Full House at Museum’s ‘Final Friday’ Event

A record crowd of more than 630 braved the cold and flocked to the U.Va. Art Museum on Friday night to attend the museum’s monthly “Final Friday” reception. The event, sponsored by the Fourth-Year Trustees, celebrated the opening of the “Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris: The T. Catesby Jones Collections at the VMFA and the U.Va. Art Museum.” Students waited in line, some for an hour, for their chance to enjoy the reception and view the special exhibition.

“Matisse and Picasso at U.Va.? We couldn’t miss that,” one student was overheard saying.

Fourth-Year Trustee Rae Sullivan attributes part of the overwhelming student response to the “grassroots type of promotion” that the trustees utilize, publicizing heavily through e-mail and word of mouth.

The semester’s remaining Final Friday receptions are set for Feb. 27 and March 27.

“Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris” is on view at the U.Va. Art Museum through April 24 during the museum’s public hours, Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For  information on special exhibitions and museum events, visit www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.

Students line up outside the U.Va. Art Museum on Friday.

One Comment on “Full House at Museum’s ‘Final Friday’ Event

  1. In the late 80’s this picture would have been a line of students waiting to get into a fraternity party – it’s fantastic to see a line of students actually waiting to get into the University Art Museum!!!! Just think what a new UVA Art Museum could do for our beloved cultural institution!!!!

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