Landscapes That Respond to Historical or Social Change are Featured in the U.Va. Art Museum Exhibit, "Perfected Landscapes: Views From the Collection"

May 16, 2007 -- The University of Virginia Art Museum will present the exhibit, "Perfected Landscapes: Views from the Collection," beginning May 30 through July 8.

Landscapes described as bucolic, sublime, melancholy and perfect have been created by artists in response to historical or social changes. For example, James Abbott McNeill Whistler created misty seascapes as a means of describing his sense of the industrial age, while Kendall Messick evokes the sense of a community's transition in his photographs of the Tidewater area. This selection of 25 prints, drawings and photographs from the collection explores the landscape's ability to express a period's zeitgeist.

The exhibition was organized by Tanya Paul, the 2006-7 Museum-McIntire Graduate Fellow A doctoral candidate in the McIntire Department of Art, Paul worked in the museum’s curatorial department for the past academic year.

On Sunday, June 3, museum curator of collections and exhibitions Andrea Douglas will give a Gallery Talk at 2 p.m. in the museum.

The U.Va. Art Museum is open free of charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.  A visitors’ parking lot is located on Bayly Drive, off Rugby Road.