June 3, 2008 — The University of Virginia Art Museum opens two exhibits in June. "William Wylie: Carrara" opens June 3 and runs through July 6 in the media gallery, and "Mutual Attraction: Photographs from the Collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum" will be on view June 10 through Aug. 30.
William Wylie has worked over seven years making photographs and shooting video in the spectacular marble quarries of Carrara, Italy. The exhibit, "William Wylie: Carrara," is a collection of video pieces as meditations on the workers and the work involved in everyday activities in the quarries. To create the videos, Wylie used high-definition video to record the passing of time and the processes involved in moving, cutting and hauling the massive marble blocks. These videos capture the essence of the labor and life of the cavatori (stonecutters) as well as the machines that they use to dismantle the mountains.
"Mutual Attraction: Photographs from the Collection of the University of Virginia Art Museum" features a small grouping selected from a trove of choice photographic images on the theme of attraction and beauty held by the museum. Some of the subjects openly court the photographer's gaze with their own good looks, while others respond to each other or themselves in situations made for viewers, strangers they will never know. Included in the exhibition are works by Richard Avedon, Man Ray, Burk Uzzle and William Wylie.
New York Times photo art critic and author Andy Grundberg will give a gallery talk about "Mutual Attraction" on June 12 at 5 p.m. in the museum. A reception will follow.
The University of Virginia Art Museum is free and open to the public Tuesdays through Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m. Parking is available on Bayly Drive off Rugby Road, or in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street.
For information, call 434-924-3592 or visit the museum Web site at www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.