Unsettled Things: Art from an African American South

April 21, 2023 - July 2, 2023

A painting of a headless white figure holding its own bleeding head

Including forty-four works by twenty-eight artists – largely drawn from the Ackland’s permanent collection — Unsettled Things: Art from an African American South explores works by makers from the southern United States, long overlooked and now considered major artists, including Thornton Dial, Lonnie B. Holley, Nellie Mae Rowe, and Mose Tolliver, through three themes: Life, Spirit, and Matter. The themes emerge from recurring threads in the works’ subject matter, from shared approaches to choosing and applying materials, and from the artists’ own accounts of their ideas, efforts, and struggles.

A companion publication, The Unfinished Business of Unsettled Things: Art from an African American South, is available from UNC Press.

Unsettled Things: Art from an African American South is organized by the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bank of America is the national sponsor for Unsettled Things. Additional support comes from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Wyeth Foundation for American Art, Harriet Taylor Herring, and Joan Roberts Cates.

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Image credit:
Sam Doyle, American, 1906-1985, Hopeing Boy, 1970s, paint on tin, 45 × 27 in. (114.3 × 68.6 cm). Ackland Fund, The Chair’s Discretionary Fund to Support Southern Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Gift of Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection. 2017.16.5.

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