Close Looks

At the Ackland, where we encourage our visitors to look close and think far, we often start conversations about art and its meanings by asking “what do you see?” With each work of art selected here for Close Looks, asking “what do you see?” — or “what do you see?” becomes the starting point for commentary from our colleagues and our communities, for conversations in our lively public programs, and for consideration of contexts through additional learning resources. Everyone may begin at the same place, but there are multiple routes and many destinations. By amplifying a multitude of voices from a plurality of lived perspectives, we hope these art-based conversations spark insights into ourselves and each other. During the 2020 – 2021 academic year, Close Looks will focus on works of art that engage with the construction and reception of racial(-ized) and LGBTQIA+ identities. Scroll down and click through to take some close looks!

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Close Looks: "Midnite Show" by Tennessee Williams
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Close Looks: "Talisman" by Barton Lidice Beneš
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Close Looks: "Saphire" by Willie Cole
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Close Looks: "Queen on Board" by Nelson Morales
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