American artist Matt Mullican (born 1951) rose to prominence as a member of the “Pictures Generation,” a group of young artists coming of age in the early 1970s in the United States. Since then, he has created a body of work that focuses on systems of knowledge, meaning, language, and archetypal symbols. He works with the relationship between perception and reality, between the ability to see something and the ability to represent it. The exhibition features selected works from an untitled portfolio of ten screenprints and 64 etchings based on twenty years of notebooks.
Julius John Lankes (American, 1884-1960) was an illustrator, woodcut artist, author, and professor. The exhibition is drawn from the collection of the University of Richmond Museums’ Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center, as well as from the estate of the artist and private collections. Lankes is best known through his legacy of illustrations in books, periodicals, bookplates, and greeting cards. He achieved national recognition for his masterful woodcut prints and his depictions of landscapes, natural objects, and buildings.
Stephen Addiss, Tucker-Boatwright Professor Humanities: Art, Emeritus, University of Richmond, has been studying and practicing East Asian-style ink painting and calligraphy for more than forty years. He believes in the Asian concept of the scholar-artist, and his works have been exhibited in a number of countries including England, Germany, France, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, and China. In the last two decades he has also become a potter, and his wood-fired ceramics are included in the exhibition.
Presented in conjunction with the University of Richmond’s Sophomore Scholars in Residence program, the exhibition showcases Russian and French artwork from the collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The exhibition allows the viewer to examine many elements that provide evidence of the narratives of art history in both countries and the pressures that led artists to make different aesthetic choices in their work. Highlights include paintings and drawings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (French, 1841-1919), Berthe Morisot (French, 1841-1895), Ilya Repin (Russian, 1844-1930), and Sergei Soudeikine (Russian, 1882-1946)
Evolving from English roots to designs originating in America, the term “Rockingham” describes a dark brown glaze created by potters in Yorkshire, England, working at the estate of the Marquis of Rockingham. American potters who immigrated from England in the early 1800s, adapted the glaze and its application techniques to the tastes of the new market, where it quickly became one of the most popular wares of the mid-nineteenth century. The installation features both utilitarian and decorative ceramics which highlight the range of variety in styles, glazes, and materials found in Rockingham ware.
This new installation features a selection of objects from the museum’s permanent collection, including woodcarvings, jewelry, and bronze statues from Nepal, India, and Tibet. The exhibition highlights the major art forms of the region, and provides an introduction to the religions and culture of the area. It includes examples of traditional craftsmanship used to produce objects for worship in Buddhism and Hinduism, for everyday use, and for trade and tourists.
This exhibition focuses on Soviet Jewish immigrants who left behind family, friends, language, and professional identity to create a new life in Richmond, Virginia, during the late 1980s and 1990s. The history and stories of this multigenerational community inform the exhibition, which is based interviews conducted for an upcoming student-produced documentary supported by Jewish Family Services, the Richmond Jewish Foundation, and University of Richmond Hillel.
The textiles of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) represent the culmination of more than two thousand years of Imperial rule dictating the styles of dress not only for the Royal family and the tens of thousands of people living and working in the Forbidden City but also for everyone involved in China’s vast civil bureaucracy and military and their families spread throughout the country. The exhibition, selected from the Franklin B. Propert Collection, includes examples of most of the techniques used to produce these remarkable textiles, and explains many of the symbols employed including those used to denote the wearers’ rank and position in Chinese society.
Highlighting specimens from the museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition presents an introduction to geology as it relates to the state of Virginia. The exhibition explores the varied geological areas of the state and discusses the processes that shape the land. Special focus is placed on the history and future use of Virginia’s mineral and energy resources and how these resources impact the state’s economy and environment.
The exhibition, shared with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, features drawings, prints, posters, and books by the Anglo-American artist Clare Leighton (1898-1998) drawn entirely from The Evelyn Lloyd Phaup Collection, lent by the Hudson Family. Leighton is acclaimed for her role in the Arts and Crafts revival of British wood engraving. Her commissioned book illustrations set a new standard in commercially produced literature, while her own writings revived interest in mid-century rural culture. Highlights of the exhibition include Leighton’s early drawings and watercolors, posters for the London Underground, and wood engravings for novels by Emily Brontë, Thomas Hardy, and Thornton Wilder as well as volumes on English husbandry, and Southern and New England country life.
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art
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Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center
Sunday through Friday, 1 to 3 p.m.
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Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature
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- Thanksgiving Week (November 23rd - December 1st)
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