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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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Madmonk + WAM web design wins Excellence Award!

 
17th Annual Communicator Award

Madmonk Interactive and the Weatherspoon win a 17th Annual Communicator Award

MadMonk Interactive the Greensboro-based web design team who created the Weatherspoon Art Museum’s new interactive website recently received an Award for Excellence in the art website category during the 17th Annual Communicator Awards.

The Communicator Awards is the leading international awards program honoring creative excellence for Communications Professionals. Founded by communication professionals over a decade ago, The Communicator Awards receives over 9,000 entries from companies and agencies of all sizes, making it one of the largest awards of its kind in the world. The Award of Excellence, their highest honor, is given to those entries whose ability to communicate puts them among the best in the field.

Who is Behind the Communicator Awards?
The Communicator Awards is sanctioned and judged by the International Academy of the Visual Arts, an invitation-only body consisting of top-tier professionals from a “Who’s Who” of acclaimed media, communications, advertising, creative and marketing firms. IAVA members include executives from organizations such as Alloy, Brandweek, Coach, Disney, The Ellen Degeneres Show, Estee Lauder, Fry Hammond Barr, HBO, Monster.com, MTV, Polo Ralph Lauren, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Victoria’s Secret, Wired, and Yahoo!

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“Newsweek” list of 10 Most Important Artists Today

 
Newsweek list 10 Most Important Artists of Today

Newsweek list 10 Most Important Artists of Today

A Newsweek list of the “10 Most Important Artists of Today” includes Gillian Wearing…one of the artists featured in our upcoming Persona: A Body in Parts exhibition this September.

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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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mō-bəl mō-bēl

 
Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail"

Alexander Calder, "Yellow Sail", 1950, painted metal and wire, 30 x 84 in. Museum purchase, 1951.

Our Alexander Calder mobile, Yellow Sail, 1950, recently returned from a loan to the exhibition Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy held at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

The exhibition included works by Alexander Calder as well as the work of seven contemporary artists who have been directly influenced by him. Yellow Sail was exhibited alongside Calders from other institutions including The Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Before travelling to Chicago, the mobile was carefully packed by our preparators to ensure it would not be mobile in transit. Each element was wrapped in archival material to protect the vibrant paint and tied down with twill tape to prevent movement (pictured below).  Upon the return of the work, we were pleased to find our Calder had travelled well.

The work won’t be in storage long, though, before it makes an appearance in our upcoming exhibition Weatherspoon Art Museum: 70 Years of Collecting which celebrates the Museum’s 70th anniversary year and features 100 highlights from the permanent collection.

Photo of "Yellow Tail" unpacking for exhibition

Alexander Calder's "Yellow Sail" returning to the Weatherspoon

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