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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Meet the Staff: Allison Portnow Lathrop

headshot1ALLISON PORTNOW LATHROP is the Ackland’s Public Programs Manager.

How long have you been at the Ackland?

I started at the Ackland as a graduate student intern in August 2009, then continued working here while I was finishing my musicology PhD in the Music Department at UNC. A short while later, I was hired full time as the Ackland’s Public Programs Manager.

What brought you to the Ackland?

I was interested in applying for the internship because I thought I’d learn some strategies for teaching music in a more interdisciplinary way. I ended up in a more administrative internship–but immediately fell in love it with it. While most musicology PhDs pursue college-level teaching careers, I knew after just a few weeks at the Ackland that a career in arts administration, specifically, museum administration was a better match for me.
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Compelling Questions and a Commitment to Art: Phillip Cox, ’16

Phil CoxIn Fall 2014, Phillip Cox (’16) enrolled in the Research Methods seminar for UNC Art History majors in their junior year. The course topic was “The Nude in Renaissance Art” and each student in the class chose a print from the Ackland’s collection from a group pre-selected by Dr. Tania String, who taught the course. Each student’s print was to be the focus of their semester-long research project. Phil found many of the prints intriguing. He decided to let other students in the course choose their prints first, and when his turn came there was only one print left: Hercules and Antaeus by Agostino Veneziano. It was not one of the prints he’d hoped for, but as he proceeded with his research, he realized there were compelling questions to investigate.

By the end of that fall semester, he had decided to write his Senior Honors Thesis on Veneziano’s Hercules and Antaeus. Phil took several opportunities to share his thesis research and he invited feedback on it: he presented his research at the Ackland’s Student Showcase, at UNC’s annual Undergraduate Research Celebration, and at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference, held this year at Syracuse University and featuring outstanding undergraduate research at ACC universities. Continue reading

Uzzle Buzz: So Close, it’s Scary (?)

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In just a few short weeks, the Ackland will unveil All About America, an exhibition of 40 remarkable photographs from the Museum’s collection by renowned photographer and North Carolina native Burk Uzzle.

Our show is presented in coordination with two other area exhibitions exploring the photographer’s work: Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes (Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University) and Burk Uzzle: American Chronicle (North Carolina Museum of Art).

Leading up to and during the show, we’ll have regular blog posts (“Uzzle Buzz”) with observations, comments, and responses to the show from photographers, writers, museum folks, and a wide range of enthusiasts. Check back frequently and look for the latest “Uzzle Buzz.”

Image: Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: Mother and Child, Disney World, 1981, 1981; gelatin silver print. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anonymous Gift, 2008.3.42. © Burk Uzzle.