Exhibition Archives

30 March 2012 - 1 July 2012

Piece by Piece: Quilts, Collages, and Constructions

Centered on a quilt from the legendary Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quilting community, this exhibition celebrates both the act of “piecing together” works of art from disparate elements and the influence of traditional women’s fabric arts on modern and contemporary art.

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30 March 2012 - 1 July 2012

Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper

One of America’s most remarkable living artists, Thornton Dial is widely recognized for his large-scale, multimedia assemblages, yet his most abundant body of work is his drawings, which he began producing in the early 1990s. Organized by the Ackland Art Museum, Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper will feature 50 of Dial’s earliest drawings from 1990-1991, a pivotal moment in his artistic career.

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9 March 2012 - 5 August 2012

Chords of Memory: Lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton

Associated with the Regionalist movement, Thomas Hart Benton wanted to create a “living art” that presented American subjects in a way that was easily accessible to everyday people. He traveled on sketching trips around America’s heartland during the Depression, often playing his harmonica in exchange for room and board. His lithographs record his travels, paying […]

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27 January 2012 - 4 March 2012

North Carolina Pottery

The Ackland’s collection of North Carolina pottery spans over two centuries. The collection includes traditional wares once used for storing and serving food and twentieth-century wares that demonstrate a response to contemporary needs and tastes. This exhibition features a select group of jars, jugs, pitchers, and vases made by such prominent potters as Nicholas Fox, […]

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14 January 2012 - 18 March 2012

The Spectacular of Vernacular

Inspired by artist Mike Kelley’s observation that “the mass art of today is the folk art of tomorrow,” The Spectacular of Vernacular embraces the rustic, the folkloric, and the humbly homemade as well as the crass clash of street spectacle and commercial culture. It explores the role of vernacular forms in some 40 works by […]

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28 October 2011 - 22 January 2012

Rembrandt: The Printmaker

Rembrandt is one of the few great artists whose achievement as a printmaker matches what he accomplished as a painter. In his own lifetime one large etching, Christ Preaching, acquired the nickname “The Hundred Guilder Print” because of the extravagant price it had fetched at a sale. Unfortunately, because of his fame as a printmaker, […]

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28 October 2011 - 31 December 2011

Adding to the Mix 3: Allan Houser’s Next Generation II (1989)

A large-scale bronze sculpture by artist Allan Houser, a promised gift to the Ackland Art Museum, will be permanently displayed on the grounds of the UNC Hospitals complex — close to the entrances of both the N.C. Women’s and Children’s Hospitals — beginning 28 October 2011. Next Generation II is pledged to the Ackland by […]

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26 August 2011 - 23 October 2011

Nineteenth-century Photography from the Collection

The Ackland’s collection of photography encompasses many historical highlights from its most noted original practitioners. As a fledgling medium characterized by formal and technological experimentation, nineteenth-century photography encouraged diverse approaches. This gallery offers a glimpse into the breadth of those subjects, including still-lifes, documentary scenes, landscapes, portraiture, staged personae, and studies by painters. Charles Lutwidge […]

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24 August 2011 - 23 October 2011

Adding to the Mix 2: A Fourteenth-century Nepalese Bhrikuti

This exhibition focuses on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of the 14th-century Nepalese sculpture Bhrikuti, the Female Companion of the White Avalokiteshvara, Lord of Compassion. As this elegant painted wood statue would originally have had four complete arms, two of the hands on which would have been making significant gestures, we have chosen a range of […]

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17 August 2011 - 25 September 2011

Eating Animals

From August 17 through September 25, the Ackland Art Museum will engage issues discussed in Jonathan Safran Foer’s book Eating Animals, the Carolina Summer Reading Program’s 2011 selection, with an installation of art on the Museum’s second floor. Works on view will present a range of artists’ perspectives related to Foer’s discussions of the stories, […]

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17 May 2011 - 21 August 2011

Adding to the Mix 1: John Wesley’s Boeing (1982)

This exhibition focuses on the Ackland’s recent acquisition of John Wesley’s formally powerful and witty painting Boeing (1982). It brings together works from the museum’s collection that highlight the painting’s relationship to surreal, abstract, and cartoony traditions in modern art. Artists represented include Lee Bontecou, Ed Ruscha, Jim Nutt, Bridget Riley, and Takashi Murakami. This […]

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15 April 2011 - 8 May 2011

New Currents in Contemporary Art: MFA 2011

Each spring, the Ackland Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents New Currents in Contemporary Art, an exhibition of works by graduating UNC-Chapel Hill master of fine arts students. Marking the culmination of a two-year program, this exhibition introduces seven emerging artists who interpret ideas ranging from the personal to […]

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8 April 2011 - 24 July 2011

DE-NATURED: German Art from Joseph Beuys to Martin Kippenberger

Joseph Beuys, Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Hanne Darboven, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, Thomas Struth, and Martin Kippenberger. For these artists, representation, authenticity, and history are all fractured, problematic, and "de-natured." Their artworks—sometimes surprising, often challenging—established the international relevance and resonance of contemporary German art. Drawn from a distinguished private collection and […]

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8 April 2011 - 10 July 2011

Romantic Dreams and Rude Awakenings: Northern European Prints and Drawings, 1840-1940

Artists living in Germany and its neighboring countries during the century 1840–1940 experienced massive social upheaval and political unrest, an environment that dramatically informed their art. Throughout this extended period of tumult, German artists consistently produced alternating and opposing images of idealized fantasy worlds and intense, often bitter observations of reality. The continuity that exists […]

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