Exhibition Archives

22 April 2016 - 5 June 2016

Depth Perception: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2016

The artists in Depth Perception, all 2016 MFA candidates in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Art, attempt to understand how we perceive the world around us, how we are affected by it, and how we identify ourselves within it. Each artist works through ideas of perception through such lenses as neurosis and power, social norms, and the ephemeral nature of time.

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13 January 2016 - 21 February 2016

Racial Violence and Resilience: Questions and Currents in African American Art

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.

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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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