Invitations to artists come for a variety of reasons: There is a call to spotlight landscapes or portraits or abstractions. The group at the Ackland Museum Store gallery, however, has studios at Durham’s Golden Belt complex, and that is the common thread that brings them to Chapel Hill.
The Semans Gallery is the first art space in the Durham Arts Council building and sometimes gets bypassed.
A current exhibition at North Carolina Central University’s Art Museum is about buildings for the general population commissioned and designed by Durham’s Freelon Group and its founder Philip Freelon (b. 1952).
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.
At the Nasher Museum of Art: “Open This End: Contemporary Art from the Collection of Blake Byrne” through July 12 and “Area 919: Artists in the Triangle” through April 12.
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 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.
It is that time of the year when lists appear about everything and, not to be outdone, here is one more. Looking at the last 12 months is a necessary exercise; it brings into focus the quality of art we see on a regular basis in the Triangle. That high standard includes local, national and international artists.
“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.
The Scrap Exchange has moved. They have finally found a permanent home at 2050 Chapel Hill Road (the Lakewood Shopping Center site) and it is a spiffed up warehouse type building, painted white on the outside and, miraculously, organized on the inside. In fact, according to Cameron Gallery Coordinator Roderick McClain, the regular patrons are not certain they like being able to find stuff. What makes the Scrap Exchange and places like it so inviting is the chance to ferret out special treasures before someone else finds them.
In 1910 James E. Shepard founded a liberal arts college for black men (and women) in Durham, and 30 years later the school opened its Art Department, with a major in art. Sound simple? It was extraordinary because across the American black academic world two of the greatest African-American scholars, Booker T. Washington (1856-1915) and W.E.B. DuBois (1868-1963), were fighting over the soul of education for the country’s young African-Americans who were the first generation born out of slavery.