January 6, 2011 — Bruce Boucher, director of the University of Virginia Art Museum, will give a tour of the museum's exhibition, "From Classic to Romantic: British Art in an Age of Transition," on Jan. 22, from 2 to 3 p.m.
This exhibition of 18th- and early 19th-century art charts the tumultuous period of the American, French and Industrial revolutions. In his tour, Boucher will concentrate on the major themes behind the exhibition, including the principles of Neoclassicism, the sublime, the emerging role of women in British society, and the importance of Shakespeare and Milton as models for artists in the Romantic era.
Boucher's career as an architectural historian, educator and museum curator spans more than 35 years. Before coming to U.Va., Boucher taught art history at University College London for 24 years, and was the curator of European sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago for seven years.
The U.Va. Art Museum offers its Saturday Special Tours on the third or fourth Saturday of every month. These tours offer the opportunity to join faculty, curators and scholars as they explore a variety of focused topics related to museum collections and exhibitions.
Saturday Special Tours are free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda.