Feature Articles

February 2011

Some Exhibits That Are Still On View

Our policy at Carolina Arts is to present a press release about an exhibit only once and then go on, but many major exhibits are on view for months. This is our effort to remind you of some of them.


The Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Aesthetic Ambitions: Edward Lycett and Brooklyn’s Faience Manufacturing Company, featuring unique examples of American art pottery from the late 1800s, on view in the Bridges & Levine Galleries, through Feb. 26, 2012.

During the 1880s, the Faience Manufacturing Company (1881-1892), of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, earned critical acclaim for producing ornamental wares that introduced a new standard of excellence in American ceramics. These bold and eclectic wares displayed a synthesis of Japanese, Chinese, and Islamic influences characteristic of the Aesthetic Movement style. The firm owed its artistic and commercial success to Edward Lycett (1833-1910), an English china painter who became its artistic director in 1884.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call 704/337-2000 or visit (www.mintmuseum.org).


The NC Museum of History in Raleigh, NC, is presenting the exhibit, The Photography of Lewis Hine: Exposing Child Labor in North Carolina, 1908-1918, on view through Mar. 25, 2012.

In the early 1900s, most child workers in North Carolina textile mills labored 10 to 12 hours, six days a week. They toiled in hot, humid, lint-filled air that triggered respiratory diseases. They endured the deafening roar of textile machinery. They risked serious injury from dangerous, exposed gears and belts. They forfeited a childhood.

In 1908, the National Child Labor Committee hired photographer Lewis Hine to document the horrendous working conditions of young workers across the United States. That same year, he began visiting North Carolina’s textile mills, where about a quarter of all workers were under age 16. Some were as young as 6.

Peering from across a century, many of the children look much older than their actual years. Hine captured the harsh realities of their mill village lives in Cabarrus, Gaston, Lincoln, Rowan and other Tar Heel counties. His compelling photographs range from girls running warping machines in Gastonia to boys covered in lint after long hours as doffers and sweepers in a Hickory mill.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museum at 919/807-7900 or visit (www.ncmuseumofhistory.org).


The High Museum of Art in Atlanta, GA, will continue its collaboration with The Museum of Modern Art, New York (MoMA), with the exclusive presentation of the major exhibition, Picasso to Warhol: Fourteen Modern Masters, on view through April 29, 2012.

This exhibition will present approximately 100 works of art created by 14 of the most iconic artists from the 20th century: Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Constantin Brancusi, Fernand Léger, Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, Romare Bearden, Louise Bourgeois, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Picasso to Warhol will be one of the largest concentrations of modern art masterpieces to ever be exhibited in the southeastern United States.

For further information call the Museum at 404/733-4400 or visit (www.high.org).


The Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC, is presenting, Formed, Fired and Finished: North Carolina Art Pottery, on view through May 12, 2012.

The exhibit offers a collection of more than 90 pottery pieces on loan from Dr. Everett James and Dr. Nancy Farmer, of Chapel Hill, NC. Showcasing unusual works by talented potters, it represents the first and largest showing of NC pottery in Eastern North Carolina.

North Carolina’s art pottery tradition traces its lineage to the 1760s when immigrant potters, mostly from England and Germany, settled their families in Central North Carolina, known today as the Seagrove area. Living on remote farms built on rich deposits of clay, the families made pottery for sale and trade. This traditional ceramic ware was used up to the early 20th century when a movement known as Arts and Crafts was sweeping the country. With an eye toward traditional craftsmanship and simple forms, the potters adopted the movement and began converting their traditional pottery forms into stylized shapes with a new palette of glazes.

For more info check our NC Institutional gallery listings, call 252/335-0637 or visit (www.museumofthealbemarle.com).


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