University of Virginia Art Museum Launches Blog for Special Exhibition 'Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art'

February 22, 2008

February 25, 2008 — In conjunction with the University of Virginia Art Museum's special exhibition, "Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art," the museum has launched an exhibition blog ( Visitors are invited to "think out loud" and join in the discussion about the exhibition, which is on view through April 20.

This groundbreaking exhibition offers a comprehensive, interdisciplinary examination of plantation images in the American South. It features more than 75 paintings, works on paper, photographs, mixed media and installation works. Through the eyes of a range of artists such as Winslow Homer, Carrie Mae Weems, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Edwin Harleston, Kara Walker and Romare Bearden, "Landscape of Slavery" examines depictions of plantations, plantation views and related slave imagery in the context of the history of landscape painting in America.

The exhibition is organized by Angela D. Mack, deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, S.C., and guest curator Maurie D. McInnis, director of American studies and associate professor of art history at the University of Virginia.  

Currently postings from the exhibition's curators are featured on the blog, including comments from Mack ("Exhibition Purpose") and McInnis ("What does the 'plantation' mean today?").  Throughout the duration of the exhibition, additional postings by writers from the exhibition's catalog and other scholars will contribute. The blog commentary can be browsed and sorted in the following topics:  architecture, art, cultural landscape, curators' comments, plantation and race relations.

A computer station is set up in the museum for visitors to access the blog.

Following its premiere in Charlottesville, the exhibition travels to the Gibbes Museum of Art, where it will be exhibited May 9 through Aug. 3, and the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Ga., where it will be on view Aug. 23 through Oct. 19.

The University of Virginia Art Museum is open Tuedays through Sundays, from 1 to 5 p.m.

For information, call (434) 924-3592 or visit the museum Web site at