Romare Bearden (American, 1911-1988) was one of the leading artists of the twentieth century. An artist, writer, and jazz lyricist, throughout his long career he depicted African-American life in his paintings, prints, and most notably in his collages. Born in North Carolina, he matured as an artist in New York during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. In 1979, he created a remarkable lithograph print series on jazz based on his paintings and monotypes. In this suite of six prints he captured the essence of this genre of music and his love of jazz and the blues. Art historian Gail Gelburd notes in her book on Bearden’s prints, A Graphic Odyssey: Romare Bearden as Printmaker, “It is the sound of jazz that gives these images their sounds. Behind the paintings [and these prints], you can hear the music of his friends, jazz musicians such as Earl (Fatha) Hines, Cab Calloway, and Duke Ellington.”
Selected by the studio art faculty, this exhibition features works by studio art majors and minors along with non-majors enrolled in beginning through advanced studio art classes during the University’s 2014-2015 academic year.
This exhibition is the first devoted to the many works that the Catalan-American artist Pierre Daura (1896-1976) created throughout his career in response to his personal relationships. More than seventy works are featured, including paintings, sketches, and drawings of Daura’s wife, Louise, their daughter, Martha, and self-portraits of the artist. The poignant images represent meaningful events in his life and constitute a visual autobiography of the artist.
The art of Jay Bolotin (American, born 1949) crosses many disciplines, including visual art, theatre, film, literature, and music, but his true métier is storytelling. The University Museums presented a one-person exhibition Jay Bolotin: The Jackleg Testament Continues two years ago in the Harnett Museum of Art. One gallery of the exhibition was devoted to a work in progress, a preview of The Book of Only Enoch. Included were working proofs from the portfolio, process drawings for the animation, Kharmen, his prologue operatic animation, and the artist drew directly on the walls of the gallery, covering the walls by drawing images and writing lengthy passages of text. The installation was a preamble, now the series of twenty prints is finished, and this exhibition presents the complete portfolio The Book of Only Enoch. This is the latest episode in the artist’s ongoing Jackleg Testament, a multi-volume saga that is as all-encompassing for the viewer and reader as for the artist. In his new portfolio, Bolotin draws us into Only Enoch’s universe through text and imagery that engulfs our senses and imagination.
One of the foremost artists to emerge in Philadelphia in the 1960s, Edna Andrade (American, 1917-2008) is recognized as an early leader in the Op Art movement. Through her pioneering interest in visual perception, her paintings are characterized by pulsating patterns, vivid color, and a sensual immediacy that defies narrative content and meaning. Inspired by the teachings of the Bauhaus, her geometric designs were derived from the study of natural formations as well as architectonic structures. The exhibition, featuring more than fifty paintings, represents the first comprehensive look at the range of Andrade’s work, from her early figurative landscapes, through her Bauhaus-type designs and transition to Op Art, as well as her late quasi-abstract studies of the Atlantic coastline.
Focusing on the themes of stories, status, and patriotism, the exhibition features a selection of nineteenth-century American ceramics that were donated by the New York collectors Emma and Jay Lewis in 2012. This exhibition is concurrent with the long-term installation in the Lora Robins Gallery devoted to nineteenth-century American ceramics that was co-curated by the museum director with Richard Barnett, ’13, as a student research project.
Robert Hodierne (American, born 1945) was a 21-year-old freelancer when he made his first trip to Vietnam in 1966. The photographer returned in 1969 as a soldier assigned to Pacific Stars & Stripes in Saigon, where he spent another fourteen months. He returned home from Vietnam for the last time in April 1970. During those two tours he photographed combat in every corner of the country, from the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that was the border with North Vietnam, to the Mekong Delta in the south, to the jungle-covered mountains of the central highlands, to the rice paddies of the central lowlands. The exhibition includes more than forty photographs from his two tours in Vietnam. Today, Hodierne continues as a photojournalist and is Associate Professor of Journalism, and Chair, Department of Journalism, University of Richmond.
The exhibition features some of the largest, and most spectacular, rock and mineral specimens from the museum’s permanent collection. Extracted from mines all over the world, the selection in the exhibition includes minerals such as dense quartz clusters from Arkansas, deep purple amethyst from Brazil, a massive 250-pound Peruvian pyrite, and exquisite okenite and stillbite specimens from India.
Concurrent with Picturing Attachments, this exhibition features a selection of drawings and prints by Catalan-American artist Pierre Daura (1896-1976) from the collection of the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center. In 2003, the artist’s daughter Martha Randolph Daura donated 228 works by Pierre Daura, including drawings, watercolors, prints, and paintings to the University of Richmond Museums. The exhibition explores Daura’s drawings through themes of life drawing, sketching his family, his response to the Spanish Civil War, and the landscape around their home in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie, France.
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center
Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. and by appointment call (804) 287-6424.
Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature
Sunday through Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The University Museums are closed for University events and holidays including:
- Labor Day Weekend (September 5 – 7)
- Fall Break (October 9 – 13)
- Thanksgiving Week (November 21 – 29)
- Semester Break (December 12, 2015 – January 12, 2016)
- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 18, 2016)
- Spring Break (March 5 – 13, 2016)
- Easter Weekend (March 26 – 27, 2016)
- Summer Break (May 14 – August 16, 2016)