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 […]
In 1989, playwright, actor, and activist Safdar Hashmi was fatally attacked by political thugs while performing a street play outside of Delhi. His death led to the founding of Sahmat, an influential artist collective that has taken a consistent stance against the threats of religious fundamentalism and sectarianism in India through a vibrant mix of […]
This exhibition explores two divergent themes — landscape conventions of the American West and serial artistic production -– using as a focus the recently acquired painting Abstract Naught (1930) by New Mexico artist Raymond Jonson. A founding member of the Transcendental Painting Group, Jonson also played an important role in the history of abstraction in America. Abstract […]
For many people, a childhood home conjures memories of comfort and contentment, of a safe place away from the toils of everyday life. For others, their childhood home may evoke feelings of familiarity coupled with strangeness, exemplifying Sigmund Freud’s concept of the “uncanny.” Through works by Andrew Wyeth and H.C. Westermann, In Pursuit of Strangeness explores diverse […]
The work of eight artists completing their Master of Fine Arts degrees at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be on display in Sincerely Yours,.
The Ackland Art Museum presents the first major exhibition to investigate the ways in which contemporary artists have addressed love as a political force, as a philosophical model for equitable knowledge exchange, and as social interaction within a rapidly changing landscape of technology and social media.
In 2012-13, a university-wide series of concerts, performances, courses, symposia, and other events will mark the centenary of the tumultuous premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s revolutionary ballet The Rite of Spring, presented in Paris in April 1913 by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. For its contribution to the celebration, the Ackland Art Museum will exhibit Natalia Goncharova’s Mystical Images of War, a powerful portfolio of fourteen lithographs published in Moscow the year after Stravinsky’s artistic bombshell.
In the early nineteenth century, the Japanese word ukiyo, usually translated as “the floating world,” had many of the same connotations as the English phrase “vanity fair”: a milieu where art, fashion, entertainment, and sexuality flowed together.
This exhibition, the second of two consecutive installations, provides an up-close look at recently conserved Japanese hanging scrolls and folding screens, dating from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, accompanied by revelatory and fascinating details about their conservation.