U.Va. Art Museum 'Battle of Wonders' Literary Contest Culminates with Special Program Jan. 27

January 13, 2011

January 13, 2011 — The "Battle of Wonders" literary contest, which accepted submissions inspired by the University of Virginia Art Museum exhibit "From Classic to Romantic: British Art in an Age of Transition," will conclude with readings from winner's works, a sculpture parade and exhibitions on Jan. 27, from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

A "Battle of Wonders Sculpture Exhibit" will include "Venus, Adonis, and Hogs" by Ed Miller, in the side courtyard of Fayerweather Hall; "Neon Rotunda Capital," by School of Continuing and Professional Studies student Jim Nemer, on the back door plaza of Fayerweather Hall; and "Thomas Hughes/Thomas Jefferson Navigator," by studio art professor William Bennett of the College of Arts & Sciences, on the lawn in front of Fayerweather Hall. The sculptures will be on view Jan. 27 and 28, from 3 to 7 p.m. each day.

A "Battle of Wonders Performance Parade" will commence at Ruffin Hall Courtyard at 3:30 p.m., weave through Central Grounds and end at the museum parking lot just before 5 p.m. It will feature "masks, misfits, Romantics, Classicists, helium and drama," said Bennett, one of the event organizers.

Leading the parade will be "Giant Heads and Hands of Jefferson and Poe" debating Romanticism versus Classicism.

Following in the parade lineup, "Herschel's Telescope," a human-powered machine that connects Earth to the universe, will offer visitors the chance to fly through space and time and witness the beauty and terror of life in 2011, Bennett said.

Weaving in and out of the parade will be the figure of the "Mad Scientist, Erik Viking Matteson," speaking words of passion and terror to his golden lover, the disembodied
"Head of Frankensteina."

Starting at 5:30 p.m., a reception for the literary contest will be held in the museum. It will include readings and performances from the winners, and the prizes will be awarded. In addition, there will be extemporaneous readings and performances by anyone attending who wishes to present an original work or read a work of prose or poetry written by someone else, but reflecting themes of discovery challenging traditions of order, new vistas in politics, science and psychology and the way literature can become a vehicle for new modes of inquiry. Prizes will also be given to these readers or performers.

"The Battle of Wonders Performance Parade" will then resume, leaving the museum parking plaza at 6:30 p.m. and proceeding to the ARTS Lawn in front of Culbreth Theatre to join in the final event of the U.Va. Community Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, a lecture/reading by poet and activist Amiri Baraka, which will take place at 7 p.m. in the theater.

"The Battle of Wonders" is a production of the U.Va. Art Museum and the
College of Arts & Sciences' McIntire Department of Art. For information, contact Stephen Margulies, co-curator of the exhibition, at snm4z@virginia.edu, or Bennett at whb@virginia.edu.

— By Jane Ford

Media Contact

Jane Ford

Senior News Officer U.Va. Media Relations