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The Weatherspoon had a special visit (hosted at UNCG) on November 2 as a delegation of 26 Chinese provincial and municipal leaders came to the museum for a presentation. The group – which is also visiting New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. – included mayors and top leaders from seven Chinese provinces who wanted to learn more about the cultural and performing arts and the entertainment industries in the U.S.
Link to more photos from the visit here.
This cultural delegation was organized by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC), a national organization engaged in people-to-people diplomacy between the People’s Republic of China and other countries. It aims to further international cooperation and, among its many activities, it is entrusted by the government with promoting cultural exchange and cooperation.
The visit of these Chinese leaders was the result of an initiative undertaken by a delegation of UNCG administrators and faculty who visited the CPAFFC headquarters in Beijing in April 2012.
The UNCG symposium (“Entrepreneurship and the Arts in the U.S.”) included lectures and discussions by top artists, teachers and performers; including a presentation at the Weatherspoon Art Museum with our director Nancy Doll.
Two special concert performances were also presented at UNCG in honor of the guests. UNCG faculty musicians presented a concert at the Recital Hall of the School of Music Theater and Dance. Performers included the Faculty Jazz Quartet, the East Wind Quintette d’Anches, the McIver String Quartet, pianist Andrew Willis on fortepiano, and singers Clara O’Brien, Nancy Walker and Donald Hartmann. Students of choreographer and dance professor Duane Cyrus also performed in the UNCG Dance Theater in the HHP building.
The Weatherspoon Art Museum’s permanent collection provides a unique resource for UNCG faculty and the courses they teach. With advance planning, faculty may request that works from the collection be presented to their classes for an up-close experience.
Recently, Professor K. Porter Aichele requested a viewing of works from the collection for the course Research on Women Artists since the 1976 Exhibition. Students were able to present research alongside their chosen artwork, which provided the opportunity for direct observation and elicited further discussion.
One of the students remarked about the artwork she selected to research for her paper: “I just needed to see it. I had an image, but it’s not the same.”
In the images above, participants draw close to Julie Heffernan’s Accumulated Self Portrait, 1996, to take in the presenter’s comment that at first glance we see “a world that looks tame and nurturing but which, upon closer inspection, is much darker.”
Check out the latest cover story in the News & Record’s Go Triad magazine about the upcoming Rackstraw Downes exhibition on view at the Weatherspoon on Saturday, May 28.
Visit our website for more information about this exhibition here.
Rackstraw Downes: Onsite Paintings 1972-2008 is organized by the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, New York.
Shapeshifter: Judy Pfaff at Weatherspoon Art Museum, by Phillip Larrimore, Charlotte Viewpoint
A brief history of the transformation of space in the 20th century would nevertheless involve demographics, distances, the means of exchange of information and goods, precipitous shifts in scale at both ends of the micro- and macroscopic, et cetera. It would include how many different ways space exploded – the prismatic explosion of cubism, the splattered calligraphic explosion of abstract expressionism, the meticulously sequenced explosions which are so often a centerpiece of Japanese animated cartoons. More
Judy Pfaff, River Road (South), 2009/2011, steel, wood, fluorescent and neon lights, honeycomb cardboard, paint, expanded foam, shellac, sunflowers, tree fungus, paper lanterns and rubber tubing, dimensions variable; approx. 164 x 483 x 270 in. Courtesy of the artist.
Judy Pfaff: Falk Visiting Artist at the Weatherspoon Art Museum, January 13-April 17, 2011.