June 27, 2022

Jeffrey Allison to Present Gallery Lecture on Jasper Francis Cropsey

Join the UMW Galleries for “Jasper Francis Cropsey: The Hudson River School and a True American Landscape,” presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Jasper Francis Cropsey, Autumn in the Warwick Valley, 1883, oil on canvas, 12⅝” x 22 5/16”. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Permanent Collection, Gift of Mrs. J.H. Symington. ©2011 Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

The lecture will be held on Sunday, November 13 at 2 p.m. inside Combs Hall, Room 139. Admission is free. However, pre-registration is required to ensure proper seating.

Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will explore the Hudson River School, which represents the first native school of American Art. Dating from the 1820s, it was a loosely organized group of painters who took as their subject the unique naturalness of the American continent, starting with the Hudson River region in New York, but eventually extending in time and space all the way to California and the 1870s. Jasper Francis Cropsey, a first–generation member of the Hudson River School, died in anonymity but was rediscovered by galleries and collectors in the 1960s and remembered as the American painter of Autumn.

Please call the Galleries at (540) 654-1013 or e-mail Justine Geiger, Visitor Services Coordinator, at jgeiger@umw.edu to reserve your seats.

This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and, is funded, in part, by the Jean Stafford Camp Memorial Fund.

Dr. Cliff Edwards to Present Lecture on Vincent van Gogh

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. 9½” H x 13¼” W (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

Join the UMW Galleries for “Mysteries of The Night Café: Hidden Key to the Spirituality of Vincent Van Gogh,” presented in conjunction with the traveling exhibition Van Gogh, Lichtenstein, Whistler: Masterpieces of World Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The lecture will be held on Sunday, October 30 at 2 p.m. inside Combs Hall, Room 139. Admission is free. However, pre-registration is required to ensure proper seating.

Dr. Cliff Edwards, professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University, explores the spirituality of one of the world’s most beloved artists, Vincent Van Gogh, through one of Western art’s most mysterious paintings, The Night Café. Enter the imagination of Van Gogh through the books he read, the art he admired, and the people with whom he identified, and arrive at startling conclusions that include a new and deeply spiritual understanding of a café after midnight and the “night prowlers” who inhabit it.

Please call the Galleries at (540) 654-1013 or e-mail Justine Geiger, Visitor Services Coordinator, at jgeiger@umw.edu to reserve your seats.

This program has been organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is supported by the Paul Mellon Endowment.

“Sights of Struggle: Race, Art, Pedagogy” Lecture Tonight

Leigh Raiford, associate professor of African American studies at the University of California, Berkeley, will present the lecture “Sights of Struggle: Race, Art, Pedagogy” tonight. The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. in Lee Hall, Room 411 and is free and open to the public.

Raiford is the author of “Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle” (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and co-editor with Renee Romano of “The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory” (University of Georgia Press, 2006).

The lecture is part of the “James Farmer and the Struggle for Civil Rights” freshman seminar course and is sponsored by the James Farmer Lecturer and Postdoctoral Committee.

For more information, contact Jess Rigelhaupt at (540) 654-1480.

Dr. Robert Hobbs to Present Lecture at UMW Galleries

The UMW Galleries are pleased to host Dr. Robert Hobbs, renowned late modern and post-modern art historian, for “The Contemporary Sublime,” the first of the Galleries’ Fall 2011 Lecture Series. The lecture, presented in conjunction with the Ridderhof Martin Gallery’s current exhibition Art & Nature: Reflections on the Sublime, will be held on Sunday, September 18, 2011 from 2 – 3 PM in the Ridderhof Martin Gallery.

Dr. Robert Hobbs has held the Rhoda Thalhimer Endowed Chair at Virginia Commonwealth University since 1991 and has been a visiting professor at Yale University since 2004. He has been published widely and has curated dozens of exhibitions, many of which have been shown at important institutions in the U.S. and abroad. For more on Dr. Hobbs’ extensive credentials, visit his website at roberthobbs.net.

“The Contemporary Sublime,” as well as the Galleries’ other lectures in the series, are free and open to the public. However, pre-registration is required to ensure sufficient seating. Please download the registration form from the Galleries’ website or contact Justine Geiger, Visitor Services Coordinator, at jgeiger@umw.edu or (540) 654-1710 to reserve seats.