U.Va. Art Museum's Saturday Tour to Focus on Highlights from the Collection

May 5, 2010 — University of Virginia Art Museum director Bruce Boucher will give a Saturday Special Tour on May 15 at 2 p.m. to discuss pieces in the museum's exhibition, "Highlights from the Collection: From Rodin to Warhol."

Boucher will discuss highlights from the museum's collections of portraiture, urban and pastoral landscapes and photography, as well as abstract art. The tour will begin with the museum's recent sculptural acquisition, the bronze "Pause in the Dance" by Reinhold Begas, and will also include a portrait of Thomas Fortune Ryan by Auguste Rodin, as well as an early portrait study by John Singer Sargent, on loan to the museum.

Boucher's career as an architectural historian, educator and museum curator spans more than 35 years. Before coming to U.Va., Boucher taught art history at University College London for 24 years, and was the curator of European sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago for seven years. Boucher is an expert on the 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, whose work had profound influence on the architecture of Thomas Jefferson.

The museum's Saturday Special Tours by curators and faculty offer informal considerations of works of art in current exhibitions. They are scheduled on the third Saturday of each month and are free and open to the public.

For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail museumoutreach@virginia.edu.

— by Aimee Hunt