Arranged: Recent Acquisitions of Modern and Contemporary Paintings

May 17, 2024 - September 1, 2024

A colorful painting of superimposed squares and rectangles in brown, yellow, red, blue, and green on a light yellow background

Taking its title from a newly acquired work by Peter Halley, Arranged brings together a varied selection of over thirty recent acquisitions of modern and contemporary paintings by twenty-two artists. Following similar exhibitions highlighting new additions to the collection of photographs (PhotoVision, 2014), modern prints and portfolios (One of Many, 2017), and drawings (Drawing Attention, 2021), Arranged offers a diverse range of significant paintings from the 1950s to the present that have entered the Ackland’s collection by gift, promised gift, and purchase over the past half-dozen years. Twelve of the works are on view for the first time.

Highlights will include works by UNC-Chapel Hill alums Frank Faulkner, Herb Jackson (with two paintings each), and Mark Brown; a powerful group of Color Field works by Jules Olitski and other painters of his generation such as Stanley Boxer, Jack Bush, and Friedel Dzubas; and individual paintings by Greg Drasler, Jeff Elrod, Shanequa Gay, John Gibson, Peter Halley, Reggie Burrows Hodges, Val Lewton, Allan McCollum, Beverly McIver, and Philip Taaffe. The Ackland has also collected internationally, and Arranged presents works by Etel Adnan (Lebanon), Esther Mahlangu (South Africa), Pinaree Sanpitak (Thailand), Aníbal Villacis (Ecuador), and John Walker (Great Britain).

Throughout Arranged, explore the art on view through a variety of interactive programs for all ages featuring curatorial tours, art-making, and music. Links will be added as events are added to our calendar.

Curator’s Tour of Arranged
Friday, May 17, 2024 | 3:30 p.m. RSVP.
Join Peter Nisbet, deputy director for curatorial affairs, for a first guided look at Arranged: Recent Acquisitions of Modern and Contemporary Paintings. Space is limited; free ticket required.

Art Adventures
Saturday, June 8, 2024 | 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Radial symmetry works inspired by Philip Taaffe’s Granada, featured in Arranged.

Curator’s Tour of Arranged
Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 11 a.m.
Led by Peter Nisbet, deputy director for curatorial affairs

2nd Friday ArtWalk: Twilights on the Terrace
Friday, July 12, 2024 | 6-9 p.m.
Drop-in watercolor wax-resist painting inspired by Philip Taaffe’s Granada. Sweets and drinks for sale throughout the night.

Curator’s Tour of Arranged
Saturday, August 24, 2024 | 11 a.m.
Led by Peter Nisbet, deputy director for curatorial affairs

Music in the Galleries
Sunday, August 25, 2024, 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m.
New music by Allen Anderson for electronics and live performers, arranged chance and inspired by several works in Arranged. Performances start at 2 and 3:30 p.m.


Arranged was organized by Peter Nisbet, deputy director for curatorial affairs, and is made possible by the generous support of Laura and Walter Elcock.

Image credit: Peter Halley, American, born 1953, Arranged, 2007, acrylic, fluorescent acrylic, and Roll-a-Tex on canvas, 82 × 67 in. (208.3 × 170.2 cm). Ackland Fund, 2020.20. © 2024 Peter Halley.

Your Responses

  1. Please enter my name for a spot on the 5/17/2024, 3:30 PM tour by Peter Nisbet. Many thanks

    1. Thanks, Kathy. The tour rsvp page is linked to the tour title. I’ve also forwarded your registration request to our staff.

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