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. Scroll down and click through to take some close looks!

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Close Looks: "Entering Zig's Indian Reservation" by Zig Jackson
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Close Looks: "Fish Pieta" by Christopher Myers
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Close Looks: "Head of a Boy" by William Artis
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Close Looks: "Figure Portrait of the Chevalier d'Eon"
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Close Looks: "Vietnam Opa" by Ruth Owens
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Close Looks: "Bronzed VALIDity" by Stacey L. Kirby
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Close Looks: "Ogun" by Renée Stout
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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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