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A Noble Pursuit

Christopher Hartop. Preface by Ellenor Alcorn

In 1997 Rita Gans generously gave the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts an outstanding array of English silver from the collection she and her late husband, Jerome, had amassed over some thirty years. Thanks to the munificent gift in 2010 of more stunning silver collected by her during the past thirteen... More


Mirrors of Memory

James W. White

As society becomes more global, many see the world’s great cities as becoming increasingly similar. But while contemporary cultures do depend on and resemble each other in previously unimagined ways, homogenization is sometimes overestimated. In his compelling new book, James W. White considers how... More


The Food Axis

Elizabeth Cromley

Blending architectural and social history with the necessity—and the passion—for food, this engaging new book attempts to understand the development of the American house by viewing it through one very specific lens: the food axis. Taking in far more than the kitchen, author Elizabeth Collins... More


Carolina Cottage

Margaret Ruth Little

Margaret Ruth Little’s new book is a celebration and a history of one of the most recognizable vernacular house types in the Upper South, the Carolina cottage. The one-and-one-half-story side-gabled cottage—with its most distinctive feature, an integral front porch known as a piazza—offers not only... More


Private Passion, Public Promise

Sylvia Yount. introduction by Alex Nyerges

"We have spent the last decade immersed in the world of American art, never suspecting early on that our desire to learn and appreciate this legacy could result in so meaningful a commitment to Virginia."—James W. McGlothlinPrivate Passion, Public Promise: The James W. and Frances G. McGlothlin... More


American Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Elizabeth O'Leary, Sylvia Yount, Susan J. Rawles, and David Park Curry

With this publication, produced in conjunction with the largest expansion in the history of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, the full scope of the museum’s outstanding American art collection is represented for the first time.Following an introduction tracing the history of American art at this... More


Buildings of Pennsylvania

Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania considers the architecture, landscape, and town plans of thirty-one counties west of Blue Mountain and north to Lake Erie, including cities and communities big and small, from Pittsburgh, Beaver Falls, Johnstown, and Altoona to... More


The Cubans

Jack Beckham Combs. introduction by Julia Sweig

Asked to conjure an image of Cuba, most Americans see a country of elegant, crumbling buildings and old American cars. While it takes less than twenty-five minutes to fly from Miami to Havana, the United States and its island neighbor have been mired in hostility and distrust since the Castro... More


Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village

Richard Guy Wilson

Thomas Jefferson's design for the University of Virginia is widely hailed as a masterpiece. It is his greatest architectural accomplishment, the summation of his quest for intellectual freedom. The story of the University encompasses the political and architectural worlds, as Jeffeson struggled... More


Darkroom

Tosha Grantham

Photography and video are powerful tools for shaping perception and effecting change, as is convincingly portrayed through the images in this catalogue. Featuring the works of sixteen South African photographers and video artists from 1950 to the present, the catalogue was conceived to accompany... More


Urgent Matters

Karen Van Lengen

The dilemma of building contemporary architecture in the context of one of America’s World Heritage landmarks, Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village at the University of Virginia, is the central theme of Urgent Matters. Karen Van Lengen, former dean of the School of Architecture, writes about her... More


Buildings of Delaware

W. Barksdale Maynard

The latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historians' prestigious Buildings of the United States series, Buildings of Delaware is the first book to document the state's architectural history from all periods. Extensively illustrated with photographs and maps, and supplemented by a glossary... More


The Hand and the Soul

Sanda Iliescu, ed.

The essays in The Hand and the Soul explore the question of how ethical ideas guiding the design process--a concern for the environment or for social justice--relate to the beauty of our buildings, cities, and artworks. The book presents a range of viewpoints and does not ignore the perils of an... More


Buildings of Massachusetts

Keith Morgan, Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, and Roger G. Reed

This latest volume in the Society of Architectural Historians’ Buildings of the United States series analyzes the architecture, landscape, and planning patterns of the capital of Massachusetts and forty surrounding cities and towns that fan out from Boston Harbor. The term "metropolitan" here... More


Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris

Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts

A New York lawyer with Virginia roots, T. Catesby Jones acquired an extraordinary collection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures by some sixty artists working in Paris during the early twentieth century. Jones's collection of almost three hundred works, divided between two Virginia... More


Train Time

John R. Stilgoe

Unlike many United States industries, railroads are intrinsically linked to American soil and particular regions. Yet few Americans pay attention to rail lines, even though millions of them live in an economy and culture "waiting for the train." In Train Time: Railroads and the Imminent Reshaping... More


Prodigy Houses of Virginia

Barbara Burlison Mooney

In a list of objectives and inquiries meant to guide and make profitable the European travel of two young Americans in 1788, Thomas Jefferson noted, "Architecture [is] worth great attention. As we double our numbers ever 20 years we must double our houses.... It is then among the most important... More


Rule Britannia!

Virginia Museum Of Fine Arts. Introductory essay by Richard Ormond. Catalogue entries by James Taylor

The British monarchy’s abiding connection to the sea during the age of exploration was a critical factor in the establishment of Britain’s first colonies in the New World. It is unsurprising, then, that, alongside grand portraiture, a strong tradition of maritime painting was established in the... More


A Noble Feast

Christopher Hartop. Preface by Ellenor Alcorn

Celebrating the stunning beauty of English silver crafted over three centuries, A Noble Feast offers unique insight into the developments that took place in eating and drinking habits in Stuart, Hanoverian, and Victorian England. Foreign influences, not only from France, Spain, and Italy but also... More


Building After Katrina

Betsy Roettger, ed.

After the devastation caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the fall of 2005, entire towns, neighborhoods, and ecologies were destroyed. What remains is a complex web of social, economic, environmental, and cultural issues that demand new strategies for inhabiting this land. During the spring... More


The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture

UVA - School of Architecture. Edited by Jayne Riew, Lydia Mattice Brandt, and Karen Van Lengen. With an introduction by Garry Wills

The Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture is one of the most prestigious honors awarded in the discipline of architecture and its related fields, arising from the unique environment afforded by Jefferson’s design for the University of Virginia. Since 1966, the medal has recognized the... More


Buildings of Pittsburgh

Franklin Toker

At the forefront of national and international change, Pittsburgh has long been portrayed as a place for innovative architecture. From its origins as a fort built in 1753 at the urging of a twenty-one-year-old George Washington, through its industrial boom, and into contemporary times, when it has... More


The Last Undiscovered Place

David K. Leff

With warmth and a keen eye for the nuances of history and place, David K. Leff offers this affectionate, insightful portrait of his adopted home of Collinsville, Connecticut, a village that looked perfectly ordinary until he fell prey to its rhythms and charm. The town taught him a new way of... More


Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

John B. Ravenal

Containing 114 reproductions of works ranging from Jackson Pollock’s dynamic 1948 drip painting to Kehinde Wiley’s 2006 hip-hop-meets-Old-Master portrait, Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is a handsome collection that offers art enthusiasts a chance to recall old... More


Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Anne Barriault

Including an updated introduction to VMFA’s history as well as full-color reproductions of art from the permanent collection, this newly designed, revised, and expanded edition of Selections from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts features more 148 highlights selected by the museum’s curators and... More


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