March 26, 2007 -- The University of Virginia Art Museum will hold its last Final Friday Reception of the semester on March 30. The reception runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with "Expose Yourself: Student Body Art Show" starting at 6 p.m. The event features body art created with nontraditional materials by U.Va. students in response to works in the museum and elsewhere. A Gallery Talk by Stephen Margulies, exhibition curator of "The Art of Martin Hardie," will kick off the evening at 5 p.m.
Four exhibitions are open for viewing during the evening events. The first, "The Art of Martin Hardie: Prints and Drawings from the Collection," explores drawings, etchings and drypoints created by the English artist Martin Hardie (1875-1952). Hardie was a scholar, curator, writer and head of the Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Recognized by critics for his dramatic drypoints, original design and composition, depiction of nature and innovative use of empty space, Hardie was influenced by the English Etching Revival and etchers of the World War I and World War II generations, who strived to create an appreciation for etching in its own right, beyond book illustrations and reproductions of paintings.
The second exhibit, "Collecting Heritage: Native American Art at the Museum," takes a broad look at particular moments in the cultural history of our country’s native peoples. Highlights from the Astor, Rucker and Blair collections, the three main Native American collections owned by the museum, are presented together to describe the artistic production of native peoples in the early 20th century. The exhibition also explores how the various art forms presented continue into present times.
The third exhibit, "Images of Women in African Traditional Art," features faces and figures of women that are universal in the traditional arts of sub-Saharan Africa. Whether they represent spiritual beings or human ancestors, images of women are found everywhere both on ritual objects and items of everyday use. The exhibit was curated by Ben Ray, professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia, and offers a wide-ranging look at the variety of sub-Saharan artistic expressions of the feminine in both naturalistic and strikingly abstract forms.
Also, filmmaker, musician and photographer John Cohen's "Q’eros: The Shape of Survival" will be screened in the museum's new media gallery. The film is part of a series he shot in the Andes of South America exploring the isolated community of Q’eros and focusing on its survival strategies, textiles, rituals and festivals.
Final Friday receptions are free to students and museum members. Students must bring a driver's license or passport identification to verify they are 21 or older. For all others, there is a $3 admission charge.
For information about the museum, call (434) 924-3592 or visit its Web site at www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.