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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Through This Lens Hosts an Exhibit and Flash Sale of Colectivo Liminal Photos to Benefit Local Migrant-Support Organizations

Posted By on Tue, Jul 17, 2018 at 2:07 PM

Colectivo Liminal Silent Auction Friday, Jul. 20, 6–9 p.m. Through This Lens, Durham At Through This Lens on July 20, Colectivo Liminal is holding a flash sale of fifty photographs that document issues of immigration, migration, and refugee crises in the global South. The photos are the product of Colectivo Liminal’s network of journalists and photographers, hailing from as close to home as Durham and as far away as Argentina, who "work in the liminal spaces created by borders." (One wall will be entirely dedicated to photos or photographers from North Carolina.) The flash sale is a response to ongoing...

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Friday, May 11, 2018

CAM Raleigh Director Gab Smith Speaks About the Margaret Bowland Controversy and the Museum's Desire to Listen and Learn

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 3:54 PM

This is part two of our interview series related to the controversy over the Margaret Bowland exhibit at CAM Raleigh. For context, an overview of the situation and our first interview, with curator Dexter Wimberly, is here. What follows is our in-person interview with CAM Raleigh director Gab Smith. Check our print edition next Wednesday for more. INDY: Do you feel sandbagged by the community response to this show? GAB SMITH: We’re all one community. Me as a person and us as an organization feel very much a part of everything that’s happening. So where do we insert ourselves...

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We Think CAM Raleigh Hasn't Answered the Community's Questions About Its Controversial Margaret Bowland Show. Curator Dexter Wimberly Says We Just Don't Like the Answers.

Posted By on Fri, May 11, 2018 at 11:02 AM

On April 6, CAM Raleigh opened Painting the Roses Red, a solo show of Brooklyn-based artist Margaret Bowland’s paintings that was guest-curated by Dexter Wimberly. Bowland, a native of Burlington, North Carolina, is white; her oil portraits frequently depict black subjects with their faces painted white. Triangle communities reacted strongly to the work, with many people finding it racially problematic at best and traumatic at worst. Heated online debates about issues of race, privilege, and representation set the tone for an April 24 “CAMversation” at the museum with Wimberly, Durham artist Gemynii, N.C. State Africana Studies Program Coordinator Kwesi...

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Want to Be The Carrack's New Director? Laura Ritchie Is Stepping Down This Summer.

Posted By on Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Laura Ritchie, the director of The Carrack Modern Art, announced in a press release yesterday that she is stepping down from her position in June, after seven years as the leader of the nonprofit community gallery, a mainstay in the Durham art scene. Ritchie cofounded The Carrack in 2011 and has since grown the volunteer-run, zero-commission gallery (meaning artists keep all money from sales) into a sustainable art and community space with a paid staff. Hosting the work of more than one thousand artists to date, Ritchie made The Carrack a cornerstone, supporting local artists who otherwise had few platforms and...

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Sunday, April 8, 2018

Full Frame: Connecting 306 Hollywood to Other Artworks About Rifling Through Someone's Stuff

Posted By on Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 8:24 AM

Those of us who caught 306 Hollywood at Full Frame on Friday had a front-row seat to the evolution of the definition of “documentary.” An anthropological study of the filmmaking team’s grandmother after her death, it's nonfiction only in the broadest sense. Brother-and-sister duo Jonathan and Elan Bogarin excavate their grandmother’s home, organize her possessions by type or color, use magical-realist devices to visit the past, and reenact their process with stylistic flair. They use dance, theater, visual art, and straight-up library-style cataloging to get at the nature and meaning of their grandmother’s life. In interrogating their grief, they...

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Get a Handmade Valentine from Gretchen Sedaris Starting This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 1:52 PM

Valentine's Day is coming soon(ish), and if you're looking to get ahead of the game with a creative, handmade option, look to Holder Goods & Crafts this weekend. The Raleigh shop will have handmade paper flowers, bouquets, and garlands made by Gretchen Sedaris—who, yes, is the sibling of comedian Amy and writer David (and, closer to home, hardwood flooring specialist Paul). If you've kept up with the new series At Home With Amy Sedaris, then you've seen Gretchen's beautiful work in action. This Saturday, there's a reception from 5-8 p.m. at Holder. Sedaris's work will be available until February...

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

A Lust for Rust: Susan Harb's Guitars Give New Meaning to "Heavy Metal" in FAR OUT! The Art of Rock 'N' Roll at Gallery C

Posted By on Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 8:50 AM

FAR OUT! The Art of Rock 'N' Roll Reception: Friday, August 4, 6–9 p.m., $8 Exhibit: Through September 17 Gallery C, Raleigh Gallery C, a pioneering mainstay of the downtown Raleigh art scene since 1985, is preparing to open its much-anticipated, fifth annual themed art event, curated by gallery owner Charlene Newsom. This year’s event celebrates the history of rock ‘n’ roll. From patron saint Elvis Presley to the psychedelic Age of Aquarius and beyond, everyone’s favorite rockers, including Prince, Gregg Allman, David Bowie, and Merle Haggard, come to life in an impressive collection of more than sixty mixed-media works...

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Two Fine Exhibits at Raleigh's Block Gallery Are Also Case Studies in How Deeply Environment Changes the Experience of Viewing Art

Posted By on Fri, Jul 14, 2017 at 1:57 PM

Precarious Edifices Through Friday, July 21 The Block Gallery, Raleigh Plausible Worlds Through Friday, July 21 The Block2 Gallery, Raleigh Ginger Wagg and Jaclyn Bowie: Granite in Reverse Friday, July 14, 9 p.m., free The Block2 Gallery, Raleigh The Block Gallery, which is curated by Stacy Bloom Rexrode through the Office of Raleigh Arts, is currently running two exhibits. In the main Block Gallery, a two-floor space in the Raleigh Municipal Building, is Precarious Edifices, an exhibit of abstract art by local artists Ashlynn Browning and Chieko Murasugi. Nearby in Market Plaza, the outdoor gallery Block2—which features a screen that...

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Op-Ed: Revitalization Without Gentrification: The Scrap Exchange in Durham’s Lakewood Neighborhood

Posted By on Fri, Apr 14, 2017 at 3:09 PM

The author, Ann Woodward, is the executive director of The Scrap Exchange. Working as a waitress at the Back Porch Restaurant in the early 1990s, I never could have guessed that The Scrap Exchange—my other early-1990s employer—would one day own a big portion of the shopping center where the restaurant was located. Back then, The Scrap Exchange was just getting started—I was one of only three staff members, a small fraction of today’s thirty-two employees—and the Lakewood Shopping Center was a thriving retail center. Today, the Scrap Exchange is poised to develop the northern end of the Lakewood Shopping...

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Catch the Disappearing Frogs Project at FRANK Gallery This Weekend Before It Disappears

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2017 at 1:46 PM

The Disappearing Frogs ProjectThrough Saturday, March 4 Frank Gallery, Chapel Hill The last mass extinction to hit Earth annihilated the dinosaurs. Sixty-five million years later, the human species—not a volcanic eruption, an ice age or asteroid—has instigated the planet’s sixth mass extinction. With 32 percent of the world’s frog population currently listed as endangered or extinct, the chief victims of this extinction are familiar creatures that live in many of our backyards. Pam Hopkins and Terry Thirion created the Disappearing Frogs Project to alleviate some of humanity’s impact on these tailless amphibians through frog-inspired art. Proceeds from their current show...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

UNC-Chapel Hill's Ackland Art Museum Receives a Major Trove of Dutch and Flemish Art

Posted By on Wed, Jan 25, 2017 at 4:04 PM

January 2017 may be full of tumult, but it’s brought unexpected windfalls to university museums in the Triangle. Earlier in the month, Duke’s Nasher Museum of Art announced it had been gifted with a major work by Archibald Motley, an acclaimed painter of the African-American Jazz Age experience. And UNC’s Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill just announced that it had been given a major collection of Dutch and Flemish drawings, including seven works by Rembrandt van Rijn himself, collected by UNC alumnus Sheldon Peck and his wife, Leena, over the past four decades. The Peck Collection consists of...

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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Nasher Museum of Art Receives a Significant Gift, a Major Painting by Archibald Motley

Posted By on Fri, Jan 6, 2017 at 3:13 PM

“Hot Rhythm,” a major painting by Archibald Motley, has been donated to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Two of the artist’s heirs, Mara Motley and Valerie Gerrard Browne, have given the dynamic work to the Nasher in honor of Richard J. Powell, Duke’s John Spencer Bassett Professor of Art and Art History, and C.T. Woods-Powell. Powell curated the standout 2014 exhibition Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist, which originated at the Nasher before traveling to the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth, Texas, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Chicago Cultural Center,...

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Friday, October 28, 2016

Art Preview: Step Inside Georges Rousse's Illusionistic Installations Before They Turn Into Photographs

Posted By on Fri, Oct 28, 2016 at 12:56 PM

Georges Rousse installation viewing Saturday, Oct. 29 , 5 p.m.–9 p.m. Durham Fruit & Produce Company 305 South Dillard Street, Durham Over the last week and a half, in a Durham warehouse space, Georges Rousse has managed a team of community members through many hours of painstaking art labor to produce a pair of illusionistic installations. On Saturday, the French artist will stand behind a camera and photograph them. And then, after the shutters click, the installations will be dead to him. On Saturday night, as part of the Click! Triangle Photography Festival, the Durham Fruit & Produce Company opens...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Elizabeth Matheson Provides a Glimpse of Modern Cuba at Craven Allen Gallery

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 at 1:28 PM

Since the U.S. loosened American travel restrictions to Cuba, boutique hotels, Wi-Fi hot spots, and restaurants have popped up in Havana. Tourists flock to the country in hopes of getting there before the arrival of McDonald’s or KFC. But the Americanization of Cuba is not a concern for North Carolinian photographer Elizabeth Matheson. “The Cubans have such a proud sense of their own identity that they are going to remain Cuban no matter what,” Matheson says. From October 1 through November 5, her photography collection, Cuba Now, will be on exhibit at the Craven Allen Gallery, portraying the boldness...

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Tale of Two Galleries: Raleigh’s Lump and Flanders to Merge

Posted By on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 at 11:02 AM

In a lot of ways, Bill Thelen and Kelly McChesney’s stories as gallery directors couldn’t be more different. But they have been subtly bending toward each other for years, which culminates in the merger of the two galleries under one name and director, functionally by the end of this year and officially in February. Thelen is an artist; you can see one of his pieces in Southern Accent at the Nasher right now. Twenty years ago, he founded the experimental, collective-spirited project space Lump, as if bringing a grungy little slice of Bushwick to Blount Street, and never moved. McChesney...

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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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