Exhibition Archives

15 January 2010 - 9 May 2010

Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines

The large scale abstract paintings of Felrath Hines (1913-1993) were much admired during his lifetime but exhibited relatively infrequently. In early 2009, his widow Dorothy Fisher donated a selection of his major works to the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, […]

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15 January 2010 - 9 May 2010

Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown

Simultaneous to the exhibition of Color Balance: Paintings by Felrath Hines, the Ackland will present Jacob Lawrence and The Legend of John Brown in an adjoining gallery. Jacob Lawrence and the Legend of John Brown is a special exhibition featuring a suite of twenty-two screen prints chronicling the life of the famous and controversial nineteenth-century […]

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26 December 2009 - 5 June 2011

Art and Cultural Exchange along the Silk Road

The trade routes known collectively as the Silk Road not only allowed merchants throughout Asia and Europe to exchange goods — such as Chinese silk, Byzantine gold, and Indian spices – but they also introduced people in disparate parts of the continent to new beliefs, systems of government, literary genres, musical styles, and visual forms. […]

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3 October 2009 - 3 January 2010

The Guardian and the Avant-Garde: Seymour Lipton’s Sentinel II in Context

This fall, the Ackland Art Museum takes a novel approach to looking at a single work in the permanent collection. The Guardian and the Avant-Garde: Seymour Lipton’s Sentinel II in Context offers two perspectives on an important new addition to the Ackland’s permanent collection: Sentinel II, an acquisition made possible by longtime Ackland supporter Shirley […]

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29 August 2009 - 6 December 2009

Almost Now: Cuban Art, Cinema, and Politics in the 1960s and 1970s

Featuring sixteen Cuban cinema posters (and a signed and numbered print of Alberto Korda’s iconic photograph of Che Guevara) recently given to the Ackland by eminent art historian, collector, and Carolina alumnus David Craven, Almost Now: Cuban Art, Cinema, and Politics in the 1960s and 1970s examines the central role that artists, filmmakers, and film […]

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31 May 2009 - 13 September 2009

Aldwyth: work v. / work n.: Collage and Assemblage 1991-2008

For decades, the collage artist Aldwyth has produced her art in relative seclusion from the larger art world. Now seventy-three, her first major retrospective will premiere at the Ackland. “The Ackland is privileged to be the first museum to present an Aldwyth exhibition of this scale,” says Ackland Director Emily Kass. “Her remarkable work demands […]

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28 February 2009 - 29 November 2009

Sage in the Bamboo Grove: The Legacy of Sherman E. Lee

In 1998, Curator of Collections Timothy Riggs worked with the eminent Asian art scholar Sherman Emery Lee on plans to reinstall the Asian collection at the Ackland. Though Riggs had known Lee for years — and known of him for even longer — this was the first project on which he worked exclusively with Lee. […]

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24 January 2009 - 17 May 2009

At the Heart of Progress: Coal, Iron, and Steam since 1750, Industrial Imagery from the John P. Eckblad Collection

The Ackland continues the celebration of its fifitieth anniversary year this spring with a special exhibition drawn from one of the most extensive private collections of prints and posters associated with industry and labor. At the Heart of Progress: Coal, Iron, and Steam since 1750 – Industrial Imagery from the John P. Eckblad Collection includes […]

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21 September 2008 - 4 January 2009

Circa 1958: Breaking Ground in American Art

1958 was a remarkable year. It was a time of transition and experimentation in American art and culture, and for the United States, a time of unbridled optimism yet one of uncertainty. The country was experiencing an unprecedented rate of economic growth, prosperity, and international leadership following World War II. But at the same time, […]

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30 January 2008 - 20 June 2011

Art and the Natural World

This permanent collection installation explores some of the ways in which Early Modern (1400-1750) Europeans thought about their place in the world. Nature in its noble and humble aspects fascinated artists and viewers alike. That fascination and the developing market economy encouraged artists to specialize in particular subjects (genres) that emphasized the natural world, such […]

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30 January 2008 - 20 June 2011

Art and Religious Life

The paintings and sculptures in this permanent collection installation suggest the significance of religious art for men and women in the Early Modern era (1400-1750). In sacred and in secular settings — churches and chapels, private palaces, and government offices — religious subjects predominated. This was true in Italy, Spain, France, and Flanders, where Catholicism […]

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