Family and Friends Sunday: June 2019

Thomas Moran
American, born in England, 1837-1926
Virgin River, Utah, 1908
oil on canvas
20 x 30 inches
TC 486.25

Family and Friends Sunday: Cartography
23 June 2019 | 2-5 PM

Learn about how maps served the artists of Way Out West.

  • Listen to stories about exploration chosen by Chapel Hill Public Library children’s librarians
  • See maps of the U.S. and meet cartography expert Renee Bosman from UNC Libraries
  • Watch the first of three selections from PBS’ National Parks documentary series to glimpse some of the natural wonders featured in the works of Way Out West
  • Enjoy exploring the art on view with a themed scavenger hunt and hands-on art-making activities for all ages

Free and open to the public.

Drawing in the Galleries

Amanda Hughes leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland’s collection.

For all sessions, bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome.

Free and open to the public. No reservation is necessary.

Drawing in the Galleries

Amanda Hughes leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland’s collection.

For all sessions, bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome.

Free and open to the public. No reservation is necessary.

Family and Friends Sunday: Sacred Wasteland

Family and Friends Sunday: Sacred Wasteland
Sunday, 28 April 2019 | 2-5 PM

Image Credit: Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo, American, born 1993: Halfies, Pt. 1 (detail), 2019. Earth, saw dust, steel, wood glue, coral, alligator garfish scales, oyster shells, rocks, cement, volcanic rock, sharks’ teeth, pig intestines, epoxy, lichen, barnacles, acrylic paint, and windshield glass.

Art lovers of all ages are invited to join us for a special Family and Friends Sunday inspired by the Ackland’s 2019 MFA Exhibition, Sacred Wasteland.

Ackland Art Museum’s Annual Luncheon

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This year’s annual luncheon speaker will be Barbara Babcock Millhouse, founder of Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem.

In addition to being founder of Reynolda House and the driving force behind the museum’s exemplary collection, Barbara Babcock Millhouse also has an outstanding private collection of American art ranging from the eighteenth century Hesselius portraits to twentieth century artists such as Andres Serrano and Lee Krasner.  Several of her modernist pieces are currently in the Hopper to Pollock exhibition at Reynolda House.  Her small sculpture collection includes such notables as Noguchi and Archipenko.

CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets!!

For questions please contact Hailey Hargraves.

Public Celebration for Sacred Wasteland: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2019

A public reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sacred Wasteland: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2019

19 April – 26 May 2019

A public reception to celebrate the exhibition will be held on Thursday, April 25, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Sacred Wasteland presents work by the nine studio artists of the 2019 Master of Fine Arts graduating class and celebrates the blending of traditional and non-traditional approaches, as well as the thoughtful repurposing of materials to reveal layers of each artist’s idiosyncratic curiosities. Each of the candidates mines the rich and complicated realities of our world using objects, techniques, and subjects that might typically be discarded or overlooked in their original contexts. In many cases, the artists’ personal narratives are directly intertwined with their material choices, and their constructions and aesthetic interventions illuminate the public value of private artifacts. Their work inspires important questions about humanity’s proficiency at isolating, elevating, destroying, and memorializing people and resources over the course of a single lifespan. As these artists investigate the perception of cultural and material wastelands, they imbue what they find there with all the care and attention we reserve for the sacred.

Participating artists include Jonh Blanco, Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo, John DeKemper II, Peter Hoffman, Michael Keaveney, Jasper Lee, Laura Little, Reuben Mabry, and Chieko Murasugi.

Sacred Wasteland is curated by William Paul Thomas. Thomas is a 2013 alumnus of the MFA program in Studio Art at UNC-Chapel Hill and is the artist in residence at Duke University’s Rubenstein Art Center from January until March 2019.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Seymour and Carol Cole Levin.

Image: Sarah Elizabeth Cornejo, American, born 1993: Halfies, Pt. 1 (detail), 2019. Earth, saw dust, steel, wood glue, coral, alligator garfish scales, oyster shells, rocks, cement, volcanic rock, sharks’ teeth, pig intestines, epoxy, lichen, barnacles, acrylic paint, and windshield glass. Courtesy of the artist.

Drawing in the Galleries

The second Saturday of every month, Amanda Hughes leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland’s collection.

For all sessions, bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome.

Free and open to the public. No reservation is necessary.

Louise Bourgeois’s Crouching Spider: Do Not Touch or Climb Talk

Hosted by Arts Everywhere, join fellow students and community members in a lively discussion about contemporary artist Louise Bourgeois and her work at the Ackland Art Museum.

Can a meme be a way of engaging with a work of art? Can a meme describe how and what we see around us, both individually and collectively? How does such description differ from traditional ways of interacting with art in and outside of a museum? How does the location of a work of art (outside rather than inside) condition or liberate the viewer’s interaction with it?

The installation of artist Louise Bourgeois’s Crouching Spider and Eye Benches I on UNC’s campus inspired a variety of responses. Louise Bourgeois was a hugely influential contemporary artist, and Crouching Spider manifests some of the major themes of her work. We’ll be giving some background on Bourgeois and her art, but also facilitating an open discussion of some of the dank spider memes generated by UNC undergrads. These productions comment on collective emotional and intellectual experiences of the art, compare it to other structures on campus, and draw out some of the political implications of public art. This event will also include a walk over to Crouching Spider, where the Ackland Art Museum’s Object-Based Teaching Fellow, Alexandra Zeigler, will lead us in an exercise in close looking, encouraging us to deepen and critically examine our responses to the sculpture and its context.

Free, no registration required. Light refreshments will be served.

UNC Science Expo

Visit the Ackland’s booth at the UNC Science Expo at Morehead Planetarium to sketch neurons based on the work of Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience featured in the exhibition The Beautiful Brain. Build a working model of a neuron to demonstrate the neuron doctrine. Food trucks and many other activities on site. Visit the Ackland and the Ackland Museum Store before or after the Science Expo: we are open from 10AM-5PM.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image Credit: Santiago Ramón y Cajal, The pyramidal neuron of the cerebral cortex, 1904, ink and pencil on paper. Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).

Drawing in the Galleries

The second Saturday of every month, Amanda Hughes leads participants in a creative exploration of a particular object in the Ackland’s collection.

For all sessions, bring paper and dry media (crayon, pencils, etc.). All levels are welcome.

Free and open to the public. No reservation is necessary.