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Exhibition Announcement - "Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art"

Release date: October 15, 2010

Exhibition Announcement -

Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art

October 16 – December 12, 2010

The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is pleased to announce the exhibition Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art, which opens to the public on October 16, 2010 and runs until December 12, 2010.

The Weatherspoon has played a major role in educating, encouraging, and promoting the community’s cultural growth and, just as the museum’s collection has developed over the years, a good number of private collections have grown into important local resources as well. Divided into seven themes, this survey exhibition features impressive artwork from the 20th and 21st centuries. While some artists may be familiar to viewers, due to name recognition or having been featured in past Weatherspoon programs, others will be fresh delights.

The exhibition features 111 artists, 128 works—from 52 private Greensboro art collections.

Artists include: Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Philip Kwame Apagya, Milton Avery, Walter Barker, Julian Barrow, Georg Baselitz, David Loren Bass, Pinky Bass and Clara Couch, Romare Bearden, Lynda Benglis, Thomas Hart Benton, Louise Bourgeois, Warren Brandt, Robert Broderson, Judith K. Brodsky, Charles Burchfield, Paul Cadmus, Mark Calderon, Paul Caponigro, Gilbert “Bert” Carpenter, Mary Cassatt, Janice Caswell, Elizabeth Catlett, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Willie Cole, Claribel Cone, Emilio Cruz, Elliott Daingerfield, Judy Dater, Willem de Kooning, Steve DiBenedetto, Arthur Dove, Sam Durant, Homer Ellertson, Franklin Evans, Minnie Evans, León Ferrari, Howard Finster, Walton Ford, Lynn Geesaman, William Glackens, Nan Goldin, Jon Goodman, Adolph Gottlieb, Deborah Grant, Avery Handly, Al Held, Jim Hodges, Frank Holliday, Robert Indiana, Enio Iommi, Bill Jensen, Donald Judd, Yves Klein, Ida Kohlmeyer, Kathe Kollwitz, Lee Krasner, Walter Kuhn, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Yayoi Kusama, Fernand Leger, Norman Lewis, Roy Lichtenstein, George Luks, Brice Marden, John Marin, Reginald Marsh, Andy Martin, Henri Matisse, John McGiff, Kenneth Hayes Miller, Joan Miro, Joan Mitchell, George L.K. Morris, Robert Motherwell, N. Mouterais, Susan Mullally, Eadweard Muybridge, Jerome Myers, Elie Nadelman, Louise Nevelson, Gabriel Orozco, Mary Parker, Philip Pearlstein, Hobson Pittman, Katherine Porter, Robert Rauschenberg, Arthur Rothstein, Ludwig Sander, John Singer Sargent, Frank S. Savastano, Miriam Schapiro, Michael Schultz, George Segal, Jim Sherraden, John Sloan, Raphael Soyer, Francis Speight, Will Henry Stevens, Bill Thompson, George Tice, Elihu Vedder, Jacques Villon, Abraham Walkowitz, Merry Moor Winnett, Bruce Yonemoto, Purvis Young, Lloyd Ziff.

Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art opens with a special reception and Preview Party on Friday, October 15 for invited guests, followed by a Public Opening and Community Day celebration on Saturday, October 16 from 1-4 pm.

Image above: Kenneth Hayes Miller, On the Avenue, 1924, oil on canvas, 25 x 21 1/2 in. Promised gift of Maryann Abrahams.

Related Education and Public Programming 

Special Event: Public Opening + All Eyes on Art - Fall Community Day
Saturday, October 16, 1-4 pm
All Eyes on Art: Fall Community Day celebrates the opening of Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art, an exhibition that highlights artworks from private collections in our community. Guests can also enjoy the brillantly colorful abstract paintings in Hans Hofmann: Circa 1950 among other exhibitions on view.

Offered biannually, WAM Community Days are open to all ages and feature hands-on art activities, live performances, gallery games and plenty of opportunities to explore the museum at your own pace. All ages welcome. Refeshments provided. Free.

Film: The Collector
Thursday, October 21, 6:30-8:30 pm
The Collector explores the 46-year career of Allan Stone, the famed New York City gallery owner and art collector. Producer and director Olympia Stone, Chapel Hill, NC, reveals her father’s compulsive collecting genius while telling the parallel story of his lifelong journey through the art world from the 1950s to 2006. Directed by Olympia Stone, 2006. 62 minutes. Special Q & A with the director follows the screening.

Co-sponsored by the UNCG Department of Media Studies and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.  Free.

Gallery Talk: Greensboro Collects Art
Wednesdays, October 27, November 17, December 8,  12-12:30 pm
Greensboro Collects Art is a series of informal talks with local collectors whose privately owned artworks are featured in the Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art exhibition. Free.

Noon @ the 'Spoon Tour - Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art
Tuesday, November 9, 12 noon
Noon @ the Spoon features a 20-minute tour of a new exhibition. Offered every second Tuesday of the month. November 9 Noon @ the ‘Spoon will be led by Director Nancy Doll.  Free.

Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art – Exhibition Finale
Sunday, December 12, 1-3 pm
Take advantage of this last opportunity to visit and learn about Inquiring Eyes: Greensboro Collects Art in our informal "Ask Me" public tours. Families and children welcome. Tours are led by WAM Docents and last 20 minutes. Refreshments provided.   Tours @: 1 pm, 1:30 pm & 2 pm. Meet in the museum lobby.  Co-sponsored by Our State Magazine.  Free.

For a complete, updated list of programs, visit


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 1950 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 Association of Museums accredited the Weatherspoon in 1995 and renewed its accreditation in 2005.

Collections + Exhibitions
The permanent collection of the Weatherspoon Art Museum is considered to be 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 nearly 6,000 works in the collection are pieces by such prominent figures as Sol LeWitt, Robert Mangold, Cindy Sherman, Al Held, Alex Katz, Henry 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 fifteen to eighteen 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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