Feature Articles

April 2013

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 North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, is presenting Seeds Up Close, which melds art and science in a tactile way by North Carolina artist Nancy Cook, on view through Apr. 7, 2013. The exhibition features layers of fabric, ink and thread to depict the intricate details found in the minutiae of nature. Working directly from collected seed specimens, Cook’s designs are based on research and sketching to clarify the architectural uniqueness of each species.

The Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, NC, is offering several new exhibitions including: In the Camps: Photographs by Erich Hartmann, on view through Apr. 14, 2013. Born in Munich, Germany, Erich Hartmann was sixteen when he came with his family to the United States as refugees from Nazi persecution. After the war he worked in New York City as assistant to a portrait photographer, and later as a free-lance photographer. In l952 he was invited to join Magnum Photos, an international photographers’ cooperative founded two years after the end of WWII. In his late years, Hartmann undertook a winter journey to photograph the mute and horrifying remains of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps, resulting in the book and exhibition In the Camps, published in l995 in four languages and exhibited in more than twenty venues in the US and Europe in the years since.

Brookgreen Gardens in Murrell’s Inlet, SC, is offering the exhibit Willard Hirsch: Charleston’s Sculptor, on loan from the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, on view through Apr. 21, 2013. A native of Charleston, SC, Willard Hirsch (1905–1982) trained at the National Academy of Design and the Beaux Arts Institute in New York during the 1930s. He worked as a sculptor in New York for nearly a decade and under the auspices of the New York Federal Art Project he contributed sculptural pieces to a number of that city’s public building projects. After serving in the military during WWII, Hirsch returned to Charleston where he felt his work could make a greater impact.

UNC - Greensboro in Greensboro, NC, is presenting Diana Al-Hadid, on view in the Bob & Lissa Shelley McDowell Gallery, at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, through May 5, 2013. This exhibition highlights Al-Hadid’s unique exploration of art historical references to examine sculptural and pictorial space. Born in Syria and raised in Ohio, the artist’s haunting works convey a world turned upside down. Her recent large-scale gypsum and metal sculptures, small bronzes, and drawings are inspired by myriad sources, including Italian and Northern Renaissance painting, Gothic architecture, and Hellenistic sculpture.

The Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC, is presenting Witness to History: Civil Rights Era Photographs by James Karales, on view through May 12, 2013. As part of the forthcoming 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the 50th anniversary of desegregation in South Carolina public education, the Gibbes Museum of Art is showcasing an iconic collection of Civil Rights Era photographs by acclaimed photographer James Karales. Engaged as a photo-journalist for Look magazine, Karales witnessed and documented many historic events during the Civil Rights movement, and created some of the era’s most iconic images.

The North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, NC, is presenting Dusty Roads, featuring digital photographs by Barbara Sammons, on view in the Master Mechanic’s Office through July 4, 2013. Candler, NC, photographer, Barbara Sammons, is on the road again with her Dusty Roads photography collection; a collection of 41 digital photographs of old cars, trucks and tractors she finds as she travels the back roads of North and South Carolina.

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