Current Exhibitions

18 March 2020 - 30 June 2020

Fragments, Forms, and the Future: Three Modern Masterpieces from the Collection of Sam Rose

Featuring works by Fernand Léger (1881-1955), Stuart Davis (1892-1964), and Romare Bearden (1911-1988), this special installation of three masterpieces of European and American avant-garde art allows us to experience ways in which artists have deployed fragmentary images of the contemporary world, reconstituting them into balanced compositions that speak to an imagined ideal. Spanning half a […]

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31 January 2020 - 26 July 2020

Yayoi Kusama: Open the Shape Called Love

Yayoi Kusama is one of the most admired of all contemporary artists. Her “Infinity Rooms,” mirrored and specially lit environments, have recently been a premier attraction for art lovers all over the world. This exhibition presents the distinguished collection of James Keith Brown ’84 and Eric Diefenbach to explore other aspects of her oeuvre, with […]

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31 January 2020 - 26 July 2020

Toriawase: A Special Installation of Modern Japanese Art and Ceramics

Toriawase is a Japanese concept that loosely means to choose and combine objects with exquisite care. This special installation approaches the combination of modern art and ceramics in this spirit, aiming less for a historical or scholarly approach and more for an intuitive, experiential orchestration of relationships and correspondences. Modern and contemporary Japanese painting and […]

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10 January 2020 - 7 June 2020

Instruments of Divination in Africa: Works from the Collection of Rhonda Morgan Wilkerson, Ph.D.

This special installation shows sculptures and other objects used by diviners in some Central and West African cultures. Divination is a practice that enables people to communicate with their gods, ancestors, and spirits. By bridging the earthly and spiritual realm, divination enables these beings to provide counsel to the living, to identify the causes of […]

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14 August 2019 - 28 June 2020

ART& Intergalactic Soul, “Project LHAXX”

ART& Intergalactic Soul, Project LHAXX As its newest temporary, site-specific commission in ART&, the Ackland presents Project LHAXX, a mixed-media experience by Intergalactic Soul. Intergalactic Soul describes the Afrofuturistic collaborative made up of Charlotte-based visual artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry and Durham-based performance artist Quentin Talley. Their work broadly focuses on presenting contemporary conversations […]

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Drawing of three vases
27 October 2018 - 31 December 2022

Focus on the Peck Collection

Focus on the Peck Collection is an ongoing series of installations selected from the Peck Collection and the Ackland’s other holdings of related works of art, with the goal of supporting education in comparative looking, historical analysis, and appreciation of quality.

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21 December 2016 - 5 July 2020

Color Across Asia

Spanning several millennia, as well as the color spectrum, this show presents a continent’s rich history of innovation, invention, and imitation.

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