The Scrap Exchange is a funny place to some and a treasure trove to others. The pragmatist sees barrels of stuff ready for the recycling machine; the romantic sees glittery jewels, the makings of toys or the elements of a painting.
A new exhibit at the Durham Arts Council has drawn complaints about its placement in a gallery next to two dance studios that serve young students.
Sarah Anne Johnson (b. 1976) uses a variety of art techniques such as painting, sculpture and digital enhancement to enlarge the meanings of her photographs. What she does can best be explained through one of her pictures from the Arctic.
A pair of spectacular photographic exhibitions on Iraq by Lynsey Addario and James Longley are now on view in Durham. Both Addario and Longley are recipients of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.
Making art is a three-way partnership: the artist, the work of art, and the viewer. Think about it. Until that object has been seen by someone other than the artist, it is not complete. The collector, of course, is that spectator with the added dimension of having acquired not one, but several objects, from a particular artist.
“Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700,” from the Horvitz Collection, Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill, through April 5.
The Joan Miró exhibit at The Nasher Museum of Art is subtitled “The Experience of Seeing.” Friday, a group of museum visitors toured of the exhibit and got to express their personal experience of seeing by making sculptures using dried plants and other materials at the Sarah P. Duke gardens greenhouse.
The exhibition “Starring North Carolina: 100 Years, 3000 films” at the Museum of History in Raleigh through Sept. 6 is a survey about the movies and the important place North Carolina has in the industry.
The spring schedule is all about new work in the galleries and a new look at painting, sculpture and architecture in the museums. Stand-outs from just reading the lists are Francois Boucher (1703-1770) at the Ackland, the Freelon Associates at N.C. Central University’s Museum of Art and late 20th century art from the collection of Blake Byrne at the Nasher Museum of Art.
“Market Mixers: When Social & Market Norms Collide” runs through Dec. 31 at the Center for Advanced Hindsight, 2024 W. Main St., Erwin Mill, Bay C.
On display in the Durham Arts Council is an exhibit that shows through art how the leftovers of industrial boom reside with the natural landscape. It’s not Durham’s brick tobacco and mill buildings, but rather the legacy of another industry in another state, featured with two different mediums.
UNC music professor and composer Stephen Anderson has had a longtime interest in the Old Testament Book of Isaiah. He was commissioned to write a choral piece based on the book. Here is some video from the first rehearsal of his composition “Isaiah,” combining choir and string orchestra. The piece will premiere Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. in Hill Hall Auditorium. The Herald-Sun | Cliff Bellamy