Exhibition Archives

17 August 2012 - 14 October 2012

East Faces West: The Modern Japanese Print

The twenty-two prints in East Faces West show the surprising variety of style, subject, and technique practiced by artists living in Japan and by a Japanese diaspora in France and the United States during the second half of the twentieth century.

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1 June 2012 - 12 August 2012

Adding to the Mix 4: Johann Joachim Kändler’s Apollo (c. 1748)

This exhibition focuses on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of a major example of eighteenth-century Meissen porcelain, a figure of Apollo by Johann Joachim Kändler. Porcelain, long made in China, was first achieved in Europe around 1710 at the Meissen factory near Dresden, and Kändler was recognized as the foremost European sculptor in this medium. In […]

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13 April 2012 - 13 May 2012

New Currents in Contemporary Art: MFA 2012

Each spring, the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents New Currents in Contemporary Art, an exhibition of works by graduating UNC-Chapel Hill master of fine arts students. Marking the culmination of a two-year program, this exhibition introduces eight emerging artists who interpret ideas ranging from the personal to […]

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30 March 2012 - 1 July 2012

Piece by Piece: Quilts, Collages, and Constructions

Centered on a quilt from the legendary Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quilting community, this exhibition celebrates both the act of “piecing together” works of art from disparate elements and the influence of traditional women’s fabric arts on modern and contemporary art.

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30 March 2012 - 1 July 2012

Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper

One of America’s most remarkable living artists, Thornton Dial is widely recognized for his large-scale, multimedia assemblages, yet his most abundant body of work is his drawings, which he began producing in the early 1990s. Organized by the Ackland Art Museum, Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper will feature 50 of Dial’s earliest drawings from 1990-1991, a pivotal moment in his artistic career.

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9 March 2012 - 5 August 2012

Chords of Memory: Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton

Associated with the Regionalist movement, Thomas Hart Benton wanted to create a “living art” that presented American subjects in a way that was easily accessible to everyday people. He traveled on sketching trips around America’s heartland during the Depression, often playing his harmonica in exchange for room and board. His lithographs record his travels, paying […]

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27 January 2012 - 4 March 2012

North Carolina Pottery

The Ackland’s collection of North Carolina pottery spans over two centuries. The collection includes traditional wares once used for storing and serving food and twentieth-century wares that demonstrate a response to contemporary needs and tastes. This exhibition features a select group of jars, jugs, pitchers, and vases made by such prominent potters as Nicholas Fox, […]

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14 January 2012 - 18 March 2012

The Spectacular of Vernacular

Inspired by artist Mike Kelley’s observation that “the mass art of today is the folk art of tomorrow,” The Spectacular of Vernacular embraces the rustic, the folkloric, and the humbly homemade as well as the crass clash of street spectacle and commercial culture. It explores the role of vernacular forms in some 40 works by […]

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28 October 2011 - 22 January 2012

Rembrandt: The Printmaker

Rembrandt is one of the few great artists whose achievement as a printmaker matches what he accomplished as a painter. In his own lifetime one large etching, Christ Preaching, acquired the nickname “The Hundred Guilder Print” because of the extravagant price it had fetched at a sale. Unfortunately, because of his fame as a printmaker, […]

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28 October 2011 - 31 December 2011

Adding to the Mix 3: Allan Houser’s Next Generation II (1989)

A large-scale bronze sculpture by artist Allan Houser, a promised gift to the Ackland Art Museum, will be permanently displayed on the grounds of the UNC Hospitals complex — close to the entrances of both the N.C. Women’s and Children’s Hospitals — beginning 28 October 2011. Next Generation II is pledged to the Ackland by […]

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