Is radio a visual medium? Henry Skerritt, Margo Smith and Matthew McLendon say "Yes!" Every week these Charlottesville-based curators take us on a quick audio tour of one of the works in their museum. Henry Skerritt is the Curator of the Indigenous Arts of Australia at the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum and Margo Smith is the Director. Matthew McLendon is the Director and Chief Curator at the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia.
Yellow Rushes Fish Basket by Jenni Kemarre Martiniello
Freshwater Saltwater Weave is a series of glass works by contemporary urban-based Arrernte artist Jenni Kemarre Martiniello. Her works in hot blown glass, coldworked glass and canes are inspired by the aesthetics of Aboriginal woven forms. The works in this exhibition span the last five years and are inspired by dilly bags, eel traps, fish traps, fish baskets, and bicornual baskets.
Jenni Kemarre Martiniello.
Yellow Rushes Fish Basket #2, 2017.
Hot blown and cold worked glass with Canes.
Purchased with funds provided by Maria T. Kluge, 2019.
Shakyamuni in Bronze from the Xuande Period
Do you need a little tranquility and peace in your life? Join Matthew McLendon as he looks at a beautiful bronze in The Fralin Museum of Art’s collection depicting Shakyamuni, the historical Buddha. Though only 11 inches tall, this work from Ming Dynasty China is exquisitely detailed with a psychological force well beyond its size.
Xuande Period 1426 - 1435
11 x 7 1/4 x 5 in. (27.9 x 18.4 x 12.7 cm)
Bequest of Frank Haden Vines 1976.31.6
The Natural Bridge by Frederic Edwin Church
Perhaps the most famous and well-traveled painting in the museum’s collection, The Natural Bridge by Frederic Edwin Church, is for any Virginian an immediately recognizable scene. Church painted this picture in 1852 based on sketches he made on a trip to Natural Bridge the previous summer with friends Cyrus and Mary Field. Church took precise notes on his sketches of the geological formations as well as the surrounding flora and there is an oft repeated anecdote that Cyrus Field kept a rock fragment from the trip and compared it to the painting for accuracy.
Frederic Edwin Church
The Natural Bridge, 1852
Oil on canvas
38 x 33 in
Gift of Thomas Fortune Ryan, 1912.1
Venus and Adonis by Angelica Kauffmann
Angelica Kauffmann (Swiss, 1741-1807) was famed throughout England and Europe as a portraitist and painter of Neoclassical scenes. She came to notice in her teens, having traveled and trained with her father, the painter Johann Joseph Kauffman. After moving from Rome to London, she was one of only two women who were founding members of the Royal Academy. In Venus and Adonis, 1786, Kauffmann portrays a moment of quiet intimacy between the goddess and the youth. The tragedy of the story has yet to unfold and seems unimaginable in such an idyllic setting.
Venus and Adonis, 1786
Oil on canvas, 50 ¼ x 36 7/8 inches
Museum Purchase with Membership Acquisition Fund, 1976.25
Jack Kelly's Rockhole by Queenie McKenzie
Queenie McKenzie, "Jack Kelly's Rockhole" 1997. Natural pigments on canvas, 90 x 120 cm. Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. Gift of Richard Klingler and Jane Slatter, 2019.
Dancing by Marcel Vertès
Marcel Vertès (1895-1961) moved to Paris during World War I. While living in the Latin Quarter, he distinguished himself as a printmaker, illustrator, and painter, depicting the café culture that surrounded him. Following World War II, he immigrated to the United States where he worked on the 1952 Hollywood film Moulin Rouge, winning two Oscars for best art direction and best costume design. His murals, which he finished before returning to Paris, can still be viewed in the famed Café Carlyle in New York City.
b. Hungary, 1895-1961, active in France
Untitled 4 from the portfolio Dancing, ca. 1920s
Color lithograph on wove paper
15 x 22-1/8 in. (38.1 x 56.2 cm)
Bequest of Buzz Miller. The Alan Groh-Buzz Miller Collection 1999.12.107.e