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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The 1920s through 1940s were decades of dramatic economic and cultural change in the United States―from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression to the New Deal. The period saw substantial growth in print culture in America, as the government instituted the Works Progress Administration (WPA), aiming to put unemployed Americans back to work. The […]