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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Art Review: Truth to Power, Pleiades Gallery's Annual Social Justice Show, Aptly Starts With a Cry of Pain

Posted By on Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 1:48 PM

Truth to Power 4Through Sunday, Aug. 7 Pleiades Gallery, Durham Before you even enter downtown Durham’s Pleiades Gallery, you’re met by the face of a black man in anguish. “Rage,” which peers out of the front windows of the gallery, is by Durham’s Clarence Mayo Jr. It depicts the pained, scrunched face of a shouting man. According to the caption that accompanies the emotional painting, “Rage” symbolizes the “Black man’s voiceless cry of despair, distress, frustration, and hopelessness in a world where he is marginalized as a result of societal prejudices.” Likewise, most of the art in Pleiades annual Truth...

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Get Your First Look Inside Durham Artists Movement's New Gallery Space Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2016 at 2:07 PM

Durham Artists Movement Third Friday Opening Friday, July 15, 6–9 p.m. 111 West Parrish Street, Durham In June, when we reported on the Carrack Modern Art's move to Main Street—which took place via parade in July—we learned that the last six months of its Parrish Street lease would be taken over by Durham Artists Movement, a collective seeking safe spaces for people of color, LGBTQ people, and others who might feel marginalized in a gallery world where the white cube is symbolic, not just aesthetic. Tonight, DAM is opening its new space to the public for the first time. It's...

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Friday, July 1, 2016

The Triangle Gets an Etsy of Its Own in The Makers Mercantile

Posted By on Fri, Jul 1, 2016 at 9:35 AM

With the Internet always at hand, it’s really no problem finding the polka-dotted planter, jasmine-and-hibiscus body butter, or stoneware serving spoon of your dreams. But if you’re someone who likes to shop closer to home for artisanal goods, The Makers Mercantile, a new online shop and blog that launched from Durham recently, might be your new favorite website. Designed to “connect local makers with a community that appreciates the mission, story, and craftsmanship of each artist," according to the site’s founders, The Makers Mercantile curates pieces from mostly Triangle-based makers and sells them on consignment. It also features their...

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Friday, May 13, 2016

What’s This Painted Piano Doing on the Street in Pittsboro?

Posted By on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 11:19 AM

If you drive around the courthouse circle in downtown Pittsboro, you’ll see the usual carousel of office buildings, vintage shops, a bank, and … a colorful upright piano? It might seem out of place, but if you stop and play a few notes—as everyone is welcome to do—you’ll see why it’s where it should be. It wasn’t left curbside for trash pick-up. The designs are not random graffiti. A nearby resident donated the piano for the community and a local artist decorated it with amusing designs and quotes about creativity. When one thinks of retirement, clichés about leisure, family,...

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Bill Thelen to Step Down as Director of Pioneering Raleigh Gallery Lump

Posted By on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM

An upcoming installation by the Team Lump collective, Arise! Bald Man! King of Hair People!, will close Lump’s twentieth-anniversary season. It also marks an even bigger milestone: the end of Bill Thelen's long tenure as the director of the Raleigh gallery.  In an email to the INDY today, Thelen confirmed that he’ll step down in July. “The space will move to being a nonprofit with a new director, and I'll still be on the advising board,” he says. “There is going to be a reconfiguring of the space in the near future. We are really excited about taking Lump into a new...

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Video: Raleigh Murals Project Mashes Up Vibrant People and Public Paintings

Posted By on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 at 12:15 PM

The colors of spring preceded the flowers in Raleigh this year, thanks in large part to the people of the Raleigh Murals Project, who work to catalog and highlight historic urban murals and to facilitate the creation of new ones (see Jane Porter’s article for more). They just released a fun new video that draws a parallel between the vibrancy of Raleigh's citizens and its public art.   Co-owner Jedidiah Gant is also a digital strategist at Raleigh video production company Myriad Media, where he worked with creative strategist Tina Haver Currin (disclosure: Currin is an INDY contributor) to produce...

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Andy Warhol Museum Director Cancels Visit to UNC's MFA Class—Guess Why

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM

Thus far, many of the headline-grabbing HB-2-related boycotts have come from the worlds of business (Paypal, Deutsche Bank) and music (Springsteen, Ringo, and, today, Ani DiFranco). But the backlash is being felt in less commercial spheres as well. Eric C. Shiner, director of The Andy Warhol Museum, had planned to visit North Carolina later this month to offer critiques to MFA students at UNC-Chapel Hill as part of the school’s Visiting Artist Professionals program. Due to HB 2, Shiner will no longer be making the trek down from Pittsburgh. UNC art professor elin o’Hara slavick published on Facebook yesterday the...

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Art Preview: Shimmer Builds a Bridge of Light From Chapel Hill to Carrboro

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 1:47 PM

Shimmer: The Art of Light Friday, Feb. 12, 6–11 p.m. Chapel Hill and Carrboro The circus is coming to town. Well, not exactly. But it might seem that way when larger-than-life light sculptures take over Chapel Hill and Carrboro during this 2nd Friday Artwalk, from twinkling chandeliers hanging in tree branches to illuminated tarot vignettes. Sarah Wolfe is a Durham resident who has headed projects such as Night Lights at Morehead Planetarium, an annual New Year’s Eve event that combines planetarium shows with illuminated performances by dancers. Inspired by light festivals around the world, including France’s Nuit Blanche, or “White Night,”...

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Comic book writer Daniel Way brings GeekCraft Expo to Durham—and just about everywhere else

Posted By on Thu, Dec 17, 2015 at 3:40 PM

GeekCraft Expo RDU The Durham Armory Sunday, April 17, 2016 There’s so much more to the culture of fandom than the movies, TV shows and books that provide the source material. Diehards also have to have the coolest, most original toys, accessories, decorations and tchotchkes based on their favorite properties, be they Doctor Who or Star Wars. You can find this stuff by scouring comic book conventions and craft fairs, but an ambitious new expo coming to Durham next year aims to cut right to the good stuff for crafty fanboys and fangirls. Daniel Way, a comic book writer perhaps...

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

M.C. Escher speaks through new downtown Raleigh murals

Posted By on Wed, Sep 16, 2015 at 8:27 AM

On Thursday morning, the first day of Hopscotch, painter David Eichenberger stares at an off-kilter A-frame ladder. One set of the ladder’s legs sits on a platform nearly a foot above the second, and the entire thing is perched atop tall metal scaffolding in front of AHPeele Studio in downtown Raleigh. Eichenberger is one word into a six-word mural, and he looks at the silver ladder, uneasy. “Are you going to climb that thing?” I ask, peering up at him from below the metal tangle. A few onlookers crane their necks to get a better view. Even cars on notoriously zippy...

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Art review: Folk artist Sam Ezell's idealistic visions of Hillsborough

Posted By on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 at 3:34 PM

Picture Hillsborough: Folk Art by Sam Ezell The Orange County Historical Museum 201 N. Churton St., Hillsborough Through September 25 Self-taught painter Sam Ezell portrays the buildings of Hillsborough with optimism and idealism. He paints some of the historic 18th-century buildings the town is known for, but he also paints local businesses including Latta Brothers Tractor Service and Dual Supply Company. Ezell’s paintings have been making their way around town this year—first, in a group show at the Orange County Main Library; then, in a summer show at the Hillsborough Visitors Center. Now, a group of 12 paintings are on...

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

North Carolina Museum of Art’s Judaic Art Gallery reopens with larger selection

Posted By on Wed, Jul 1, 2015 at 3:44 PM

All manner of renovations are underway at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and one of them has just come to completion. After being closed for five months, the Museum’s Judaic Art Gallery reopens July 1 with more space, new custom-designed glass cases and a larger selection of Jewish ceremonial objects on display. The renovated gallery is 50 percent larger than it used to be, allowing for the display of more pieces from the Museum’s collection as well as loans from the Jewish Museum in New York City. Artifacts newly on view include a large Hanukkah lamp from Eastern Europe...

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A Durham painting event and conversation explores the gift and the curse of being an "independent woman"

Posted By on Tue, Apr 14, 2015 at 12:20 PM

A Thousand Words: The Gift and the Curse The Palace International, Durham Saturday, March 28, 6 p.m. At the Palace International African restaurant in Durham, about 20 black and Latina women sat in an intimate circle with colorful strips of paper in their laps. Hidden on the underside of each paper was a single statement. "Independent women have attitudes. Independent women are lonely. Independent women are afraid to ask for help." Going around the circle, each woman introduced herself and told the group her hometown and a little-known fact about herself before proceeding to read her statement. In honor of...

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Art review: Gail Goers turns backgrounds into subjects in new book and BCAC show, Muse

Posted By on Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 2:50 PM

Gail Goers: Muse Upfront Gallery at Bull City Arts Collaborative Through April 12 Gail Goers leaves no space forgotten in her new photographic collection, Muse. Taken in Magdeburg, Germany and Guangzhou, China between 2009 and 2012, the images capture places and objects we often take for granted. Not a single photo has a person in it, and that’s the point. When we see people, we think movement and energy; we focus on the object. The background becomes scenery, and we glaze over it. But Goers wants us to contemplate the background. The show’s title plays on the classical meaning of...

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Review: Photographer James Longley's Kabul, Afghanistan laments the past, but hopes for the future

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 2:23 PM

James Longley Kabul, Afghanistan Power Plant Gallery Through Feb. 20 Internationally recognized filmmaker James Longley is a master of contrasts: a bundle of candy-color balloons blares against beige, crumbling buildings; bright blue diving boards grow magnificently upwards in a battered land; portraits of a young boy and an old man hang side by side. Longley's feature films include Gaza Strip (2002) and Iraq in Fragments (2006). His work has received Sundance Film Festival awards as well as Emmy and Academy Award nominations. Now, the MacArthur Fellow turns his focus to one war-torn neighborhood in Kabul, Afghanistan, an exhibition in its final days...

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

New folk art museum working to come to Pittsboro

Posted By on Wed, Dec 17, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Things will be stirring in the local art world this spring. As the North Carolina Museum of Art embarks on a major renovation, a mom-and-pop business in Pittsboro hopes to break ground on a new folk and outsider art museum. It’s an exciting prospect for an area whose rich artisanal tradition predates its fine-arts pedigree. The Small Museum of Folk Art is the vision of Dave Clark and Lisa Piper, who own the Small B&B Café. According to a press release, they received a gift from an unnamed donor of more than 400 pieces of folk and outsider art, including...

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

North Carolina Museum of Art reveals plans for major renovations

Posted By on Thu, Dec 11, 2014 at 10:23 AM

In a press release yesterday, the North Carolina Museum of Art announced plans for a long-term, multi-phase renovation of its 164-acre campus, Museum Park. The plan includes a new campus entrance and street front, woodland and meadow restoration, new bike and pedestrian trails, additional parking spots, a new building and new outdoor artworks. “The goal of this plan is to connect people, art and nature in a sustainable way,” project leader Dan Gottlieb, NCMA’s director of planning and design, said in the press release. NCMA received $13 million from an anonymous donor to complete the first phase of construction, which...

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Art review: Skateboard art on view and for sale at Rolling A(u)ction

Posted By on Fri, Aug 22, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Skateboarders have long lived outside of the box. They may be seen as athletes by today’s standards, but for most, skateboarding is more than that. It is a lifestyle. And nothing represents that lifestyle more visibly than the board you ride and the graphics applied to it. Last Friday’s opening of Rolling A(u)ction at SPECTRE Arts in Durham reflected that spirit to a tee. There’s plenty of killer art, as they say, at the Rolling A(u)ction. Some pay tribute to the recently fallen. Jon Horne’s deck is a homage to Gwar’s frontman Oderus Urungus, while Alicia Lange’s Scrabble board gave...

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Scrap Exchange moving to new location

Posted By on Wed, Aug 13, 2014 at 2:16 PM

On August 16, The Scrap Exchange, the Durham-based nonprofit that has come to be a nationwide model for creative reuse centers, will finally have a place to call its own. After three years at its current location on Franklin Street, The Scrap Exchange will reopen in a new, larger space in the Lakewood neighborhood of Durham, in what was formerly the Cinema Theater and Duke Surplus building at 2050 Chapel Hill Road. True to its mission, The Scrap Exchange has worked to repair and renovate the property since buying it late in 2013, ensuring that it's suitable for the organization's activities,...

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Art review: The original works behind Merge album covers in Unbelievable Things

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 2:13 PM

Unbelievable Things: 25 Years of Art on Merge RecordsLIGHT Art + Design Through Aug. 9 As a part of its 25th anniversary ballyhoo, Merge goes multimedia in Unbelievable Things: 25 Years of Art on Merge Records, an exhibit in the Durham label’s original home of Chapel Hill. The show offers an up-close look at the original art behind some of Merge’s most iconic album covers, from Caribou’s Andorra to Arcade Fire’s Funeral, with a healthy amount of space given to Superchunk covers created by Mac McCaughan or Laura Ballance. The exhibit is an interesting opportunity to interact with album art...

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Art review: Antoine Williams and William Paul Thomas mind the gap at the Carrack

Posted By on Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 3:58 PM

“Do you know what I mean?” This simple question contains a truth hiding in plain sight: signals given are not always signals received. The chasm between intention and interpretation is wide, and the consequences of a statement failing to navigate this gap range from the whimsical—isn’t misunderstanding the basis of much humor?—to the tragic, as when a neighborhood watchman labeled a young African-American man in a hooded sweatshirt as a threat. Mastering our words and appearances to clearly transmit our intentions is conventionally called being “articulate.” Yet calling someone articulate obscures the fact that clarity of expression, no matter its form,...

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ackland’s More Love, Nasher’s Mutu receive national honors

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 5:28 AM

It’s the rare museum exhibition that makes you cry or blows your mind, but we are getting used to them here. Word is getting out about it, too. The Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) recognized a pair of 2013 shows at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum and Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art in their annual Awards for Excellence last month. The emotionally moving group exhibition More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s, guest curated for the Ackland by Claire Schneider, an independent curator based in Buffalo, and the stunning mid-career retrospective Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, curated...

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Nine pieces of UNC-Chapel Hill art history for sale

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Want to own a piece of UNC-Chapel Hill history? An upcoming exhibit at Raleigh’s Lee Hansley Gallery is your chance. The nationally noted sculptor Robert Howard taught at UNC from 1951 to 1988. In the early ’60s, he was commissioned to make a relief to cover the wall of the sandwich and coffee shop in the basement of Lenoir Hall. There the large, colorful, nine-piece work remained, becoming a familiar backdrop of student life, until it was reinstalled in the Robert B. House Undergraduate Library in the early ’90s. Following that building’s renovation, some pieces of the sculpture moved to the lobby...

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Art review: Ritual and repetition in the Ackland’s annual MFA exhibit

Posted By on Fri, May 2, 2014 at 12:54 PM

The annual MFA art exhibition at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum used to be a frustrating show. After two years of studio work, the graduates would have to choose just a piece or two from a substantial body of work and fit them into the galleries whether or not they worked alongside those of their fellow students. However, since the program added a one-week solo show for each student in the Allcott Gallery throughout the spring, some of the pressure has been taken off the Ackland group show, turning it into more of a celebration of the graduating class....

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Art review: America the beautiful, terrible and exhausted

Posted By on Wed, Apr 9, 2014 at 2:35 PM

The New Found Land: Engravings by Theodor de Bry from the Collection of Michael N. Joyner America Seen: The Hunter and Cathy Allen Collection of Social Realist Prints Ackland Art Museum Through April 13 Every country documents itself. How it does so is at least as informative as the documents themselves. Two exhibits closing this weekend at the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill show American self-documentation from pre-colonial and 20th-century perspectives, adding up to a fractured national portrait that strongly resonates with the polarized politics of the current moment. The New Found Land: Engravings by Theodor de Bry from the Collection...

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