On Display in the Triad

There are presently quite a few first-rate exhibitions on display in the Triad area that would be both enlightening and inspiring for local art students. This past week, I was lucky enough to visit UNC-G’s Weatherspoon Museum as well as The Reynolda House in Winston-Salem, but there are also interesting events going on and coming up at SECCA and the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art.

At the Weatherspoon now through November 20th, various pieces from the museum’s permanent collection are on display in the Gregory D. Ivy Gallery, comprising the Race and Representation: The African American Presence in American Art exhibit. Though this event wasn’t wildly publicized and is tucked away in one of the museums more inconspicuous galleries, it features work from artists as renowned as Kara Walker and Minnie Evans. It also has some corroborative quotes on display from Walker and other artists confronting the controversy and conversation associated with their work. As the curator put it, “The works will demonstrate the many ways in which visual images have informed our understanding of race in America.” Of course, Persona: A Body in Parts is still on still on display at the UNC-G museum as well, as are a few other stirring exhibits. The university’s faculty show, for instance, was quite impressionable.

"Village Square" by Romare Bearden (1969)--part of the Modern Masters Exhibit at the Reynolda House
"Village Square" by Romare Bearden (1969)--part of the Modern Masters Exhibit at the Reynolda House

The Weatherspoon is located at the corner of Spring Garden and Tate Streets, and is no more than a 15 minute drive from Guilford. Also, route 7 on the GTA can take you directly to Tate Street.

The Reynolda House is currently showing the exciting Modern Masters from the Smithsonian American Art Museum exhibit, which features work from 31 artists who came into prominence in the post World War II era. The exhibition is arranged by way of three loosely-conceived themes. “Significant Gestures” explores the manipulation of color, composition, and brushstrokes used by abstract expressionists like Franz Kline and Hans Hoffman. “Optics and Order” examines the mathematical approach to color that Joseph Albers spearheaded, and includes paintings and sculptures by Albers himself as well as artists who built on his work. “New Images of Man” comprises work by Romare Bearden, Grace Hartigan, and other noteworthy artists who “searched their surroundings and personal lives for vignettes emblematic of larger universal concerns” (reynoldahouse.org). Reynolda’s permanent collection, with work by celebrated American artists like Lee Krasner and Grant Wood, is well worth visiting too.

SECCA (the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art), also in Winston-Salem, just opened a moving exhibition this month as well. Out of Fashion presents artworks by North Carolina artists that explore how fashion and clothing are associated with memory and time. It will run until March 4, 2012.

The Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art (on the North end of Davie Street downtown, no more than a five minute walk from the bus depot) will open its annual Winter Show in about two weeks. As explained on their website, “Green Hill’s Winter Show exhibition brings together over 100 artists each year from across North Carolina and constitutes a comprehensive survey of the finest art and crafts being produced in the state.” The opening reception will take place on Sunday, December 4th from 2-5 pm.

So, do your best to get off the Guilford Island and get inspired!

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