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.
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.
Scientific phenomena, the role of chance, and “camera-less” photography are all topics raised by Hiroshi Sugimoto’s stunning large-format photograph Lightning Fields no. 176 (2009), a recent addition to the Ackland’s permanent collection.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]