U.Va. Art Museum Opens its Doors to Parents, Families on Family Weekend

October 12, 2007

Oct. 12, 2007 — On Oct. 27, the University of Virginia Art Museum will offer student-guided tours of its exhibits. The tour will provide visitors — parents, families and the public — with an impressive view of the museum's offerings.

"Photography from the Collection," a showcase of the museum’s vast collection of photographs, will be in its second-to-final day, closing Oct. 28. The exhibition samples a broad and powerful range of photography, everything from street photography to Hollywood portraits to landscape photos.

In addition, there will also be two exhibits of drawings and other media. One, "Arshile Gorky: Drawings, the Early Years," features multiple drawings and paintings showcasing Gorky's search for his own artistic style, as he experiments with Analytic Cubism, Synthetic Cubism and Surrealism to understand how to turn an object into an abstract compositional element.

Also in the museum will be "William Christenberry: Site/Possession." The exhibition includes rarely seen drawings by the artist as well as paintings, photographs, constructions, dream buildings and the "Klan Room Tableau."  Numerous works focus on Christenberry’s study of his relationship with Hale County, Ala., Born in Tuscaloosa, the artist frequently visited family members there.  Hale County's connection to the Ku Klux Klan is well-documented, and much of his exhibit reflects his feelings toward the Klan and toward the South as a whole, both positive and negative.

The tours will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, with a reception following the tour in the museum. The museum is open free of charge, and is located at 155 Rugby Road. Parking is available on Bayly Drive, next to the museum.