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Exhibition Announcement - “Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines"

Release date: December 8, 2016

Exhibition Announcement - “Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines

January 28 - April 23, 2017

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The Weatherspoon Art Museum at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is is proud and excited to present the exhibition Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines. Organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the exhibition is the artist's first museum retrospective. It features 83 photographs chosen from all eight of Devlin's series—many of which were printed for the first time for display in the museum's main McDowell Gallery. 

Lucinda Devlin's photographs serve as social commentaries on timely and socially relevant issues such as personal rights, the death penalty, and agribusiness. An internationally recognized American photographer who now lives in Greensboro, NC, Devlin began her career in the 1970s during the genesis of color photography in America. At the time, she took up not only color photography, but also the artistic approach that she continues to this day, one that emphasizes an objective or neutral point of view. Devlin also discovered her preferred subject matter: psychologically charged spaces absent of any human figures yet nonetheless signaling contemporary public and private life. 

Her earliest series, Pleasure Ground, featured droll images of thematic hotel rooms. Subsequent series (Habitats, Subterranea, Corporal Arenas, Field Culture, and Lake Pictures) have continued to probe the meaning of place at such sites as zoos and amusement parks, tanning salons and health spas, hospitals and funeral homes, agricultural facilities and open fields, and lastly, Lake Huron's shoreline. Her most provocative and best known series, The Omega Suites (so named after the final letter of the Greek alphabet), proffered emotive images of sterile execution chambers and the apparatuses associated with them. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue featuring an essay by Lisa Hostetler, Curator in Charge, Department of Photography, George Eastman Museum, which contextualizes Devlin's work within the history of photography. Following its presentation at the Weatherspoon, a smaller version of the exhibition will travel to the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, NY. 

The exhibition is organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections. Partial support has been provided by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation.

Image: Lucinda Devlin, Wheat Field, SD, 2008, from the series Field Culture, inkjet print, 28 x 28 in. Courtesy of the artist © Lucinda Devlin.

Related Programs 

Director's Preview, Artist Talk, and Public Reception
Friday, January 27, 5 pm
 
5 pm: Director’s Preview, See the exhibition first at a special preview. By invitation for Contributor level WAM members and above. RSVP: RSVPwam@uncg.edu 
6 pm: Conversation: Lucinda Devlin and Lisa Hostetler, free and open to the public, no reservations required. Photographer Lucinda Devlin speaks with Lisa Hostetler, Curator in Charge, Department of Photography, George Eastman Museum.
7 pm: Public Reception, free and open to the public, no reservations required. Free.  

Noon @ the 'Spoon Public Exhibition Tour
Tuesday, February 14, 12 pm
Noon @ the 'Spoon features a 20-minute tour of a new exhibition. Offered every second Tuesday of the month. Free.  

Evening with UNCG Creative Writing Program
Thursday, February 16, 6 pm
Experience Lucinda Devlin’s evocative photographs in concert with original poetry and prose from writers in UNCG’s Creative Writing program. Each writer selected one or more of Devlin’s images as inspiration for new work. Free. 

Gallery Talk: The Omega Suites
Thursday, March 2, 6 pm
Join Dr. Saundra Westervelt, Associate Professor of Sociology, UNCG, for a talk about Lucinda Devlin’s most celebrated body of work, The Omega Suites. Westervelt works with wrongly convicted individuals from around the country. She will connect Devlin's powerful photographs to the stories of those who have confronted the real possibility of their own executions for crimes they did not commit. Free.  

Artist Talk: Lucinda Devlin
Thursday, March 9, 5:30 pm
Artist Lucinda Devlin shares aspects of her creative process, focusing on photographic methods, techniques, and strategies for image making. Free. 

Lecture: The Poetics of Incongruity in the Photographs of Lucinda Devlin
Thursday, March 23, 6 pm
Dr. George Dimock, Associate Professor of Art History, UNCG, will discuss the exhibition, Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines, in relation to the history of photographic postmodernism. Photography, since its inception, has played havoc with our understanding of truth and beauty as concepts in art, together and apart. Over the past forty years, Lucinda Devlin has made images that look like records of the world as given. Upon further scrutiny, they comprise a vision of troubled times looked at askance yet touched by grace. Free.  

For a complete, updated list of programs, visit: http://weatherspoon.uncg.edu.

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 weatherspoon@uncg.edu.

About the Weatherspoon Art Museum

Mission
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.

History
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 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 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 fifteen 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, weatherspoon@uncg.edu

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Loring Mortensen, 336-256-1451, lamorten@uncg.edu

 

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