BLUE GREENBERG: Mutu exhibit at Nasher tops spring art events

Jan. 03, 2013 @ 05:00 PM

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.
But that is not all. The N.C. Museum of Art will feature an exhibit about how artists use time, and how art is used to manipulate or transform time. At the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, 52 works of art engage with love as a political force and a model for the exchange of knowledge. And at Contemporary Art Museum magic, cartoons and landscapes will boggle our minds. Forget everything else. This spring promises wonderful things in art. The spring schedule follows:

-- N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh.
“Word Up: The Intersection of Text and Image,” through Jan. 20.
“Project 35,” through June 2.
“Dwelling Interiors by Page H. Laughlin and Pamela Pecchio,” Feb. 10-July 28.
“Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum,” March 3-May 26.
“0 to 60: Experience of Time through Contemporary Art,” March 24-Aug. 11.

-- Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham.
“Light Sensitive: Photographic Works from North Carolina Collections,” Feb. 14-May 12.
“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” March 21-July 21.

-- N.C. Central University Art Museum, Durham.
“Durham’s Finest,” Jan. 22 – Feb. 10.
“Ivey Hayes: A Retrospective.” Feb. 19 - April 20.
“New Horizons: NCCU Artists.” April 26 - July 27.

-- Ackland Art Museum of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing Since the 1990s,” Feb. 1-March 31.

-- Gregg Museum of Art, N.C. State University, Raleigh.
“Farfetched: Mad Science, Fringe Architecture and Visionary Engineering,” Jan. 17-April 26.
“Humanature: Photographs of the Unnatural World by Peter Goin,” Jan. 17-April 26.

-- Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh.
“Everything We Are Capable of Seeing: Alistair McClymont,” Feb. 1-April 28
“Well, Here We Aren’t Again: Ryan Travis Christian,” Feb. 22-June 17
“Melanie Schiff,” May 17-Sept. 1.

-- Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Durham.
“Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital): Photographs by LaToya Ruby Frazier,” through Feb. 23.
“The Restraints: Open and Hidden, Gordon Parks’ Life Magazine Segregation Series,” through March 2.

-- Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham.
“Chung Chak: Half-Awake Dream Series: Photographs,” “Wendy DesChene, Platonicz: large-scale drawings,” Allenton Gallery. Jan. 18-March 3.
“Sauda Zahra, With These Hands: Quilting as Spiritual Journey.” Ella Fountain Pratt Legacy Gallery. Jan. 18-July 14.
“New works by Jeanne Heifetz: mixed-media wall hangings; “Resolving the Disquiet, a mixed-media/installation group show,” Allenton Gallery, March 15-May 5.
“Our House: Durham Arts Council School annual Faculty and Student Exhibition,” Semans Gallery. May 10-July 14.

-- Golden Belt: Room 100 Gallery, Supervised by Durham Art Guild, Durham.
“Joe McDonough,” February
“Suzy Andron,” March
“Lincoln Hancock,” April

-- Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill.
"Sudie Rakusin: Mixed media, Renaissance style" paintings and installations.” Jan. 6-27.
“Janet Oldham: Photography”, “Emily Jo Lees: Raku Ceramics,” Feb. 3-24.
“Jenny Blazing: acrylic and collage,” March 3-24
“Wushuan Vivien Burns: Chinese Water Colors,” March 31-April 28.

-- Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill.
“Blues.” Jan. 8-March 3.
“Nerys Levy, A Journey In Russia,” Jan. 8-Feb. 3
“Sudie Rakusin: Renaissance style paintings/installations,” Feb. 5-March 3.
“Frank Member Spotlight,” March 5 - May 5.
“Rubbish to Runway: Dresses made from recycled materials,” May 7 - July 7.

-- Craven Allen Gallery, Durham.
“Tom Kregel: A Life’s Work in Three Dimensions,” “Chad Hughes: Recent Paintings,” Feb. 23- March 30.
“Phil Freelon: Photographs,” April 13-June 1.

-- Outsiders Art and Collectibles, Durham
“The Art of the Late Reverend Albert Wagner,” Feb. 18 - March 15.
“Karl Mullen: Emerging Outsider Artist,” March 21 - April 12.
“Fresh Milk: New Works by Chris Milk Hulburt,” April 18 - May 10.

-- Jane Tyndall Gallery, Chapel Hill.
“Jane Filer: New Paintings,” March 14 - April 27.
“Lynn Boggess: New Paintings of the West Virginia Landscape,” May 2 - June 8.

-- Eno Gallery, Hillsborough
“The Art of the Still Life: Morag Charlton, Lisa Creed, Mike Hoyt, Alberto Ortega Rodas, Jennifer Miller, Karen Shelton, Anthony Ulinski,” Jan. 25-Feb. 17.
“Nancy Tuttle May: New Paintings,” Feb. 22-March 24.
“Michael Brown: New Paintings,” March 29-May 26.
“The Window’s View: Group Exhibition,” May 31-June 23.
“Jennifer Miller: New Paintings,” June 28-Aug. 25.

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