June 10, 2023

VMFA Traveling Exhibit Opens at UMW Gallery Next Week

Next week, a traveling exhibit from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will make a stop at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. The exhibit, “Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts,” opens Friday, October 21 and runs through Friday, December 2.

Obj. No. 83.26 Vincent Willem Van Gogh (Dutch, 1853-1890) The Wheat Field behind St. Paul's Hospital, St. Rémy, 1889 Oil on canvas 9½H x 13¼W 24.1 cm x 33.7 cm, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon. Photo: Katherine Wetzel © Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

“Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler” is a traveling exhibition organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts with support from Altria Group in celebration of 75 years of sharing art statewide. Two highlights of the exhibition are landscapes by Vincent van Gogh and Eugène Boudin. The exhibition also includes works of American art by Jasper Francis Cropsey, Robert Henri and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 20th-century paintings by Ernst Kirchner and Roy Lichtenstein and a print by Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige.

The opening reception for “Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler” will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Ridderhof Martin Gallery. Cliff Edwards, professor of philosophy and religious studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present the lecture “Mysteries of ‘The Night Café’: Hidden Key to the Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh” at the gallery on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. On Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m., Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will present the lecture “Jasper Francis Cropsey: The Hudson River School and a True American Landscape.” Both lectures are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required.

Both Ridderhof Martin Gallery and duPont Gallery are located on College Avenue on the Fredericksburg campus and are open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. The galleries are closed during university holidays and breaks. Free parking for gallery visitors is designated in the lot on College Avenue at Thornton Street. For directions and more information, call (540) 654-1013 or visit http://galleries.umw.edu.

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.