FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 12, 2005

Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos headlines Fleming Museum's spring exhibitions
DECEMBER 12, 2005

Burlington, VT- This spring, the galleries of the Robert Hull Fleming Museum will play host to two outstanding exhibitions featuring a fascinating and uncommon exploration of the darker side of the human condition.

An exceptional display of Francisco Goya's celebrated Los Caprichos (1799) will headline the offerings. Featuring the complete set of 80 black and white prints, Los Caprichos is a masterpiece of both artistic expression and social commentary by one of the greatest artists of the late 18th century. An illustrated discourse on the corruption and degeneracy of Goya's time, Goya's Los Caprichos is at once an arresting and thought-provoking experience, filled with pathos, humor and criticism. The museum will host a grand opening celebration on February 16 with the show continuing through May 14.

Opening at the same time will be The Inferno of Dante by Michael Mazur, a contemporary interpretation of the images that greeted Dante Alighieri during his unforgettable tour through the depths of hell. The 41 black and white prints, originally commissioned to illustrate American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky's recent translation of Dante's 14th century Italian classic, reflect a haunting but ultimately redeeming journey. The Inferno of Dante by Michael Mazur will close at the same time as the Goya exhibition on, May 14.

A respite from the visual intensity of our print exhibitions, the Museum's Wilbur Room will house a collection of Artists' Books, books that are created and fabricated by artists. On loan from the University of Vermont's Special Collections, the books demonstrate the extraordinary range of creativity brought to the book format. The show opens January 17 and runs through the end of semester, closing June 4. Two rotations of artists' books will be on display during this exhibition: the first running through March 19th and the second beginning on March 21st.

Throughout the winter and spring, the museum will compliment the three large exhibitions with a continuing line-up of programming that explores these historical and contemporary works of art from a rich mix of social, historical, literary, and artistic perspectives. Among the many scheduled events is a poetry reading of Dante's Inferno by American Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and a screening of Giuseppe de Liguoro's 1911 film, L'Inferno, the first full length Italian film made and featuring a special effect laden journey through Dante's poem.

These three exhibitions and their related programming mark the first of a year long series of exciting events organized to celebrate the Fleming's 75th anniversary as Vermont's leading museum of art and culture.

Notes: The exhibition Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos is organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. The Inferno of Dante by Michael Mazur is circulated by Curatorial Assistance, Los Angeles, CA. Connell Gallagher, director of special collections at the University of Vermont's Bailey/Howe library is curator of Artists' Books; Selections from UVM's Special Collections.

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Francisco de Goya (1746-1828), The Sleep of Reason Produces Monsters, (Plate 43 of Los Caprichos, 1797-1799.
Etching and aquatint.
Courtesy of Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA. (16.4MB)

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Michael Mazur (b.1935), Canto IV: Limbo, 1996.
Etching and aquatint.
Courtesy Curatorial Assistance, Los Angeles, CA. (7MB)

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Image Info: Altar Book for Gorecki, 1996. Robin Price, Publisher
Wood boards hinged with vellum.
Courtesy UVM Special Collections, Bailey/Howe Library, UVM. (2.7MB)


Francisco Goya: Los Caprichos
DATES: Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, May 14

The Inferno of Dante by Michael Mazur
DATES: Thursday, February 16 through Sunday, May 14

Artists' Books: Selections from UVM's Special Collections
DATES: Tuesday, January 17 through Sunday, June 4

$5 adults. $10 family, $3 students and seniors. Free to: Museum members; faculty, staff and students of UVM, Burlington College, Champlain College, Community College of Vermont, and St. Michael's College; Children 6 and under.