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.

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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.



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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.

Last Look Tour: “The Beautiful Brain”

On the exhibition’s final day, join Peter Nisbet, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, for a final reflection on the captivating Cajal drawings and contemporary scientific images of The Beautiful Brain.

About The Beautiful Brain

Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s drawings of the brain are both aesthetically astonishing and scientifically significant. The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal is the first museum exhibition to present these amazing works within their historical context.

Scientists throughout the world know Cajal (1852–1934) as the father of the study of the structure and function of the brain—i.e. modern neuroscience. One of his most important discoveries was that individual cells called neurons make up the brain (most late-19th century scientists believed that the brain was a continuous, interconnected network). The centerpiece of The Beautiful Brain is 80 original drawings by Cajal lent by the Cajal Institute in Madrid, Spain. Contemporary neuroscience imagery provides a context for these remarkable works. Read more…



The Beautiful Brain: The Drawings of Santiago Ramón y Cajal was organized by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota with the Cajal Institute, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Madrid, Spain.

The Ackland presentation of this exhibition has been made possible in part by generous support from Betsy Blackwell & John Watson and the UNC Neuroscience Center at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine.

Santiago Ramón y Cajal, calyces of Held in the nucleus of the trapezoid body, 1934, ink and pencil on paper. 5 5/8 × 3 5/8 in. (14.2 × 9.1 cm). Courtesy of Instituto Cajal (CSIC).


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).

Art for Lunch: Dr. Cecelia Cavanaugh



Art for Lunch with Dr. Cecelia Cavanaugh, SSJ
Creative Intersections in the Residencia de estudiantes:
Ramón y Cajal, García Lorca and their contemporaries

28 March 2019 | 12:20 PM

Join Dr. Cecelia Cavanaugh for a discussion of poet Federico García Lorca and his contemporary Santiago Ramón y Cajal. Learn more about the world of Cajal and his drawings as featured in The Beautiful Brain.

Cecelia Cavanaugh, SSJ, PhD, is the Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia. A former doctoral student at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Dr. Cavanaugh has since studied at the Instituto Cajal and the Fundación Federico Lorca. Her work closely examines the connections between art and science.

Her research focuses on neurobiology, Spanish art and literature, and poet Federico García Lorca . Santiago Ramón y Cajal met Lorca at the Residencia de Estudiantes in Madrid.

This Art for Lunch talk is co-sponsored by Dr. Terry Rhodes, Interim Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Image Credit: Federico Garcia Lorca at a microscope in Pío del Río Hortega´s laboratory. ©2011 Artists’ Rights Society (ARS) New York/VEGAP, Madrid.

Bring your own bag lunch.


Requested but not required. RSVP .

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