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For the first time since early spring 2020, the University of Richmond Museums presents three new exhibits, all open to the public. The museums reopened to the community in March 2022.

“We are thrilled to welcome the Greater Richmond campus and communities to our spaces, with a slate of exhibits and programs that showcase student scholarship and creativity and the artistic innovators of our time,” said Elizabeth Schlatter, Acting Executive Director. “We will also be welcoming many faculty and students to our exhibits this semester as part of their course work in our continued efforts to advance the University’s educational mission.”

The three new exhibits, which will open to the public next week, include:

  • Duane Michals: the portrait painter
  • So I Am: Portraits from the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center
  • Annual student exhibition

Museums at the University of Richmond are free and open to the public, without an appointment. Opening hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information on directions, exhibitions and programs, visits

Details of the exhibition include:

Duane Michals: The Portraitist is on display at the Harnett Museum of Art, located at the Modlin Center for the Arts, from August 24 through November 18.

The exhibition presents the first comprehensive look at the inventive photographic portraits of one of the medium’s most influential artists. Best known as a pioneer who broke with the established traditions of documentary photography in the 1960s, Michals is widely recognized for his ability to navigate between imposing his style and allowing his models to express themselves, and for the sequences that he assembles to convey personal visual narratives. , often adding handwritten messages and poems to the surface of the photographic print.

Over 125 portraits are included in the exhibit, many of which were recently discovered in a workroom of his brownstone building in New York. Frequently commissioned to create portraits of actors, writers, musicians and others, among the extensive selection in the exhibition are images of artist Andy Warhol with his mother Julia Warhola, musicians Benny Goodman and Branford Marsalis, the original cast of “Saturday Night Live,” and actors Meryl Streep and Tilda Swinton.

Therefore I Am: Portraits from the Joel and Lila Harnett Print Study Center runs in the Modlin Center for the Arts atrium and Booker Hall from August 24 through July 7, 2023.

The exhibition presents a selection of portraits spanning six centuries and examines the different roles that the portrait has played in representing the identity of the sitter. Historically, the portrait has been used by the elite of society to communicate messages of power, prosperity and beauty. With recent advances in technology such as digital cameras and smartphones, portraiture has become ubiquitous in today’s society. The exhibition encourages the viewer to think about how we consume and interact with portraiture in our daily lives, whether scrolling through group photos on social media or taking a selfie.

Highlighted artworks include Andy Warhol’s Reigning Queens (Queen Beatrix), a portrait of Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands which is part of a series of serigraphs featuring four ruling queens of the 1980s. with its bold color blocking and larger than life composition, exemplifies the appeal of celebrity portraiture in a Pop Art style.

The annual student exhibition will be presented from August 24 to September 22 at the Harnett Museum of Art. Selected by the Faculty of Visual Arts, the exhibition features works by visual arts and arts students during the 2021-2022 academic year. About thirty works of art are presented in the exhibition, ranging from mixed media and video to sculpture and printmaking.

Exhibits that remain on view include:

Gee’s Bend Prints: From Quilts to Prints is on view through July 7, 2023 in the Modlin Center booth lobby.

The prints in this exhibit are inspired by the quilts of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. African-American women in this remote community have created hundreds of quilts over more than a century. The quilts have been hailed as “some of the most miraculous works of modern art America has produced,” as noted by New York Times art critic Michael Kimmelman.

Many of the younger quilt generations made prints based on small-scale mock quilts. Working with master printers from Paulson Fontaine Press in Berkeley, California, the artists have used innovative techniques to transfer the quilt design to a print that showcases the strong patterns, textures and compositions of Gee’s Bend quilts. traditional. Artists featured in the exhibit include Louisiana Bendolph, Loretta Pettway, Mary Lee Bendolph, and Essie Bendolph Pettway.

Cabinet of Curiosity Reimagined: Museum Studies Seminar is on view through May 5, 2023 at the Department of Art and Art History.

Cabinets of curiosities, or “wunderkammer”, were the primary mode of displaying collections among European royals and aristocrats from the mid-16th to mid-18th centuries, displaying natural specimens, cultural artefacts and works of art. These cabinets went out of fashion with the advent of scientific classification and the development of museums in the 18th and 19th centuries. In response to the resurgence of the cabinet exhibition format in the modern museum world, this exhibition examines the purpose and power of museums –– their developing methods of collecting and curating over time, the often controversial acquisition of objects and their ability to inspire and influence the public. .

The cabinet presents works of art and natural specimens selected from the collections of the Lora Robins gallery.

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