RICHMOND, VA.- The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has announced a lineup of exhibitions that will begin when the museum opens its new $150-million James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin Wing May 1, 2010.
"American Art from the McGlothlin Collection"
May 1, 2010-July 18, 2010
This exhibition of more than 70 paintings, works on paper and sculptures - dating from the antebellum to the modern periods - is drawn from one of the finest private collections of historical American art in the country. Featured artists include George Bellows, Mary Cassatt, William Merrit Chase, Childe Hassam, Martin Johnson Heade, Robert Henri, Winslow Homer, George Luks, William Rimmer, John Singer Sargent and James McNeill Whistler.
"American Art from the McGlothlin Collection" celebrates the opening of VMFA's $150-million expansion and pays tribute to donors James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin. All works in the exhibition are promised gifts to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
"German Expressionist Art from the Fischer Collection"
May 1, 2010-July 18, 2010
The Fischer Collection - one of the most important private holdings of German Expressionist art - was acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 2009. It includes works by such major figures as Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Emil Nolde, Wassily Kandinsky, Max Pechstein, Conrad Felixmüller, Otto Müller and Lyonel Feininger. Selected highlights of the collection will be displayed during the opening of the museum's McGlothlin Wing.
"Matisse, Picasso and Modern Art in Paris"
May 1, 2010-July 25, 2010
The exhibition marks the first time in five decades that selections from a significant Virginia art collection are reunited.
The collector was T. Catesby Jones (1880-1946), who descended from a prominent Tidewater family and grew up in Petersburg. He built a successful career as a maritime lawyer in New York City. He was also a discerning collector of early 20th-century painting, sculpture and works on paper. Jones, who was a VMFA trustee, bequeathed the bulk of his collection to the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the University of Virginia.
The works have not been seen together since the late 1940s. Jones acquired most of his collection between 1924 and 1939. He purchased works from the best known figures of the era - Matisse, Picasso, Braque, Masson and Lipchitz - as well as works by artists who are less widely known today, including Marcel Gromaire, André Lhote and Jean Lurçat. Jones began donating works to VMFA in 1941, and, with his final bequest of paintings, sculptures and drawings six years later, VMFA moved to the forefront of American museums with collections of contemporary European work.
Jones left the majority of his prints to the University of Virginia. Among the exhibition's 51 works will be Picasso's "Woman with Kerchief" (1906), Matisse's two portraits of "Lorette" (both 1917), a Cubist collage by Juan Gris, and a three-part folding screen by Lurçat. The exhibition was on view at three other Virginia venues during VMFA's expansion construction.
"Tiffany: Color and Light”
May 29, 2010–August 15, 2010
One of the most significant exhibitions ever mounted of works by the master of American glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), will have its sole U.S. showing in Richmond. “Tiffany: Color and Light” will celebrate the work of the renowned designer who achieved original and spectacular effects in hand-blown glass vessels, leaded-glass windows and lamps. The exhibition’s approximately 170 works will include blown-glass vessels; lamps; decorative objects such as mosaics, bronzes and works in glass; jewelry; leaded-glass windows; paintings; watercolors; architectural elements; furniture; and silver. Four of the windows, created for the Erskine and American United Church in Montreal, have never before been shown in the United States. Sections of the exhibition will focus on Tiffany interiors, his work in what he termed “favrile” (meaning handcrafted) glass, and his firm’s later expansion into lamps and decorative objects at the turn of the century. Tiffany, the son of the co-founder of New York’s Tiffany and Company, a prosperous jewelry and stationery store, spent virtually all of his career in that city.
July 17, 2010-February 27, 2011
The first temporary exhibition in the new E. Claiborne and Lora Robins Sculpture Garden will feature colossal sculpture by master ceramicist Jun Kaneko (born 1942).
Kaneko is an internationally renowned Japanese-American artist based in Omaha, Neb. He is designing an installation that will include one of his monumental heads - 8.5 feet tall and weighing three tons - reminiscent of figures found on Easter Island, and at least 8 of his dangos, which are slender, 9-foot-tall, totem-like forms.
Kaneko's works have been chosen for the inaugural exhibition in the garden for their sensational physical presence and stunning beauty. They also make fascinating connections to the history of monumental public sculpture, to ancient Shinto concepts, to traditional ceramic techniques, and to industrial manufacturing processes.
Kaneko was born in Nagoya, Japan, and came to the United States in 1963 to study painting at the Chouinard Institute of Art in Los Angeles, where he became interested in sculptural ceramics. Kaneko has taught at some of the nation's leading art schools and his work appears in numerous international solo and group exhibitions annually. Kaneko sculptures are included in more than 70 museum collections, and he has realized more than 30 public art commissions in the United States and Japan.
"Darkroom: Photography and new Media in South Africa Since 1950"
August 21, 2010-October 31, 2010
The exhibition features the work of 18 South African photographers and video artists from four generations - those who primarily lived and worked in South Africa during the apartheid era (1948-1994), as well as younger figures who have gained international prominence since apartheid's end. The artists include native South Africans and long-term South African residents from Germany, the United States and England. The exhibition is supported in part by a research grant from the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation and grants from the Andy Warhol Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.
"American Quilts: Selections from the Winterthur Collection"
October 9, 2010-January 2, 2011
"American Quilts" features approximately 50 singular objects from the acclaimed collection of the Winterthur Museum in Winterthur, Del. Dating from the 1700s to 1850, these quilts were selected for their significance as art works and for their resonance as historical artifacts. Winterthur's quilt collection - one of the museum's least-known treasures - has never before been showcased in an exhibition that foregrounds their artistic and historical significance in early American culture.
In addition to delineating the quilts' aesthetic qualities, the exhibition explores the lives of their makers, as well as the political, economic and technological developments that shaped production of the quilts. "America Quilts" includes several rare prototypes of bedcoverings that were imported to this country as luxury goods from Europe and East India. These objects trace the roots of quilt making in America.
December 11, 2010-March 7, 2011
Focusing on the theme of the body, the exhibition emphasizes Virginia artist Sally Mann's new photography while selectively incorporating earlier images. Mann's most recent work represents an intriguing new direction, tackling expansive themes of mortality and vulnerability, while for the first time using herself and her husband as subjects. In addition, she has taken her bold experiments in photography to new heights, pushing the medium to its limits by making painterly and nearly abstract images, many as unique pieces on glass plates. Together, the exhibition and its accompanying publication will present a fresh perspective on the works of one of today's preeminent photographers. It also promises to extend the artist's visibility well beyond the realm of her chosen medium.
"First Hand: Civil War Drawings from the Becker Collection"
December 11, 2010-March 28, 2011
The privately held Becker Collection, now digitally archived at Boston College, contains approximately 650 previously unexhibited drawings by mid-19th-century American artist-reporters Joseph Becker and colleagues.
On assignment for Frank Leslie's Illustrated Weekly, the era's leading illustrated periodical, these so-called Special Artists of the Civil War produced "first-hand" drawings that were sent to New York for translation into printed engravings. The sketches, many of which were never published, document in lively and specific ways compelling scenes on the battlefield and in camp. Many are set in Virginia. Unlike the period's laborious photography and other reproductive imagery, the Leslie artists' eyewitness impressions reveal fresh aspects of America's divisive trial. VMFA's exhibition of some 60 drawings, presented in collaboration with the University of Richmond Museums, coincides with the country's Civil War Sesquicentennial.