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"Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium"
2000-06-17 until 2000-08-20
Bayly Art Museum
Charlottesville, VA, USA

Featured artists in the exhibition are Ann Hamilton, Michael Mercil, Dennis Oppenheim, Agnes Denes, Martha Jackson-Jarvis, Lucio Pozzi, Rosemarie Fiore, William Bennett, Lydia Csato Gasman, and Daniel Reeves. The work of Hamilton, Mercil, and Oppenheim has been made possible thanks to a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mercil's participation was also made possible with the support of the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia. Denes' Poetry Walk: Reflections - Pools of Thought was funded by the University of Virginia's Arts Board, a student arts programming committee, and Charles Tanenbaum. Bennett's piece received partial support from the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

The special exhibition Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium opens to the public on Saturday, June 17. Curated by Dr. Lyn Bolen Rushton for the Bayly Art Museum of the University of Virginia, the exhibition features site-specific pieces by over twenty artists who have created works in the environment that respond to central Virginia's Jeffersonian heritage. These installations will be on view in numerous locations throughout the Charlottesville area through the summer and into the fall.

Also represented in the exhibition are the artists Susan Bacik, Dove Bradshaw, Susan Crowder, Tim Curtis (supported through the University of Miami), Barbara MacCallum, Megan Marlatt, the Monaca Indian Community and the Living Earth Design Group, Todd Murphy, Beatrix Ost, Lincoln Perry, Jim Welty, and Pete OíShea and Robert Winstead. A complete list of the artists, their work and sites, and the schedule of special events follows.

As we look to the future and remember the past, Thomas Jefferson's influence - his broad knowledge of fields as diverse as law, science, geography, art, literature, and history; his commitment to American independence and democracy; and his problematic position on race relations - has offered numerous avenues for the artists to investigate. According to Jill Hartz, director of the Bayly Art Museum, Works in the exhibition range from explorations of Jefferson's relationship with Sally Hemings to the Lewis and Clark Expedition discoveries, from literary references and democratic ideals to metaphoric connections between the past and the future.

Hindsight/Fore-site was planned as a collaboration among the artists, members of the University community and the general public. Area developers, owners of private estates, directors of galleries and historic sites, students of all ages, city and county planners, and historians have all been involved in the planning, siting, and creation of these pieces. A grant from Philip Morris USA has enabled at-risk elementary and high school students in the area to work with the Millennium artists and their pieces. In addition to the Bayly Art Museum, numerous public and private, urban and rural locations have become hosts to the artists and their work, including the Monticello Visitor Center, Ash-Lawn Highland, Montpelier, the University of Virginia, the Charlottesville Downtown Mall, the Ix building on Ware Street, and Darden Towe Park.

A map with information about the projects and sites will enable visitors to see all the works in the exhibition starting June 17. The artists are also featured in a group exhibition at the Bayly Art Museum, June 30 - August 20. Many of the Hindsight/Fore-site pieces will remain on view through the fall.

In conjunction with the exhibition the Bayly Art Museum will publish a fully illustrated book documenting the exhibition. Featuring essays by Dr. Rushton and John Beardsley, a noted art historian and curator, the book has received generous support from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Joining the sponsors previously mentioned in helping to make this major exhibition possible are the Wachovia Foundation, The Elton Foundation, the Young Friends and Volunteer Board of the Bayly Art Museum, the City of Charlottesville, the McIntire Department of Art at U.Va., Starr Hill Restaurant and Brewery, Woodberry Forest School, Lexus Law Publishing, S. L. Tate, Custom Express Cargo, and numerous individuals.

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