The mural studies presented in Beyond Walls offer a glimpse into the logic and concerns of artists such as Charles Alston, James Henry Daugherty, and Ben Shahn.
This special installation in the Ackland’s second floor Study Gallery presents 20 prints, paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures from the Ackland’s extensive and growing collection of art by African American artists. The selection addresses pressing debates that have reverberated across campus and the nation this year, focusing on three interrelated themes: representations of racial violence, resilience, and the role of religious faith as both a justification for violence and a source of resistance. Curated by John Bowles.
The Ackland Art Museum is pleased to present Study for Portrait VI (1953) by Francis Bacon, one of the most important British artists of the twentieth century, on loan from the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
The largest presentation of the Ackland’s relatively unknown collection of modern painting and sculpture to date, “Testing Testing” highlights ways in which art made since 1960 tests traditional boundaries of art-making through the use of experimentation, innovation, and skill.
The eleven artists in the UNC-Chapel Hill’s MFA Class of 2015 share a conflicted position about the production of things. They are deeply aware of their role as cultural producers in an era of hyper-production and seemingly infinite commercial availability. If they could make no things, they would. But if they are going to add an object to this world, it will express its own justification for being.
A portable museum of sorts, this so-called “boîte” (box) contains 80 miniature and small-scale reproductions of Marcel Duchamp’s works, ranging from his avant-garde paintings to his provocative “ready-mades.”
Genius and Grace offers a rare opportunity to engage with 80 master drawings by an extraordinary group of eighteenth-century French artists. The brilliant career of François Boucher, the most well-known artist of his generation, is well represented, as are drawings by twenty-eight other accomplished artists of the period.
Resonating with works on view in Genius and Grace, nine drawings from the Ackland’s distinguished and growing collection of eighteenth-century European art have been chosen for this exhibition.
This focused installation presents half a dozen varied works of recently acquired Japanese art, ranging from a thirteenth-century ritual bell to a late 1960s Op-art poster.
The Ackland is delighted to host this special presentation of three powerful paintings by Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) from the distinguished collection of Julian H. Robertson Jr. (B.A. ’55).
Working with Boston-based collectors Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz, the Ackland is presenting changing installations selected from their comprehensive holdings of recent and contemporary Japanese ceramics. Among the most innovative and experimental practitioners of contemporary Japanese art, these ceramicists have explored the wide and fascinating range of expressive possibilities offered by clay and glazes.
The Ackland Art Museum houses a broad and deep collection of photographs, covering the history of the medium as an art form from its beginnings in the early nineteenth century to the present. PhotoVision draws from and reflects on an impressive record of recent gifts and purchases, selecting approximately 150 photographs from the 500 acquired in the last ten years.
This exhibition focuses on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of a nineteenth-century spirit photograph by William Mumler, the foremost American practitioner of commercial spirit photography. This spirit photograph is the first of its kind in the Ackland collection.
An Eye for the Unexpected brings together a selection of 130 prints, drawings, and paintings from a larger gift received by the Ackland from collector and philanthropist Joseph F. McCrindle.
This exhibition focuses on how two American artists participated in networks of influence and exchange at the beginning of the Cold War. Sharing in a new internationalism that emerged within circles of Abstract Expressionists, Mark Tobey and Sam Francis each maintained an enduring engagement with East Asia through reading, writing, and travel.