Uzzle Buzz: Mustang Girl

“Uzzle Buzz” is a series of blog posts, written by various authors, that respond to or comment on some aspect of our exhibition All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle.

Marie Li is a student at Columbia University majoring in Art History and Business Management. During the summer of 2016, she was communications intern at the Ackland Art Museum.

Every year, as the sweet summer air creeps up on North Carolina with dragging feet, I am galvanized. Not by the thought of long days, crisp evenings, and cool drinks, but by the tantalizing promise of possibility. Like many other Americans, I commit myself anew to eating healthier, venturing outdoors, and exercising more often. And like it or not, this regiment centers on running outside (as opposed to on a treadmill, within an air-conditioned gym), and forcing my lungs to muddle and struggle through the dense, unforgiving humidity.

I discovered on a personal tour of his collection that, like me, Burk Uzzle also partakes in the occasional morning run. Unlike me, however, he brings his camera. And it was on one of these runs that Uzzle captured the “Mustang Girl,” in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: Mustang Girl, St. Petersburg, FL, 2001, 2001; gelatin silver print. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anonymous Gift, 2008.3.52.

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Uzzle Buzz: Simple Summer Pleasures

“Uzzle Buzz” is a series of blog posts, written by various authors, that respond to or comment on some aspect of our exhibition All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle.

Emily Bowles is the Director of Communications at the Ackland Art Museum and an amateur photographer.

It isn’t even June yet, and many regions of the U.S. have already experienced hot weather. Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, the “official” start of summer. Perhaps, in part, for these reasons, this photograph by Burk Uzzle—on view in our upcoming exhibition, All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle—is particularly appealing to me:

Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: River Bank Dive, Georgia, 2001, 2001. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anonymous Gift, 2008.3.47. © Burk Uzzle.

A boy backflips off a root-laced outcropping into a lazy river. It’s probably not his first jump: his hair is already wet and one imagines that he succumbed to the urge to cannonball into the water immediately upon arrival rather than merely wade in.

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