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Artists are invited to our community art show on Saturday, May 16, 2015. See "read more" for registration. Enjoy a wonderful day on the grounds of the museum's Sutherlin mansion with live jazz, quality wine tasting, and good food. Please note the reduced tent fee for donations to our silent auction.
Fritz Janschka was one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism. Born in Austria, he studied at the Akademie für Bildende Kunst. In 1949 at the age of 30, he accepted fellowship at Bryn Mawr College and remained in Pennsylvania. His work is in the collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Fort Worth Art Museum, and museums in Zurich and Vienna. Recent works relate to James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake. Today, Mr. Janschka divides his studio work between Danville and Greensboro. Image shown: The Outer Earwicker
As part of the Museum’s commemoration of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, the Schoolfield Gallery will feature Civil War Redux by Richmond photographer Willie Anne Wright. Beginning in 1987, when she chanced upon a re-enactment in Richmond, Wright spent the next twelve years, and again in 2003, following the troops. She photographed on film with a 4 x 5” pinhole camera re-enactments on or near original Civil War sites.
Using pinhole (lensless) photography, Wright is able to recreate the slow imaging processes of the photographers of the mid- 19th century. Wright says. “My subjects, as theirs, did not include battle action. I concentrated on camp scenes, impressions of players of the period -- both famous and little known, medical and death related images, and portrayals of widows. Included are men and women -- Caucasian and African- American, Yankees and Rebels. While recording the activities of the historically accurate re-enactors, sometimes an inevitable anachronism slips in.” The exhibition is on loan from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 1:00 PM
Line the re-created route from the Richmond-Danville Railroad to the Sutherlin Mansion as we recreate the Confederate President’s carriage procession, with cavalry. Join civilian and military re-enactors as we hear President Davis read his Last Proclamation from the steps of the “Last Capitol of the Confederacy,” where it was written 150 years ago. This is part of the museum’s History on the Lawn event. Encamped re-enactors will provide demonstrations.
Museum free admission. National cemetery tours available by reservation.