Exhibition Archives

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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26 August 2011 - 23 October 2011

Nineteenth-century Photography from the Collection

The Ackland’s collection of photography encompasses many historical highlights from its most noted original practitioners. As a fledgling medium characterized by formal and technological experimentation, nineteenth-century photography encouraged diverse approaches. This gallery offers a glimpse into the breadth of those subjects, including still-lifes, documentary scenes, landscapes, portraiture, staged personae, and studies by painters. Charles Lutwidge […]

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24 August 2011 - 23 October 2011

Adding to the Mix 2: A Fourteenth-century Nepalese Bhrikuti

This exhibition focuses on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of the 14th-century Nepalese sculpture Bhrikuti, the Female Companion of the White Avalokiteshvara, Lord of Compassion. As this elegant painted wood statue would originally have had four complete arms, two of the hands on which would have been making significant gestures, we have chosen a range of […]

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17 August 2011 - 25 September 2011

Eating Animals

From August 17 through September 25, the Ackland Art Museum will engage issues discussed in Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals, the Carolina Summer Reading Program’s 2011 selection, with an installation of art on the Museum’s second floor. Works on view will present a range of artists’ perspectives related to Foer’s discussions of the stories, […]

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17 May 2011 - 21 August 2011

Adding to the Mix 1: John Wesley’s Boeing (1982)

This exhibition focuses on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of John Wesley’s formally powerful and witty painting Boeing (1982). It brings together works from the museum’s collection that highlight the painting’s relationship to surreal, abstract, and cartoony traditions in modern art. Artists represented include Lee Bontecou, Ed Ruscha, Jim Nutt, Bridget Riley, and Takashi Murakami. This […]

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15 April 2011 - 8 May 2011

New Currents in Contemporary Art: MFA 2011

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 seven emerging artists who interpret ideas ranging from the personal to […]

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8 April 2011 - 24 July 2011

DE-NATURED: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger

Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Hanne Darboven, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, and Martin Kippenberger. For these artists, representation, authenticity, and history are all fractured, problematic, and "de-natured." Their artworks—sometimes surprising, often challenging—established the international relevance and resonance of contemporary German art. Drawn from a distinguished private collection and […]

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8 April 2011 - 10 July 2011

Romantic Dreams and Rude Awakenings: Northern European Prints and Drawings, 1840-1940

Artists living in Germany and its neighboring countries during the century 1840–1940 experienced massive social upheaval and political unrest, an environment that dramatically informed their art. Throughout this extended period of tumult, German artists consistently produced alternating and opposing images of idealized fantasy worlds and intense, often bitter observations of reality. The continuity that exists […]

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18 February 2011 - 19 June 2011

Making Sense in Eighteenth-century Prints

Making Sense in Eighteenth-century Prints explores the ways in which artists of the period engaged with their contemporaries’ thinking about the senses, and in so doing it suggests ways for Museum visitors to make sense of the images. The installation presents six etchings and engravings by William Hogarth, Jean-Michel Moreau, and others. All of the […]

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14 January 2011 - 20 March 2011

The Oldest Paintings in America: Utah’s Rock Art Photographed by Goodloe Suttler

Painted, pecked, and incised images from many different cultures and periods may be found in thousands of cave and cliff sites across Utah’s Colorado Plateau. This exhibition showcases photographs by Goodloe Suttler of the astonishing "Barrier Canyon Style" rock paintings, probably the oldest of the rock art traditions found in the region (with origins perhaps […]

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14 January 2011 - 20 March 2011

At Work in the Wilderness: Picturing the American Landscape, 1820-1920

At Work in the Wilderness examines how American landscape painting of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries embodied Americans’ conflicting ideas about the status of land and the natural world within the rapidly modernizing nation. The exhibition considers the strategies that American artists developed to reframe the natural spaces in which they worked — spaces […]

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26 December 2010 - 20 March 2011

Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots

Pottery is North Carolina’s most famous indigenous art form. With highlights from the Ackland Art Museum’s esteemed and growing collection of pottery, as well as loans from significant local collections, Tradition in Clay: Two Centuries of Classic North Carolina Pots presents over 100 pots and pottery vessels, including works by masters from the Seagle and […]

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