Exhibition Archives

23 April 2015 - 7 June 2015

The Land of No Things: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2015

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.

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23 January 2015 - 5 April 2015

Genius and Grace: François Boucher and the Generation of 1700

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.

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2 January 2015 - 8 March 2015


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).

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3 December 2014 - 31 January 2016

Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Collection of Carol and Jeffrey Horvitz

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.

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19 September 2014 - 4 January 2015

PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting

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.

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20 June 2014 - 31 August 2014

Contemplating East Asia: Mark Tobey and Sam Francis

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.

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25 April 2014 - 1 June 2014

Parts of the Sum: MFA 2014

Parts of the Sum: MFA 2014 examines dynamics between individual items and the notion of a “whole” by exhibiting works that divide, reduce, combine, or collide material elements. Rather than neatly coming together like a puzzle that forms one definite image, the works on view highlight the myriad ways in which fractional parts can interact […]

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7 February 2014 - 11 May 2014

Adding to the Mix 7: Andy Warhol’s “Susumu Ikuta” (ca. 1960)

A recent gift to the Ackland is a charming portrait sketch by Andy Warhol. The work enriches the Museum’s holdings of Warhol prints and photographs, and is a welcome addition to our extensive collection of drawings. Adding to the Mix 7 presents this portrait in the context of works by artists who influenced Warhol’s early […]

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31 January 2014 - 13 April 2014

“The New Found Land”: Engravings by Theodor de Bry from the Collection of Michael N. Joyner

This exhibition highlights prints made by the Franco-Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) to illustrate the 1590 edition of A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia by Thomas Harriot. De Bry’s images and Harriot’s text offered Europeans a detailed account of the appearance and customs of Native Americans encountered by […]

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