As part of the community-wide celebration of the centennial of Carr’s Hill, the President’s residence at the University of Virginia, the U.Va. Art Museum will present Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece, from September 12, 2009 to January 3, 2010.
A reprise of the groundbreaking exhibition first staged at the Museum in 1993, Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village will present Jefferson’s original drawings and plans, and letters that Jefferson exchanged with his colleagues as the plan for his iconic Academical Village took shape. The exhibition will feature, as well, a selection of paintings, drawings, and sculpture that portray Jefferson and the men who helped him give concrete form to his grand vision.
Since the original exhibition, its curator, architectural historian and University professor Richard Guy Wilson, has continued his unique research, uncovering new information that paints an even richer and more nuanced picture of the University’s earliest development and the people involved in its construction.
Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village and its associated programs promise to present exciting opportunities to reassess Jefferson’s architectural accomplishments and to examine those from fresh perspectives. There will be two exhibitions in 2009-2010 that will examine the University’s architectural heritage. The other, at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, explores the architecture program of McKim, Meade, and White at the University. The Academical Village will also be the focus of the Museum’s annual Writers’ Eye program and, in conjunction with the University’s Architecture School, the Museum will hold a two-day symposium featuring speakers on Jefferson and the arts.