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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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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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