and other topics related to death and dying, seeking to embrace and explore the emotional side of end-of-life issues experienced by everyone, including doctors and nurses. The larger group then reconvened to debrief and discuss the challenges of end-of-life conversations with patients and their families.

A rich and deeply satisfying show, "Joseph Cornell and Surrealism" at the Fralin Museum explores Cornell's work in the context of the Surrealist movement of the 1930s and '40s. Prior to seeing it, I had the common, yet incorrect impression, that Cornell was a hermit-like creature akin to Henry Darger who created his work in a self-imposed vacuum.

Scholar Stephen Margulies will give a Saturday Special Tour and talk at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia on March 29 from 2 to 3 p.m. Margulies’ talk, “The Cowboy in Art: The Good, the Bad, and the Funny” is planned in partnership with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and the National Endowment for the Arts’ annual “Big Read,” designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture.

Exhibition curator Jennifer Farrell will give a Lunchtime Talk at The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, on the “Jasper Johns: Early Prints from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” exhibit March 18, from noon to 1 p.m. Johns, who was born in 1930, has challenged ideas about what art can be by focusing on everyday icons and emblems, or what the artist famously referred to as “things the mind already knows.” While perhaps best known for his paintings, Johns is also widely respected for his graphic work, which has occupied a central role in his oeuvre for more than five decades. His prints not only show a mastery of various mediums, but a profound sense of experimentation, which has had significant impact not only on his own art, but also on the field itself. \

“Joseph Cornell and Surrealism” focuses on the work of the American artist Joseph Cornell (1903, Nyack, NY – 1972, New York, NY) in the 1930s and the 1940s. These years span both Cornell’s emergence and maturation as a visual artist and the heyday in New York of surrealism, the international art movement founded by André Breton in Paris in 1924. This international loan exhibition is a collaboration of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon and The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. Following a run in Lyon (Oct. 18, 2013 – Feb. 10, 2014), the exhibition opens at The Fralin on Mar. 7 and will remain on view through June 8, 2014

More than a half-century before there was Pinterest or any of the online applications devoted to the art of virtual collage, American artist Joseph Cornell was busy creating his own real assemblage works by hand. With snippets of magazines, pasted photographs and found objects, the universe of Cornell’s imagination was realized in meticulously composed masterworks born of everyday material. “Joseph Cornell and Surrealism” – an international loan exhibition created in a collaborative effort between the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, a municipal museum of fine arts in the French city of Lyon, and The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia – opens Friday at the The Fralin Museum of Art, and will remain on view through June 8.

Now in his eighties, America’s greatest living artist, Jasper Johns, is still recognized as the vanguard who ignored convention to create a new, galvanizing style that brilliantly reflected the spirit and mores of its time. Johns’ far-reaching influence can be discerned in Pop Art, minimalism, and conceptual art movements and it continues to resound in contemporary art today. Though he is best known for his paintings and his bronze Ballantine Ale cans, Johns is also considered a master printmaker with a body of work that shows his total command of the various media within the field of printmaking. “Jasper Johns: Early Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation” at UVA’s Fralin museum (through May 19) offers a rare opportunity to view a selection of these graphic works.

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Weedon Lecture at The Fralin Museum of Art

Feb 26, 2014

With the generous support of the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia presents four lectures on South and East Asian art each year. The next lecture in the series is “Twanging Bows and Throwing Rice: Warding Off Evil in Medieval Japanese Birth Scenes” by Yui Suzuki, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Maryland, on Thursday, February 27. The lecture will begin at 6:00pm in Campbell Hall’s Room 153.

Chicago Sun-Times

Arts Preview: Émilie Charmy

Feb 25, 2014

In art, the “new” is usually the work of a young gun just beginning to establish a reputation. But occasionally, the past still offers up an artist whose imagery hasn’t been emblazoned on items in the museum gift shop, or been maxed out by Madison Avenue. Take Émilie Charmy. Born in 1878 and active into her 90s, this French painter did not invent a new vocabulary or deploy color in a strikingly unusual manner. The old standards — still life, portraits, landscape and genre scenes — were her stock-in-trade. Yet she exercised the true artist’s prerogative: to paint what she wanted the way she wanted. From Feb. 27 through May 17, the Arts Club of Chicago presents the first U.S. retrospective of her work.

Initially curated by Matthew Affron for the University of Virginia’s Fralin Museum of Art, the exhibition enables one not only to experience the individual sophistication of Charmy’s visual strategies, but also to reconsider the status of the female painter in the early 20th century. “She belonged to a generation of women who reformulated notions of gender and art at the same time,” says Affron, now a curator of modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “And the study of an artist who is not well-known is as interesting for what we learn about the conditions of art-making, the nature of the art market and evolving interests in the art world — not least for women artists — as it is fascinating in terms of rediscovering the paintings themselves.”

The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia will host Yui Suzuki for an Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia on Feb. 27. Her lecture, “Twanging Bows and Throwing Rice: Warding Off Evil in Medieval Japanese Birth Scenes,” will be held at 6 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153. Although a transformational life experience, childbirth has not received much focused attention in art history. In medieval Japan, birthing scenes were often inserted into medieval picture scrolls (called “emaki”) to evoke the larger Buddhist notion of suffering. Despite the long-established practice of medicine in Japan, childbirth pictures reveal that the upper echelons of society relied heavily on multifarious networks of ritual specialists and their magico-religious rites. In her talk, Suzuki will examine images of the diverse performances by religious professionals and the reasons why such elaborate measures were taken to ensure the safety of mother and child.

Families are invited to an afternoon of fun and hands-on creativity as The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia continues its monthly children’s program, the Family Art JAM. On Feb. 15 and 16, the museum will offer four sessions of “Letters and Numbers: Printmaking Inspired by Jasper Johns” for children ages 5 to 12. Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art projects planned to make the museum's exhibitions accessible to young children.