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The Final 3

 
Kate Gilmore's "Wall Bearer"

"Wall Bearer" performers

Time has just flown by and now we are down to the final three live performances of Kate Gilmore‘s Wall Bearer at the Weatherspoon.  I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to the artist and all of the performers  of this work, who have been so amazing to get to know.

Here’s a picture of the whole group!  Back row (left to right): Jennifer Schenck, Heather Flow, Rebecca Henderson, Mary Piepmeier, Kate Gilmore, Valerie Osipova, and Diana Dau. Front row (left to right): Tiffany Littlejohn, Claire Wardlaw, Melanie Harris, Katie Tyler, Kim Yancey, Gracelee Lawrence, and Arleen Westmoreland.

The dates and times for the final performances of Wall Bearer are:

Thursday, December 1, 3:30-6:30 pm

Saturday, December 3, 2-5 pm

Saturday, December 10, 2-5 pm

We are also excited to see a review of Persona: A Body in Parts by Tom Patterson in the Winston Salem Journal.

- posted by the exhibition’s Curator, Xandra Eden

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The 70th Anniversary Book Wins Two Awards this Fall!

 
The exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting was a great success and now its companion publication received two awards this Fall

The exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting was a great success and now its companion publication received two awards this Fall

The exhibition, Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting was a great success in 2011, and now its companion publication has received two design awards this Fall: “Outstanding Exhibition and Catalogue of Historical Materials” from the Southeastern College Art Conference and “2011 Silver Award for Outstanding Design” from the Southeastern Museums Conference.

The Weatherspoon published the catalog early in 2011.  Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting included a history of the Museum and full-color reproductions and entries on each of the 100 featured works.  The entries are written by the art history faculty in the UNCG Department of Art, and the Museum’s director and curators: K. Porter Aichele, George Dimock, Nancy M. Doll, Xandra Eden, Richard Gantt, Carl Goldstein, Ann Grimaldi, Elaine D. Gustafson, Heather Holian, Elizabeth Perrill, and Will South.

The objects included in the book represent each decade from the turn of the twentieth century to the first decade of this century. Among those showcased are works by Henri Matisse, David Smith, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Eva Hesse, Robert Rauschenberg, and Elizabeth Murray.  Although the majority of the artists represented in the Weatherspoon’s collection are recognized for their long, successful careers, the inclusion of a few younger artists demonstrates the museum’s commitment to “promising new voices.”  The first significant publication to focus on the Weatherpoon’s collections70 Years of Collecting guarantees to be an informative and enjoyable read.

In 1941 Gregory D. Ivy, an artist, teacher, and the first head of the art department at Woman’s College, founded the Weatherspoon Art Gallery. Ivy was motivated by his belief that students should have firsthand experience of the art of their time. During the seven decades following his astute vision, the Weatherspoon has evolved from a small teaching gallery to a fully accredited museum with a national reputation that still places education at the heart of its mission.

Ivy also felt the gallery would benefit the community, and he needed its support. This award-winning handbook, 70 Years of Collecting, begins with a history woven from a collection of stories about the museum’s growth.  Over the years, the Weatherspoon has been the most fortunate recipient of remarkable support, both moral and financial, from the university and the greater Greensboro community. It also has benefitted from a host of dedicated employees and key events that have shaped it into a modern and contemporary art museum with a significant collection.  Visit the 70 Years special exhibition website for a sampling of the works featured in the catalog.

The new handbook is currently available for purchase at the museum’s gift store.

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“Persona” article by Tom Patterson in the Winston-Salem Journal

 
Tom Patterson article on the exhibition "Persona" in the Winston-Salem Journal

Tom Patterson article on the exhibition "Persona" in the Winston-Salem Journal

Read a recent article from the Winston-Salem Journal‘s Tom Patterson on the Weatherspoon exhibition Persona: A Body in Parts which is on view at the museum until December 11, 2011.

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Telling Stories with a Paintbrush

 

Rackstraw Downes, "Farm Buildings Near the Rio Grande: Under the Barn Roof, A.M.", 2008, oil on canvas, 24 x 90 1/4 in. Courtesy the Artist and Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York.



Bill Morris writing for Artes Magazine on line captures the powerful draw Rackstraw Downes’s work has had on visitors to the Weatherspoon Art Museum this summer.

Downes wants to capture the raw data of the seen world – not the “corrected” version after our brains have processed what comes through our eyes. “I want to paint exactly the way something is,” he has said. And so his horizons bend, his bridges curve, his power lines wiggle, his skyscrapers tilt. The effect is ravishing, visually and intellectually. You feel like a tourist seeing, truly seeing, the everyday aspects of life for the first time.

Rackstraw Downes: On Site Paintings, 1972-2008 continues through August 21, 2011 at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

 

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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