Michelle Van Parys, American: “Scenic Campsite, New Mexico, from The Way Out West,” 2001; toned gelatin silver print, sheet: 15 7/8 × 19 13/16 in., Gift of Mark H. Sloan, Ackland Art Museum, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2014.27.5. Photograph courtesy of the artist.
1 August 2019 | 6 PM
“The Way Out West: Desert Landscapes”
An Artist Talk by Michelle Van Parys
Free and open to the public, RSVP requested below.
Presented in connection with Way Out West: Celebrating the Gift of the Hugh A. McAllister, Jr. Collection (on view 14 June – 25 Aug 2019).
Works of art have histories – personal and collective.
In January, American realist painter George Nick came to the Ackland with our former director, Charles Millard. Nick’s painting, seen with the artist at right, was recently pulled from Ackland storage and installed in the office of the Chancellor. This photograph documents the day when the artist rediscovered his old friend: his own work. It is privilege to hold works in trust for the people of North Carolina, but more than this, it is a rare delight to know that museums also facilitate homecomings, moments with artists are reunited with their works.
Not everyone can claim this particular kind of homecoming when they come to an art museum, but visitors to the Ackland often tell me of their personal relationships with particular works of art. For some it is the Rubens portrait, for other, the Thai Buddha. Some come to see the ancient pots, others the North Carolina pottery. For each, it is a personal homecoming with a public collection. Continue reading