Feature Articles

March 2014

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.

Cabarrus Arts Council in Concord, NC, is presenting Human Nature, a group exhibition featuring artwork depicting figures and landscapes in a variety of media, on view in The Galleries, located in the Cabarrus County Historic Courthouse, through Mar. 13, 2014. The exhibition includes artwork by 13 contemporary Southern artists including: Byron Baldwin, Regina Burchett, James Daniel, Carolyn DeMeritt, Holly Fischer, Isabel Forbes, Tim Ford, Harriet Goode, Paul Keysar, Gayle Stott Lowry, Beth Tarkington, Kelly Thiel and Karen Reese Tunnell.

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, is presenting the exhibit Partisans: Social Realism in American Art, on view in the West Bedroom Gallery, on view through Mar. 16, 2014. Ben Shahn, Philip Evergood, Thomas Hart Benton, and Grant Wood were among hundreds of artists employed by the Works Progress Administration, the New Deal agency that provided work for laborers of all kinds. This democratization of art-making combined with the prevailing economic crisis to inspire art that depicted and criticized social and political structures.

Theatre Art Galleries in High Point, NC, is presenting four exhibits including: an exhibition of works by Murry Handler, on view in the Main Gallery; an exhibition of works by Jean Cauthen, Kate Worm, and Stephen Brooks, on view in Gallery B; HEALING SEEKERS: A Photography Exhibit, on view in the Hallway Gallery; and the Annual Middle School Art Exhibition featuring works of art by many of Guilford County’s Middle school artists, on view in the Kaleidoscope Gallery. The exhibits are on view through Mar. 21, 2014.

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is presenting two special exhibitions: Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection and The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston, both on view through Mar. 23, 2014. In the Main gallery, Romantic Spirits examines the core concepts of the Romantic Movement as it unfolded in fine art of the American South. In the Rotunda Galleries, The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston examines the influence of Japanese prints on the artists of the Charleston Renaissance period who found inspiration in the dynamic compositions and bold color schemes of woodblock prints created by masters of Japan’s ukiyo-e school.

The Spartanburg Art Museum, located at the Chapman Cultural Arts Center, in Spartanburg, SC, is presenting Abstract Invitational, on view through Mar. 29, 2014. Artists participating in the exhibition included: Daniel Bare, Martyn Bouskila Felicia van Bork, Linda Hudgins, Robert Levin, Dale McEntyre, Christopher Rico and Valerie Zimany.

Duke University in Durham, NC, is presenting Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, on view at the The Nasher Museum of Art, through May 11, 2014. The Nasher Museum presents the first sustained examination of the remarkable paintings of Archibald John Motley, Jr. (1891-1981), a master colorist and radical interpreter of urban culture. Motley has captured worldwide attention with his brilliant yet idiosyncratic paintings known for rainbow-hued, syncopated composition. For the first time, this exhibition introduces his work within an international context. Archibald Motley includes 45 works from each period of Motley’s long career, depicting modern African American life in Chicago, portraits and archetypes, Jazz Age Paris, and 1950s Mexico.

The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, is presenting Social Geographies: Interpreting Space and Place, curated by Dr. Leisa Rundquist, on view through May 18, 2014. The art world operates within geographic frameworks. Spatial divisions between “inside” and “outside” impact how the art world describes, identifies and validates artists featured within the exhibition. Whether deemed “outsider” – Henry Darger, Martín Ramírez, George Widener – or “self-taught” – Thornton Dial, Sr., Minnie Evans, Lonnie Holley – these artists bear categorical markers that organize their art but do not adequately speak of their art’s unique qualities and circumstances.

The Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC, is presenting Reynolda Moderns, on view in the Northeast Bedroom Gallery, through June 1, 2014. Reynolda Moderns, developed in conjunction with the Museum’s upcoming exhibition American Moderns 1910–1960: From O’Keeffe to Rockwell (on view through May 4, 2014), highlights the strengths of the Museum’s collection of early 20th-century modernism and select loans. The painters in this small exhibition of eight works took the tenets of modernism developed by avant-garde European artists and translated them into a distinctively American idiom.

Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, is presenting Bearing Witness: The New York Photo League and Sonia Handelman Meyer, featuring works by this 93-year-old Charlotte photographer, on view through June 29, 2014. The New York Photo League was established in 1936, and centered on the exploration of the power of photography to effect social change and capture the lives of ordinary people as they had never before been depicted. And now, the work of this era – focusing in particular on the remarkable photography of Sonia Handelman Meyer of Charlotte – is on view in a special exhibition at Mint Museum Randolph.

The NC Museum of History in Raleigh, NC, is presenting Formed, Fired and Finished: Art Pottery from the James-Farmer Collection, on view through Aug. 3, 2014. “The exhibition showcases examples of the transition to art pottery and its results,” said Michael Ausbon, Associate Curator of Decorative Arts. “The pottery in the exhibit represents some of the influential potters, families and individuals who contributed to the change to art pottery in North Carolina.” The exhibit also features works by contemporary potters Ben Owen III of Seagrove, NC, Mark Hewitt of Chatham County, NC, and others who continue the art pottery tradition.


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