Ackland At 60

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Since 1958, the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been one of North Carolina’s most important cultural resources. Located at the intersection of campus and community, the Ackland provides experiences that spark insight into ourselves, each other, and the world. Our mission is the art of understanding. For 60 years, we have encouraged UNC and the community to look close and think far.

As we embark on a yearlong celebration of our 60th anniversary, we invite you to join us in commemorating our past, reveling in our present, and looking ahead to our future! Birthdays are synonymous with presents, and the Ackland has quite a few to unwrap.

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RedBall Project 
20 September 2018–26 September 2018
The RedBall Project is a traveling public art piece by American artist Kurt Perschke. Considered “the world’s longest-running street artwork” the piece has been to over 25 cities globally and moves through a city with a new site each day of the performance.

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ART&: Lauren Frances Adams
Opens 21 September 2018
ART& is a vibrant community and program space that will feature site-specific commissions by contemporary artists. The first ART& Artist is Lauren Frances Adams. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Adams has exhibited around the world and is currently a faculty member at Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD.

Birthday Presents
21 September 2018–6 January 2018
If the Ackland is turning sixty, there should be birthday presents! This exhibition presents an extraordinary range of works of art being given to the Ackland by generous donors explicitly “in honor of the Museum’s 60th anniversary.” The permanent collection is the foundation of our work, and these new gifts will strengthen our ability to offer powerful experiences of great works of art for many decades into the future.

A New Look: The Permanent Collection Galleries Re-energized
Opens 30 November 2018
The Ackland’s permanent collection galleries have been re-imagined, re-designed, and re-installed. With newly configured space for global art after 1950 and an expanded gallery for African art, this project will also present recent acquisitions, a new selection of Asian art, an enhanced ability to present works on paper, and important new approaches to information and interpretation.

The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal
25 January 2019–7 April 2019
Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s drawings of the brain are both aesthetically astonishing and scientifically significant. The Nobel Prize-winning father of modern neuroscience, Cajal (1852-1934) combined scientific and artistic skills to produce exceedingly detailed drawings to prove his theory that the brain is composed of individual cells rather than a single tangled web, which is the basis of neuroscience today.

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Photo courtesy of Kurt Perschke.
Etel Adnan, Lebanese-American, born 1925: Untitled, 2017; oil on canvas: 21 5/8 x 18 1/8 in. (55 x 46 cm). Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Promised Gift of John and Marree Townsend in honor of the Museum’s 60th Anniversary. Copyright of the Artist; Courtesy of Galerie Lelong & Co.
Unidentified artist, South African, Nguni peoples, Zulu peoples: Necklace or Cache-sexe, 19th century; beads, fiber, and brass, 25 1/8 × 3 1/4 in. (63.8 × 8.3 cm). Ackland Fund and Gift of Norma Canelas Roth and William Roth, 2017.19.9.
Santiago Ramón y Cajal, Spanish, 1852-1934: Epitelio y neuroglia primitivos de ratón (Glial cells of the mouse spinal cord), 1899, ink and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).