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WAM Teen Art Guides Get Guilford County Art Teachers Talking

 
WAM Teen Art Guides were present to lead their first official tour of the season

WAM Teen Art Guides were present to lead their first official tour of the season

On Thursday, November 17, eight of the WAM Teen Art Guides were present to lead their first official tour of the season—for the Guilford County School’s middle and secondary art teachers. Students worked in teams to engage the teachers in looking at and discovering the art works in Persona: a Body in Parts—an exhibition about identity, how we present ourselves to others and how others perceive us.

Being an effective tour guide is not as simple as it may appear. One has to know how to ask the right questions to get people looking—and then talking. One has to be an active and sensitive listener to know when to impart information.

WAM’s Teen Art Guides are from Grimsley High School and Weaver Academy.  Some have been Guides for almost a year, and others started with the group in October.  In addition to learning how to get others as excited about art as they themselves are, these teens are having a variety of experiences in the museum. Over the course of the year they will have the opportunity to meet museum staff, interview visiting artists, create audio guides for visitors, and volunteer at a variety of fun museum events. Be sure to look for them when you visit the Weatherspoon!

Pictured left to right:  Claire Foust, Kevin Walser, Olya  Sheikina, Shamira Azlan, Matthew Ribar, and Maura Hatzman.  Not pictured: Emery Kiefer, Angele Gray

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Woodblock Printmaking with Artist Mona Wu

 
Woodblock Printmaking with Artist Mona Wu

Woodblock Printmaking with Artist Mona Wu

June 29 + 30, 2011

Participants in Mona Wu’s woodblock printmaking workshop had the opportunity to try their hand at two types of prints: a simple black and white print and a three color reduction print. Inspiration for the workshop came from Weatherspoon’s exhibition: Encore: Japanese Actor Prints from the Permanent Collection.

To kick things off, we learned about traditional Japanese carving and printing techniques and were fortunate to have Dr. David Phillips from Wake Forest University, who would lecture about the prints on Thursday evening, join us in the workshop. Weatherspoon registrars, Heather Moore and Myra Scott, also brought an actual Japanese woodblock from vault to gallery for everyone to view.

Getting down to work, participants used modern techniques and tools, including the presses in the Gatewood print studio, to make their images come to life over the course of two full and inspiring days.

Visit our museum Event Photo page for images from the workshop.

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Judy Pfaff exhibition installation in progress !

 

Judy Pfaff installation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Judy Pfaff installation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in the Falk Gallery

Last Tuesday night (January 4), Judy Pfaff and her assistant Rob van Erve arrived from New York with a 26 ft. truck full of artwork. Wednesday morning, they and Weatherspoon staff got busy unloading the truck, which was chock-a-block with countless small and large pieces of metal, tree limbs, paper lanterns and other equipment and unidentifiable materials to be used in Judy Pfaff’s installation. Over the course of the past two days, these parts have been gradually evolving into a marvelous installation in the Weatherspoon’s Falk Gallery. Here are pics of what the space looked like as they started unloading the truck, and what it looked like this morning. In the coming days, the work will continue to progress and transform into a beautiful exhibition that opens next Thursday.

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News Flash: Allora & Calzadilla to Represent United States at 54th Venice Art Biennale

 
A Man Screaming is Not a Dancing Bear

Allora & Calzadilla, "A Man Screaming is Not a Dancing Bear", 2008, Still from Super 16mm film transferred to HD video. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery, New York.

You might have heard the news that the artistic duo Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla will represent the United States at the 2011 Venice Biennale. But what you might not have known is that they will also be presenting a show right here at the Weatherspoon Art Museum. Originally hailing from Philadelphia and Havana, Cuba, respectively, this innovative couple/artistic duo are based in San Juan, Puerto Rico and have been collaborating since 1995. We are excited to present a video installation by Allora & Calzadilla here at the Weatherspoon next summer, June 18 to September 17, 2011.

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Top Five Things to do in Charleston, SC

 
Stacy Lynn Waddell at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Stacy Lynn Waddell at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, SC

Top Five Things to do in Charleston, SC (a suggested itinerary)

1.  Visit Stacy Lynn Waddell: The Evidence of Things Unseen at the Gibbes Museum of Art!
I drove down along country roads from Greensboro last Thursday night (Sept 2) for what turned out to be a very well attended opening at the Gibbes Museum of Art. The show was co-curated by me and Gibbes curator Pam Wall and I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be able to introduce Stacy’s profoundly beautiful work to South Carolina audiences. Some of you may remember seeing Stacy’s work at the Weatherspoon in Art on Paper 2008. For this show, the artist expanded her branding and singeing techniques to further explore personal identity based on real and imagined cultural histories.

2.  Charleston is an ideal site for Stacy’s work and the connections she makes to the history of the slave trade in the United States. These can be further examined just three blocks from the Gibbes at 6 Chalmers St., the site of the Old Slave Mart.

3.  Later on, I can recommend a visit to FIG restaurant for dinner. For you foodies out there, if you haven’t been before you should know that it is quite a treat to enjoy the food in Charleston, and FIG is one of the most delicious places in town.

4.  The next morning, check out David Stern’s recent show at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, College of Charleston. The Halsey’s recently renovated exhibition space is wonderful and Stern’s thick, luscious paintings will give you an appetite for your next top thing, which for me was….

5.  Hominy Grill – the perfect place to enjoy a wonderful, savory lowcountry brunch on the patio.

If you can’t make it to Charleston this fall to see Stacy’s show, not to worry, we’ll present it here at the Weatherspoon from January 22 – April 17, 2011.

- Xandra Eden, Curator of Exhibitions

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