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.
This installation of five distinctive ceramic works by Japanese artists of the twentieth century shows a range of inspirations, from folk art and tradition to the natural world.
Catch and Release considers how various cultures throughout history have used and understood seafood. On view in the Ackland’s second-floor Study Gallery, the exhibition includes a self-guided walking tourdescribing paintings in the permanent collections of the Ackland Art Museum and the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Organized by Professor Morgan Pitelka in connection with his course “Swords, Tea Bowls, and Woodblock Prints: Exploring Japanese Material Culture” (Japanese 351), this installation presents scrolls and ceramic tea vessels marked by a simplicity associated with Zen Buddhism.
This ambitious exhibition presents 86 important Japanese posters from the mid-1950s to the 1990s, borrowed from a distinguished private collection. Featuring rarely seen examples alongside acknowledged classics, it prompts a new look at the exuberance and inventiveness of highly influential poster designers of the postwar decades.
Two of the poster artists featured in the exhibition Elegance and Extravagance, Tadanori Yokoo and Keiichi Tanaami, also produced witty and energetic animated short films in the 1960s and 1970s.
This exhibition, presented in two consecutive installations, provides an up-close look at nine Japanese hanging scrolls and one folding screen, dating from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, accompanied by revelatory and fascinating details about their conservation.