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I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in…

 
AOP installation

Installation photo of AOP works, including Mark Fox's, "Pale Sawhorseman", 2009.

It’s exhibition installation time, one of my favorite parts of working at the museum.  We’re gearing up for Art on Paper 2010, & this past week we’ve been receiving shipments (we had a loading dock full of artwork of every shape & size…see Mark Fox‘s work Pale Sawhorseman crated above), moving the works to our three upstairs galleries, & condition reporting (when we record the condition of each object).  Our preparators have started installing some works, including Ghost Forest (Old News) by Katie Holten, seen in the photo below.
This week will be very busy – but ultimately very gratifying once all 75 works are installed & we open the doors for the Preview Party on the evening of Saturday, November 6.
— Heather Moore, Registrar, Weatherspoon Art Museum

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AOP installation photo.

Our preparators installing works, including "Ghost Forest (Old News)" by Katie Holten

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MacArthur Award Winner in Weatherspoon’s Permanent Collection

 
Elizabeth Turk

Artist Elizabeth Turk uses a variety of tools to mold 400-pound blocks of marble into beautiful sculptures. Courtesy of Lux Art Institute.

Those of you who closely follow the art circuit might have heard that contemporary artist Elizabeth Turk was recently awarded a MacArthur “genius” award: $500,000 over the course of five years.  This award is given each year by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to approximate 20 U.S. citizens “ working in any field who show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” The fellowship is not rewarded based on past accomplishment, but rather as “an investment in a person’s originality, insight, and potential.”

The Weatherspoon Art Museum owns an early work by Turk which was most recently on view in Odd Bodies: Selections from the Permanent Collection, January 24-April 18, 2010.

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Weatherspoon Acquires New Work by Kara Walker

 

Kara Walker, "An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters", 2010, six etchings; edition 5/30, Courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York.

Thrilled to announce this—the Weatherspoon Art Museum will soon add to its collection a brand new series of six etchings by world-renowned artist Kara Walker! Walker is known for exploring race, gender, and sexuality through her iconic figures and narrative scenes. She uses the traditionally proper Victorian medium of the silhouette to produce disturbing images that explore the legacy of slavery in America. In An Unpeopled Land in Uncharted Waters (2010), Walker mines imagery connected to the lives of female slaves transported across the Atlantic to the ante-bellum South.

Walker’s etchings will join other important works in the Weatherspoon’s collection that explore issues related to identity and civil rights. Her work will be presented in Fall 2011 in an exhibition organized by curator of collections Elaine Gustafson and UNCG associate professor of art history George Dimock titled, Race and Representation: The African American Presence in American Art.

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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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