Family and Friends: Dancing with Kusama

Family and Friends Sunday
February 23, 2020 | 2 – 5 p.m.

Inspired by Yayoi Kusama: Open the Shape Called Love and Toriawase: A Special Installation of Modern Japanese Art and Ceramics, choreographer Killian Manning has planned an interactive afternoon of site-specific, art-inspired dance in the galleries. Visitors of all ages will be invited to join dancers in movement and dance in response to the art on view.

2:00 – 2:45 p.m Movement Workshop

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Movement Workshop

The Ackland will also have art-making activities for all ages.


Yayoi Kusama: Open the Shape Called Love is supported in part by Bank of America.
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Yayoi Kusama, Japanese, born 1929, Untitled, 1967, oil on masonite, 16 x 18 in. (40.6 x 45.7 cm). Collection of James Keith Brown ‘84 and Eric Diefenbach.

Last Look Tour: Lost and Found

Last Look Tour | Lost and Found: Stories for Vernacular Photographs

woman looks at her reflection in a mirror

Sunday, 1/12/2020| 3:30 PM

On the exhibition’s final day, join Lauren Turner, Assistant Curator for the Collection, for one last look. Free, no RSVP needed.






Unidentified artist, American, Woman and Mirror, 1940s, gelatin silver print, 4 1/2 × 2 3/4 in. (11.4 × 7 cm). Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Ackland Fund, 2017.24.7.

SOLD OUT A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography

16 Nov 2019 |10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A Day with Jonah Bokaer Choreography
Free, RSVP requested for performance of Odalisques.

Experience the Ackland Art Museum’s current exhibition She Who Tells a Story: Women Photographers from Iran and the Arab World through the lens of world-renowned choreographer, dancer, and Carolina Performing Arts/Mellon Foundation Discovery through Iterative Learning (DisTIL) fellow Jonah Bokaer. The day will feature both a durational work in the galleries choreographed by Bokaer and a performance choreographed and danced by the artist. These events are hosted in partnership with Carolina Performing Arts as part of Bokaer’s DisTIL residency:

Jehan Sadat in Three Dimensions
*New Commission*
Durational Performance (Trio), 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Dancers of Jonah Bokaer Choreography perform a new trio inside the exhibition She Who Tells a Story

        Costume Design | Special Collaboration: Austin Scarlett

Solo by Jonah Bokaer, 4 p.m.

Choreographed and performed by Jonah Bokaer in the Ackland’s ART& space. Seating is limited; RSVP below.

The 4:00 pm solo is sold out. Please email to be placed on a wait list.

Bokaer’s choreographic work — often performed in museums and/or in response to visual art — frequently draws on his Middle Eastern and American heritage to explore ideas of orientalism in the art world. Inspired by the photography of She Who Tells a Story, Bokaer has organized a day of live choreography in the galleries that allows visitors to examine similar themes in the Ackland’s exhibition, offering an immersive art-viewing and performance experience.

This program has been made possible by the generous support of Austin Scarlett and Smith Freeman. It has also been funded in part by a grant from Arts Everywhere.

RSVP Below!


Jonah Bokaer has cultivated a new form of Choreography merged with Visual Art & Design. American and Middle Eastern, he is among the most widely distributed artists to have emerged since the post-modern era. Jonah Bokaer Choreography has authored 63 original works, produced in 34 nations, 27 of the United States, and 292 cities – including 41 Museum Exhibitions worldwide. Bokaer is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation DisTIL Fellow at Carolina Performing Arts (2018-2020). More info at

IMAGE: Arabesque (2019), Photography, Digital Software, Graphite, Ink, and Acrylic © Jonah Bokaer

2nd Friday ArtWalk – Way Out West

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

2nd Friday ArtWalk
Friday, August 9, 2019

5:00-6:00 PM | EXPLORE Way Out West during our 2nd Friday ArtWalk evening hours

6:00-7:00 PM | PANEL: Perspectives on Way Out West

  • Elizabeth Broun, Director Emerita of the Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • John Coffey, Deputy Director for Art and Jim and Betty Becher Curator of American and Modern Art at the North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Dana Cowen, Sheldon Peck Curator for European and American Art before 1950 at the Ackland Art Museum

Panel is free and open to the public, but RSVP is requested.

7:00 PM | BOOK DISCUSSION: Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller and Way Out West 

Our popular book discussion program co-hosted by Carolina Public Humanities is back with look at Leslie Marmon Silko’s Storyteller in the context of Way Out West.

Join Jennifer Howard, doctoral candidate in English and Comparative Literature, and Carolyn Allmendinger, Ackland’s Director of Academic Programming, in the new landscapes and artifacts exhibition Way Out West for a lively, interdisciplinary discussion of Storyteller, Leslie Marmon Silko’s groundbreaking book blending original short stories and poetry with Native American folk tales, autobiographical passages, and photographs.

We invite you to arrive early and enjoy an optional Way Out West pubic panel discussion from 6:00-7:00 pm.

Cost: $38 per person, includes a copy of the book, light snacks, and a reserved seat at the optional public panel discussion. Register here or call Carolina Public Humanities at 919.962.1544. 

2nd Friday ArtWalk at the Ackland
Every second Friday of the month, the Ackland participates as a venue in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro 2nd Friday ArtWalk, staying open until 9:00 PM and offering a variety of interactive, all-ages activities in addition to all exhibitions being open to visitors. Admission is free.

RSVP for PANEL: Perspectives on Way Out West

Music in the Galleries: Ryan Dial-Stanley


Courtesy of the artist

Ryan Dial-Stanley, a member of the Lumbee Tribe, is a well-known flutist, performing artist, and educator. Mr. Dial-Stanley is currently a student in the UNC School of Medicine majoring in Clinical Lab Science. He has traveled across the state of North Carolina presenting programs on the history and culture of the Lumbee Tribe. In addition to his studies, Mr. Dial-Stanley is also the powwow co-chair of the Carolina Indian Circle and President of Phi Sigma Nu, the first Native American Fraternity.



Drawing for Tweens (AM Session)

This program invites 10- to 13-year-olds to look at selected works in the Ackland’s galleries and identify techniques that the artists used to make them. Gallery teachers demonstrate and teach participants technical skills, which they can then apply to their own artistic creations. A mix of drawing from works on display and creating one’s own original works is offered in each session. Materials are provided.

Free to members | $5 per child for non-members.


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.

Rescheduled Art for Lunch: Dr. Suzanne Lye

Art for Lunch
24 April 2019 | 12:30 PM

Bindings and curses, love charms and healing potions, amulets and talismans – from simple spells to complex group rituals, ancient societies made use of both magic and religion to influence the world around them. Join Professor Suzanne Lye for a discussion of magic and religion in the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and learn about objects on display in Ackland Upstairs for her undergraduate course “Ancient Magic & Religion.”

Suzanne Lye, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics at the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her interests include Homer and Homeric Reception, Greek literature and culture, mythology, and ancient religion and magic.

Bring your own bag lunch.




  • Rosemary Lot – 100 E Rosemary St    $1.50/hour
  • Wallace Parking Deck – 150 E Rosemary St       $1/hour

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.