Klint Ericson and Erin Corrales-Diaz, UNC-Chapel Hill PhD art history candidates, have organized two exhibitions based on paintings, prints, sculpture and photographs from the permanent collections of the Ackland and several borrowed paintings from the N.C. Museum of Art. It is a win-win for the university, its museum, the art history department and the collaboration between the two museums. These students have been given the opportunity to put their skills to work in real situations.
Fiber artist Alice Levinson is showing at Horace Williams House and the third theme show for the very new Pleiades Gallery will feature dance, celebrating the American Dance Festival.
Against a background of photographs by nationally acclaimed artist Melanie Schiff, CAM (Contemporary Art Museum) is celebrating its first two years of operation in its renovated wholesale grocery building in downtown Raleigh. The photographs cover a four-year period when the artist was traveling between Los Angeles and Chicago; they are about the places she saw, the suggestion of past presences and how light plays its magic on those sights.
This week recycle is the name of the game. At the Frank Gallery couture is created with bottle caps, plastic food bags, twist ties and film strips; at the Ackland Museum Store, Victorian fantasies have been recycled by some of today’s artists who are part of the Steam Punk genre. Both shows are about flights of creative visions.
A judge dismissed Tracey Cline’s appeal of a previous dismissal of a suit she filed against Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson to obtain some of his emails.
Wangechi Mutu’s (b. 1972) heroine is the primordial goddess, half woman, half beast. She is inextricably bound to nature; she is part of but is master of the animals. She is one with the fruits and flowers of the fields and she is a meld of seductress, Amazon, vampire and redeemer. Throughout time woman has been demonized, objectified and idolized; just look at Greek mythology, the Bible or Hollywood and contemporary fashion. Mutu merges all those influences with her African culture and presents a woman who is beautiful, erotic, mysterious and powerful.
Traditionally time is not an element of the visual arts. The artists make the object and it is there exactly as it was created as long as it survives. Time, however, is basic to music and dance. As the composition is played or the dance is performed, the first bar disappears into the second and third so that this form of art can only be understood in sequence, never all at once
“Tom Kregel: A Life’s Work in Three Dimensions”; “Chad Hughes: Light Play,” Craven Allen Gallery, 1106 ½ Broad St., Durham, through March 30. For gallery hours, call 919-286-4837.
“Jenny Blazing: The Truck Series,” Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, through March 24. For information, call 919-942-7818.
“Transitions: movement, passage, change,” Durham Art Guild, 120 Morris St., Durham Arts Council building, through March 22. Gallery hours are Monday- Saturday 9 a.m. to – 9 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free. For information, call 919-560-2713 or visit www.durhamartguild.org.
Science is the core of most disciplines; sometimes, like in religion, it can seem at odds and at other times, as with art, it can enter into a comfortable merger. Currently science and art are partners at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) and the results are some traditional and very non-traditional objects.
Love is a “many splendored thing” and has many definitions. The poets have their specifications, the musicians theirs and the artists a complex set of interpretations. It is those artistic voices that have come together in the current exhibition about love at the Ackland.
The Outer Banks of North Carolina are very special to those of us who love the coast, especially its most rugged parts. Those islands protect the mainland of North Carolina from the Atlantic Ocean, and despite long rides to get to them, the summer population swells to six and a half times the permanent locals. It is just not in the nature of things to keep our beautiful areas free from tourists; tourism is essential for the economy and so hotels, restaurants and attractions like miniature golf, go-carts and souvenir shops abound.
There is not a reader among you, I would guess, who does not have a crazy relative who tinkers and invents or has friends who have such a person in their families. Just imagine all those ideas together in one place and you have some small idea about this exhibition at N.C. State’s Gregg Museum.
Since the American Revolution and before, when North Carolina was a British colony, the state’s governors had their own old boys’ network and their wives were the first ladies. That changed when Beverly Perdue (2009-2013) was elected to office. She broke the glass ceiling and became the state’s 68th governor and the 28th one to live in the Governor’s Mansion. Experts on protocol had to rename the category of the governor’s spouse and so her husband, Robert Eaves Jr., became the first gentleman, and from now on, the spouse of the sitting governor will be referred to as first spouse.
This spring, art in the Triangle is a fascinating assortment of themes that consider ideas about time, love, the magic of electronics and installations by Wangechi Mutu, to name just a few. In her first major solo exhibition in the United States, the star show will be the Nasher’s presentation of Mutu, a Kenyan-American, internationally renowned, with exhibitions from Canada to London to Paris. Her concerns are the violence visited upon women, especially black women in the contemporary world. She also tackles issues pertaining to globalization through her Afro-futurist lens. Mutu is a major artist; having her art here is a coup for the Nasher and the Triangle.