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Exhibition Announcement - “For All Time: Interpretations of the Fourth Dimension”

Release date: August 28, 2017

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August 19, 2017 - February 11, 2018

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The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro proudly presents For All Time: Interpretations of the Fourth Dimension. The exhibition features twenty objects drawn from the museum’s distinguished collection that range in media from photographs and works on paper, to sculpture, paintings, and video. Each work investigates the concept of time in unique ways.  

Although most would agree that time is a concept by which we simultaneously grasp the past by memory, the present by attention, and the future by expectation, various notions about this multifaceted concept exist. For example, some see time as an absolute quantity that flows on its own in a sequence whose motion in the physical world is measured numerically. An opposing view holds that time is not an entity that “flows,” but is instead a concept in which time and space are relational. Time is also conceived as possessing significant social importance: for example, it can denote economic value (“time is money”), express pleasure or thanks (“having the time of one’s life,” “a lovely time”), suggest degrees of velocity (“time is of the essence,” “in no time,” “in due time”), or symbolize human mortality (tempus fugit/memento mori), among other possibilities. The twenty modern and contemporary artists featured in the exhibition illustrate this fascinating theme in various ways, be it metaphorically, ironically, sequentially, or kinetically.

Featured artists:  Simon Aldridge, Janine Antoni, John Baldessari, Leland Bell, Vern Blosum, Alexander Calder, Peter Campus, Vija Celmins, John Coplans, Nan Goldin, Yvonne Jacquette, LOT-EK, Emil Lukas, Lee Mingwei, Eadweard Muybridge, Mike Rogers, James Rosenquist, Anne Kesler Shields, Lawrence Beall Smith, and Garry Winogrand.

Image: James Rosenquist, Ten Days (detail), 1973, from the The New York Collection for Stockholm portfolio, lithograph on paper, edition 94/300. Weatherspoon Art Museum; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dorsky, 1985.

Related Program

Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Exhibition Tour
Tuesday, October 10, 12 pm
Noon @ the 'Spoon features a 20-minute tour of a new exhibition. Offered every second Tuesday of the month. Free.  

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Guided + Self-Guided Visits
School and community groups are invited to visit the museum on their own or via a docent-led tour. Admission and tours are free. Please contact us at least three weeks in advance to schedule your visit, 336.334.5770 or

About the Weatherspoon Art Museum

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets modern and contemporary art for the benefit of its multiple audiences, including university, community, regional, and beyond. Through these activities, the museum recognizes its paramount role of public service, and enriches the lives of diverse individuals by fostering an informed appreciation and understanding of the visual arts and their relationship to the world in which we live.

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was founded by Gregory Ivy in 1941 and is the earliest of any art facilities within the UNC system.  The museum was founded as a resource for the campus, community, and region and its early leadership developed an emphasis—maintained to this day—on presenting and acquiring modern and contemporary works of art. A 1949 bequest from the renowned collection of Claribel and Etta Cone, which included prints and bronzes by Henri Matisse and other works on paper by American and European modernists, helped to establish the Weatherspoon’s permanent collection. Other prescient acquisitions during Ivy’s tenure included a 1951 suspended mobile by Alexander Calder, Woman by Willem de Kooning—a pivotal work in the artist’s career that was purchased in 1954, and the first drawings by Eva Hesse and Robert Smithson to enter a museum collection.
In 1989, the museum moved into its present location in The Anne and Benjamin Cone Building designed by the architectural firm Mitchell/Giurgola. The museum has six galleries and a sculpture courtyard with over 17,000 square feet of exhibition space. The American Alliance of Museums accredited the Weatherspoon in 1995 and renewed its accreditation in 2005 and 2015.

Collections + Exhibitions
The permanent collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum is one of the foremost of its kind in the Southeast.  It represents all major art movements from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Of the more than 6,000 works in the collection are pieces by such prominent figures as Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Cindy Sherman, Al Held, Alex Katz, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Louise Nevelson, Mark di Suvero, Deborah Butterfield, and Robert Rauschenberg. The museum regularly lends to major exhibitions nationally and internationally.

The Weatherspoon also is known for its adventurous and innovative exhibition program. Through a dynamic annual calendar of twelve to fourteen or more exhibitions and a multi-disciplinary educational program for audiences of all ages, the museum provides an opportunity for audiences to consider artistic, cultural, and social issues of our time and enriches the life of our university, community, and region.


Weatherspoon Art Museum
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Spring Garden and Tate Streets, PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170, 336.334.5770,

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