Victorious Secret--Art installation by Angela Lorenz, Final Fridays Reception, August 26, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM

Friday, August 26, 2016
Victorious Secret

Final Fridays Reception, August 26, 2016 5:30-7:30 PM

Women Athletes as Family Status Symbol: Goals for Daughters in the Roman Empire


The women athletes from 300 AD depicted in mosaic on the floor of a Roman villa in Piazza Armerina, Sicily, are competing in, and receiving prizes for, the Pentathlon. Since they were discovered in the 1950's, these daughters of the elite have been simply referred to “the bikini girls” and their athletic equipment has often been interpreted as musical instruments. Instead, the mosaics of athletes in bikinis are part of a wider iconographic theme in the villa representing prestigious activities for important Roman families. Visual Artist Angela Lorenz worked with the findings of Italian archeologist Isabella Baldini Lippolis to raise awareness of ancient goals for women in sports 2000 years ago. Lorenz recreated the mosaics with vintage buttons and hairpins, as these Roman athletes are famous for what they are wearing, not what they are doing. Ancient graffiti placed around the figures relating to boyfriends, pregnancies and domestic chores signal the modern, somewhat sleazy misinterpretations of these accomplished athletes and orators. This piece is dedicated to Title IX.


Angela Lorenz is a visual artist based in New England and Bologna, Italy. Her paintings, prints, multiples, artists' books and installations reflect research regarding material culture, history and literature. Each project presents visual knowledge in a conceptual and humorous guise, often with low-tech processes and unusual materials, including soap, chewing gum and spaghetti. Lorenz's works are present in over 100 public collections in the US and abroad, and has been exhibited at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, the Walker Art Center, The Portland Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, the Addison Gallery of American Art and the National Gallery, among others. Lorenz lectures and critiques at universities in the US, UK and Italy, and has been Faculty Artist in Residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica Venezia. UVA is the 9th venue for Victorious Secret, Lorenz's inaugural exhibition in Virginia.

The exhibit will hang in the Architecture School, East Wing Gallery, from 8/24/16-9/26/16. Gallery talks, lectures and other events associated with the installation to be announced.

through September 26, 2016
East Wing Gallery of Campbell Hall, School of Architecture 1st Floor, Entrance down the steps from Bayly Drive