For Philip Glass: Joshi / LeWitt / Close

January 11, 2017 - February 19, 2017

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The Ackland Art Museum joins the celebrations of the 80th birthday of American composer Philip Glass by presenting a special installation that recognizes the key role that visual art and artists have played in Glass’s life and work.

Seven diverse works of modern and contemporary art by Chuck Close, Deepak Joshi, and Sol LeWitt call attention to the way in which regularized processes can lead to visual effects of emotional power and complexity, a fitting tribute to Glass’s accomplishments as a composer.

In addition, the Ackland is presenting Chuck Close’s 1991 silk tapestry version of his portrait of Philip Glass, first realized in Close’s iconic 1969 photorealist painting. The tapestry has been generously lent by James Keith Brown ’84 and Eric Diefenbach.
The exhibition For Philip Glass coincides with a ten-day festival of performances at Carolina Performing Arts (CPA).

A Listening Lounge installed in the Museum (February 8 to 19) enables Ackland visitors to experience the music of Philip Glass.

Public Programs

Art for Lunch
Peter Nisbet, the Ackland’s deputy director for curatorial affairs, on For Philip Glass
Wednesday, February 8, 12:20 p.m.

Image Credit: Chuck Close, American, born 1940: Lyle, 2003; 149-color silkscreen. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ackland Fund, 2005.27.