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The Fralin Museum at U.Va. to Host March 18 Lunchtime Talk on Jasper Johns Exhibit

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.

This exhibition comprises selections from one of the richest private collections of Johns’ prints, that of the Jordan D. Schnitzer Family Foundation. Beginning with a rare monoprint from 1954, the exhibition showcases almost 20 years of Johns’ work, including lithographs, lead reliefs, screenprints and prints that use embossing.

In her talk, Farrell will discuss the skillful and poetic way in which Johns has consistently advanced contemporary printmaking, while also expanding the visual vocabulary and technical possibilities of art.

Farrell has been curator of exhibitions and contemporary art at The Fralin Museum of Art since 2011. Her record of scholarship and curatorial experience includes work with the City University of New York, the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. Her book, “Get There and Decide Promptly: The Richard Brown Baker Collection of Postwar Art,” received a National Endowment for the Arts Award and the Sotheby’s Book Prize for a Distinguished Publication on the History of Collecting in America.

The museum’s Lunchtime Talks are usually held on the second Tuesday of each month, from noon to 1 p.m. The lectures offer the opportunity to join curators and faculty as they explore topics related to museum collections and exhibitions.

Lunchtime Talks are free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050 or email The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda.

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