Uzzle Buzz: Wordless Wednesday

Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: <i>Bring Us Together, Peace Demonstration, Washington, D.C., 1970</i>

Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: Bring Us Together, Peace Demonstration, Washington, D.C., 1970, 1970; gelatin silver print. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Anonymous Gift, 2008.3.31. © Burk Uzzle.

“Uzzle Buzz” is a series of blog posts, written by various authors, that respond to or comment on some aspect of our exhibition All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle.

Meet the Staff: Lauren Turner

LAUREN TURNER is Assistant Curator for the Collection.

TurnerHow long have you been at the Ackland?
I started at the Ackland in January 2009 as a Curatorial Assistant.

What brought you to the Ackland?
My long-term goal was to work in a museum, and I was an undergraduate alumna of the Art Department at UNC-Chapel Hill. When the job posted, it seemed like it was a sign from the universe to return to campus. Also, in her annoying habit of inevitably being right, my mother told me that I would be an idiot to not apply.

What do you do at the Ackland?
My current title is “Assistant Curator for the Collection,” but it encompasses more than researching, growing, and exhibiting the almost 18,000 objects of our collection. I also coordinate catalogue publications, act as a project manager (and sometimes curator) for our changing exhibitions, and introduce interns and student assistants to the many different types of tasks in a museum career. Continue reading

Uzzle Buzz: Barn with Deer

“Uzzle Buzz” is a series of blog posts, written by various authors, that respond to or comment on some aspect of our exhibition All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle.

Patricia Leighten is Professor in the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University and guest curator of All About America.

Barn with Deer, 2009

Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: Barn with Deer, 2009; carbon print. 30 x 37-7/16 in. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The William A. Whitaker Foundation Fund, 2015.12.1. © Burk Uzzle.

Burk Uzzle’s travel across twentieth- and twenty-first-century America is a trip through time and across the land, resulting in a significant and diverse body of work. After his close involvement in a time of convulsing social conflict and change, Uzzle was able to move beyond photojournalism, broadening his perspective to look at many aspects of our culture. In each decade he experimented with media and with differing sizes of his prints. And in each case he conveyed his vision—from the dramatic to the whimsical—in a way best suited to the subject. Continue reading

Uzzle Buzz: Simple Summer Pleasures

“Uzzle Buzz” is a series of blog posts, written by various authors, that respond to or comment on some aspect of our exhibition All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle.

Emily Bowles is the Director of Communications at the Ackland Art Museum and an amateur photographer.

It isn’t even June yet, and many regions of the U.S. have already experienced hot weather. Memorial Day weekend is almost upon us, the “official” start of summer. Perhaps, in part, for these reasons, this photograph by Burk Uzzle—on view in our upcoming exhibition, All About America: Photographs by Burk Uzzle—is particularly appealing to me:

Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: River Bank Dive, Georgia, 2001, 2001. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anonymous Gift, 2008.3.47. © Burk Uzzle.

A boy backflips off a root-laced outcropping into a lazy river. It’s probably not his first jump: his hair is already wet and one imagines that he succumbed to the urge to cannonball into the water immediately upon arrival rather than merely wade in.

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Uzzle Buzz: So Close, it’s Scary (?)

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In just a few short weeks, the Ackland will unveil All About America, an exhibition of 40 remarkable photographs from the Museum’s collection by renowned photographer and North Carolina native Burk Uzzle.

Our show is presented in coordination with two other area exhibitions exploring the photographer’s work: Burk Uzzle: Southern Landscapes (Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University) and Burk Uzzle: American Chronicle (North Carolina Museum of Art).

Leading up to and during the show, we’ll have regular blog posts (“Uzzle Buzz”) with observations, comments, and responses to the show from photographers, writers, museum folks, and a wide range of enthusiasts. Check back frequently and look for the latest “Uzzle Buzz.”

Image: Burk Uzzle, American, born 1938: Mother and Child, Disney World, 1981, 1981; gelatin silver print. Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Anonymous Gift, 2008.3.42. © Burk Uzzle.