Across North Carolina this fall a plethora of exhibitions are scheduled featuring everything from chairs, quilts and works on paper to two new commissions of works celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal.
Many of these exhibitions continue through the first of the year so there’s plenty of time to plan a fall leaf peeping getaway with indoor splendors for the eyes and the imagination.
Below is a list of a few of the exhibitions on view now through early March. To find out about additional exhibitions in your area visit your local arts council and arts & cultural calendar or www.NCCulture.com
School Pride: The Eastern NC Story an Installation by Willie Cole
Through November 2, Wilmington
In observance of the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act (July 2, 1964) the Cameron Art Museum in Wilmington is featuring nationally renowned artist Willie Cole’s (American, b. 1955) new installations investigating the struggle of a community for equality in education. In the search for source material, museum staff and volunteers have spent hours digitizing photographs from alumni and teachers from sixteen Cape Fear area schools in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, Pender and New Hanover counties which were closed during desegregation. The story that emerged is one of pride: school pride, community pride and pride in the battle well fought for educational equality. “The visual intent is to create a multi-gallery installation that reflects the pride and loss of sixteen North Carolina African-American Schools that were eventually closed as a result of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” Cole states. “The fact that many school districts in this country have been re-segregated through socio-economics and classicism shows that there is no quick fix to racism. In that sense commemoration becomes a reminder of not only how far we’ve come but also how far we have to go.”
McColl Center for Art + Innovation
Through November 22, Charlotte
In celebration of McColl Center for Art + Innovation’s 15th Anniversary, a major exhibition of mixed media sculptures, videos, and site-specific installations will be presented by 1999 McColl Center Alumnus Marek Ranis.
Reynolda House Museum of American Art
The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design
Through December 31, Winston-Salem
The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design features 43 chairs representing two centuries of American history, design and craftsmanship. Reynolda House is the exhibition’s only venue, displaying its own decorative arts collection in its original setting.
The Art of Seating presents iconic and historic chairs dating from the early 1800s to today’s studio furniture movement. The exhibition provides an opportunity for visitors to see readily recognizable pieces from the Arts and Crafts movement and the mid-century Modern period alongside rare and exceptionally well-preserved antiques. Curated by Ben Thompson, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Jacksonville, Fla., the exhibition takes the viewer into the design studio, sharing stories behind the designs, patent drawings and artist renderings. Selections from the Jacobsen Collection of American Art offer a stylistic journey in furniture with showstoppers by John Henry Belter, George Hunzinger, the Herter Brothers, the Stickley Brothers, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Isamu Noguchi, Frank Gehry and others. The exhibition features both contemporary and historic designs by some of the leading furniture manufacturers such as Knoll, Herman Miller and Steelcase.
The exhibition also has inspired a number of collaborative exhibits and programs throughout the Piedmont Triad, including collaborations with High Point University, the Center for Design Innovation, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts and the High Point Furniture Market Authority. www.reynoldahouse.org.
Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA)
Kevin Jerome Everson: Gather Round
October 1 to December 1, 2014, Winston-Salem
The exhibition Gather Round consists of films by Kevin Jerome Everson shot in the South and Southeast, including North Carolina, as well as objects Everson has fashioned that make cameos in these films. His work offers a frank and poetic worldview of life and labor in America, particularly in the South. Remembered floods, divided cities, imagined activist histories, disavowed industries, such as the auto industry—these forms of life and issues are regarded by Everson with as much care as the people in his films: rural elders with personal recollections, boisterous young girls at a fairgrounds, day laborers, cowboys and magicians. The exhibition is a partnership between Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and SECCA.
Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNC-Greensboro
Art on Paper 2014: The 43rd Exhibition
Through December 14, 2014, Greensboro
Since 1965, the Weatherspoon’s Art on Paper exhibition has charted a history of contemporary art through outstanding works on paper. Through the ongoing commitment of xpedx (formerly the Dillard Paper Company) and The Dillard Fund, the Weatherspoon has been able to acquire works from each Art on Paper exhibition for the Dillard Collection, which today numbers nearly 600 works. Art on Paper 2014 includes 34 emerging and established artists who have created unique works using paper as their primary medium. North Carolina artists featured in the show include John Maggio (Greensboro), elin o’Hara slavick (Chapel Hill), Leah Sobsey (Chapel Hill), Damian Stamer (Brooklyn, NY and Hillsborough), Christopher Thomas (Climax) and Harriet Hoover (Greensboro) as well as artist across the U.S., Singapore, Brazil and Canada.
Davidson College, Van Every Gallery/Smith Galleries
Jaume Plensa’s works on paper and sculpture
October 16 through December 17, Davidson
Jaume Plensa is one of the world’s foremost sculptors working in the studio and public arena for the last 30 years. This exhibition —Plensa’s first comprehensive exhibition in North Carolina —features works on paper as well as sculptural works in bronze and steel. He will lecture at Davidson College on Thursday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the Chambers Building. An opening reception with a brief gallery talk is scheduled Friday, Oct. 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. with a brief gallery talk at 6 p.m. All the works featured in the exhibition were created in the past three years and several have never before exhibited in the United States, including Nuage VI, Rui Rui’s Dream and Sanna’s Dream. Many of the artworks in the exhibition complement Plensa’s Waves III, a sculpture recently installed on Davidson’s campus.
UNC Charlotte, Projective Eye Gallery
ICARUS: An exploration of the human urge to fly
October 10 to January 1, 2015 Charlotte
ICARUS: An exploration of the human urge to fly is an imaginative and kaleidoscopic vision of physical flight and the psychological implications of ascension and descent. Combining existing work by internationally known artists with new commissioned pieces by outstanding regional artists, ICARUS explores this inheritance from contemporary perspectives, while referencing greatness from our past. The exhibition includes multiple disciplines: photography, poetry, film, sculpture, prints, performance art and costume design. Artists include Ryan Buyssens, Christopher Davis, Jennifer Fadel, Damien Hirst, Kahn & Selesnick, Marcus Kiser, Ashley Lathe, Dorne Pentes, Paul Villinski, Jennifer Marie Wallace, Rosalia Torres-Weiner and Aggie Zed.
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Small Treasures: Rembrandt, Vermeer, Hals and Their Contemporaries
October 11, 2014 through January 4, 2015, Raleigh
Featuring 66 paintings by the world’s greatest Dutch and Flemish painters, including Anthony van Dyck, Adriaen Brouwer, David Teniers, Frans Hals, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Jan Steen and many others, Small Treasures is the first exhibition to focus exclusively on small-format 17th-century Dutch and Flemish figure paintings. Many of the century’s greatest masters contributed to this tradition and are featured in the exhibition. Drawn primarily from public and private collections throughout the United States, the works in Small Treasures showcase the quality, skill and diversity these artists brought to their small miracles in paint. Viewers encounter various portrait formats and types, including group and individual portraits, self-portraits, allegorical portraits and tronies, a Dutch word for faces or character studies. A handful of genre and history paintings are also shown in order to provide a larger context for the portraits.
Black Mountain College Museum and Arts Center
Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets
Through January 10, 2015, Asheville
Dan Rice, a lyrical abstract expressionist painter, was a key figure in the 1940s and ‘50s at Black Mountain College and in the art world centered on New York’s legendary Cedar Tavern. The exhibition features mostly works on paper. His friends included fellow artists de Kooning, Kline, Rothko, Pollock, Rauschenberg and many others, along with poets such as Robert Creeley and Charles Olson. Rice’s work is re-evaluated in this exhibition curated by Brian E. Butler. A full color 72-page catalogue accompanies this exhibition. This show will serve as the visual counterpoint to ReVIEWING Black Mountain College 6: The Writers of Black Mountain College, a three-day program, open to the public, which will focus on the legacy of the writers of Black Mountain College with a full schedule of speakers, panels and performances.
Contemporary Art Museum (CAM)
Limited Visibility: Contemporary Art from Latin America
October 3, 2014 to January 4, 2015, Raleigh
Curated by Patricia Garcia-Velez Hanna and Natalia Zuluaga of Miami, Florida, Limited Visibility features a selection of works from the collection of Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer of Asheville, N.C. and Merida, Mexico. In addition to the works in the Shull Fischer collection, the curators selected works by other leading artists from Latin America. Limited Visibility features sculpture, photography, mixed media, painting, video and installation. According to the curatorial statement: “Though the aims of each of the works in this exhibition are different —from a demand for political representation to the materialization of an otherwise ephemeral moment — the artists in Limited Visibility draw our attention to the omitted, giving it a kind of determination or persistence that is hard to ignore. In each case, the viewer is required a certain amount of belief to fill in that which is not visibly available — these are not riddles, but questions with actual answers in the form of artworks.”
Ackland Art Museum
PhotoVision: Selections from a Decade of Collecting
Through January 4, 2015
The Ackland Art Museum holds an impressive collection of approximately 2,000 photographs that has both regional and national significance, representing the entire history of the art form, from daguerreotypes and salted paper prints of the early nineteenth century to digital inkjet prints of the twenty-first century. More than 150 have been selected for PhotoVision. Thematic sections include Photography and Multiplicity, Sacred Spaces, Process and Product, and Staging the Image. Additional photography works will be juxtaposed in Ackland’s eight permanent collection galleries.
Center for Craft Creativity & Design
Gee’s Bend From Quilts to Prints
Through January 10, 2015, Asheville
Gee’s Bend: From Quilts to Prints examines the work of four well-known Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quilt makers: Mary Lee Bendolph (b. 1935), Loretta Pettway (b. 1942), Louisiana P. Bendolph (b. 1960) and Loretta Bennett (b. 1960) and their recent exploration of the art of printmaking. The quilts of Gee’s Bend have been the subject of national critical acclaim and popularity since they were first displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2002. Made by multiple generations of women from the isolated, rural community of Gee’s Bend (now Boykin), Alabama, these quilts have been compared to the high modernist paintings as well as improvisational jazz. The exhibition includes more than 40 objects, ranging from well-known 1960s work-clothes quilts made out of denim and corduroy to more recently made new generation quilts, which feature improvisations on traditional Gee’s Bend patterns. The exhibition will also travel to Warren Wilson College in a partnership with the Center for Craft & Design.
Harvey B. Gannt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Selected Works of J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.: Returning to Where the Artistic Seed was Planted
Through January 19, 2015, Charlotte
Eugene Grigsby (1918 – 2013) was born in Greensboro, N.C. and moved with his family to Charlotte when his father was appointed Principal of Second Ward High School. Growing up in Charlotte, the young Grigsby was fascinated by his surroundings and often tried to visualize how those images would appear if captured on paper or canvas. While collecting money on his paper route one day, Grigsby encountered Walker Foster, a self-taught stone mason and painter. Foster invited him into his studio and there young Grigsby discovered that African Americans could be artists. It was in that studio that J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.’s artistic seed was planted. This exhibit is comprised of 30 works of art that span the spectrum of Jefferson Eugene Grigsby, Jr’s extraordinary career. Selected Works of J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr.: Returning to Where the Artistic Seed was Planted, offers a glimpse into one aspect of his creative genius — his paintings — and traces them back to their origins.
Mint Museum Uptown
Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100
November 1 through February 1, 2015, Charlotte
Timed to coincide with the centennial of the opening of the Panama Canal in 1914, The Mint Museum will open Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100 at Mint Museum Uptown on November 1, 2014. This exhibition will feature a selection of more than 50 works of art drawn from important collections across the country, historical ephemera, and two new commissions created especially for the exhibition by the internationally-renowned contemporary artist Mel Chin and the award-winning author Anthony Doerr. Panama Canal at 100 is organized by the museum’s Senior Curator of American, Modern and Contemporary Art, Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, who drew his inspiration for the show from a painting by Alson Skinner Clark, on long term loan to the museum since 2010, depicting the excavation of the canal. Panama Canal at 100 is the first exhibition of its kind to bring together a broad sampling of art related to the canal and to position this art in a historical perspective. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Mint has commissioned a major new work of art, an installation titled SEA to SEE by Mel Chin, a former Artist-in-Residence at McColl Center for Art + Innovation now based in Burnsville, who was recently described in The New York Times as an artist who “has spent 40 years obliterating boundaries between science, education, politics and, perhaps most pointedly, people.” The Mint has also commissioned a new short story by author Anthony Doerr, entitled “The Fever Dreams of William Crawford Gorgas,” and will publish it in the exhibition catalogue. The story immerses viewers in a richly crafted narrative that follows the life of William Crawford Gorgas, an American doctor whose journey eventually led him to Panama to battle malaria and yellow fever.
The exhibition’s opening will coincide with the U.S. Commercial Service’s Discover Global Markets: The Americas 2014 Conference to be held in Charlotte. Jonathan D. Farrar, U.S. Ambassador to Panama, is scheduled to attend.
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Miró: the Experience of Seeing
Through February 22, 2015, Durham
This exhibition features more than 50 masterpieces by Spanish-born artist Joan Miró. Durham is the only East Coast location for Miró: The Experience of Seeing, a presentation of the final 20 years of Miró’s career. The exhibition includes 27 sculptures, 18 paintings and six drawings, some of them more than six feet tall. All works are on loan from Spain. The exhibition will be complemented by free programs at the Nasher Museum, including Family Day events; a talk by Marshall N. Price, Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; Spanish wine tastings and musical performances; gallery tours and drawing sessions; teacher workshops and more.
Asheville Art Museum
X, Y + Z: Dimensions in Sculpture
Through February 8, 2015, Asheville
This is an exhibition of contemporary works of art, highlighting a variety of three-dimensional pieces. The works featured in this show are sculptural, but anchored to the wall rather than the floor. The works’ dimensionality shows off various processes and materials that engage the audiences by jumping from the wall and into the gallery. These works enter the viewer’s space, asking them to interact with the work in a manner different from traditional painting or sculpture. The exhibition features work from the Museum’s Permanent Collection and private local collections.
Line Touch Trace
Through March 8, 2015, at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh
Organized by the Greenhill in Greensboro hand-drawn works by 13 North Carolina artists who use graphite, ballpoint pen, conté crayon, ink, or charcoal to explore drawing in its relationship to thought processes are featured in this exhibition. The artists use line, touch, and trace in works that communicate mental states, project invented worlds, or portray moments of contemplation. The range of approaches presented attests to the effervescence of drawing and its contribution to contemporary art. The exhibition includes works by Selena Beaudry, Tamie Beldue, Lori Esposito, Kiki Farish, John Gall, John Hill Jr., Fritz Janschka, Kenn Kotara, Kreh Mellick, Matthew Micca, Ippy Patterson, Isaac Payne, and Jason Watson.
Hickory Museum of Art
Thoughts Left Visible: Paul Whitener’s Process
Through March 29, 2015
Celebrating 70 years as an art museum, this exhibition pays tribute to Paul Whitener who was the founder and the first director of the museum which he started in 1944. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with 1944: A War, The People, A New Museum which opens October 25. In addition to starting the Hickory Museum of Art, Whitener was also an artist, and this show re-creates part of his painting studio, with his actual painting bench and travel paint case. It features completed and unfinished paintings, offering insight into his painting process.