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Arrangement in Blue and Black (Daddy Sleeping)

Bevery McIver

Arrangement in Blue and Black (Daddy Sleeping)

The Ties That Bind 

When: Feb. 20-April 9 2016

SATURDAY, FEB. 20

BEVERLY MCIVER: THE TIES THAT BIND

Beverly McIver is a notable American painter, originally from Greensboro, whose legal guardianship of a sister with developmental disabilities was the subject of the HBO documentary Raising Renee. McIver exposes another thread of her complex family life in The Ties That Bind, a collection of oil portraits exploring her emerging relationship with her father. In a vivid artist's statement, McIver describes her shock at age seventeen when her mother revealed she had a different father than she thought. She turned to see the man, Cardrew Davis, standing in the door, handing her a twenty-dollar bill. But McIver and Davis didn't begin to seriously develop their bond until after her mother's death in 2004. "I believe that I have fallen in love with my dad," McIver writes now. In her vibrant, expressive portraits of Davis at various ages, perhaps you will, too. This opening reception also unveils a second show, featuring paintings by advanced Duke students, all women, who study with McIver, a studio arts professor at Duke. The Ties That Bind runs through April 9. —Brian Howe

CRAVEN ALLEN GALLERY, DURHAM 5–7 p.m., free, www.cravenallengallery.com

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