Towering, colorful artwork coming to Museum Park
“Wind Sculpture II,” a 20-foot-tall work by British-born artist Yinka Shonibare, will be installed Monday at the N.C. Museum of Art’s Museum Park.
One of Shonibare’s first large-scale outdoor works, it was recently featured in his career retrospective exhibit at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in England, museum officials said in their announcement of the acquisition.
The towering artwork is made from glass-reinforced polyester fitted to a steel structure. Its surface is made of resin layered with paint that Shonibare stenciled on to resemble a colorful fabric pattern. Its placement within the park was carefully considered.
“When visitors approach the sculpture from below (the park’s) ridge, it will invite them up the trail, silhouetted against the sky, reinforcing the artist’s intent to capture the wind’s movement,” said Dan Gottlieb, Museum Park’s planning and design director. “From above the ridge, the sculpture will be a colorful exclamation against the the surrounding forest green.”
The sculpture will be the second work by Shonibare in the museum’s permanent collection.
The N.C. Museum of Art is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh.
PlayMakers plan ‘Pericles’ in Oregon
The artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC-Chapel Hill leads a team of local artists who will mount a production of William Shakespeare’s “Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Ore., next year.
Joseph Haj will direct the staging. He also directed “Henry V” for the Oregon festival in 2012 as well as PlayMakers’ 2008 production of “Pericles.”
PlayMakers company members who worked on that show will join him in creating the Oregon staging. These include music director Jack Herrick of the Chapel Hill-based Red Clay Ramblers, who wrote the original music and songs for PlayMakers’ “Pericles”; video designer Francesca Talenti; and set designer Jan Chambers.
The team traveled to Ashland in late April to begin the design process.
“Pericles” will be staged several times between Feb. 26 and Nov. 1, 2015. The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is one of the nation’s oldest and largest professional nonprofit theaters.
Photos and paintings in exhibit
“Cross-Cut,” which pairs vintage photographs from the collection of Jim and Jane Finch with the contemporary paintings of Damian Stamer, is on view at Craven Allen Gallery in Durham through July 12.
“Damian was exploring photographic imagery in his paintings, and when I saw works from the Finch collection in the ‘Light Sensitive’ photography exhibition at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, I was intrigued by the idea of juxtaposing these two visions,” John Bloedorn, gallery owner, said of the exhibit.
The gallery is at 1106-1/2 Broad St. It is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
Info: 919-286-4837 or cravenallengallery.com
N.C. Theatre 2014-15 season
N.C. Theatre and Broadway Series South have added a 1920s-era feel-good musical to their 2014-15 season, replacing “Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.”
“Nice Work If You Can Get It” will run Jan. 20-25, 2015, and the two organizations team up to stage “Peter and the Starcatcher,” March 10-15, 2015.
Other plays in the N.C. Theatre season lineup are: “A Chorus Line,” Oct. 14-19; “Billy Elliot,” Feb. 10-15, 2015; “Next to Normal,” May 1-10, 2015; and “The Buddy Holly Story,” July 21-26, 2015.
Performances are at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh.
Info: 919-831-6941, ext. 6944, or nctheatre.com
Storybook Theater auditions
Auditions are on tap May 16 for Storybook Theater’s production of “How I Became A Pirate,” in partnership with Broadway Series South.
Everyone auditioning must be able to sing and execute standard musical theater-style dancing.
To schedule an audition, email Michele Weathers at email@example.com.
The show will play July 9-20 at the Fletcher Theatre at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. A portion of proceeds from Storybook Theater ticket sales benefits Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh.
Student art on exhibit
“North Carolina and Me: Student Art From the Newcomers School,” a show of work created by 60 third- to fifth-graders participating in a Guilford County elementary school program, is on view through July 27 at the N.C. Museum of Art. The young artists attend a public school that serves newly arrived immigrant and refugee students. ... Art by students in Durham public schools will be on view through May 21 at Northgate Mall. Sunday is the final day of the exhibit of middle- and high-school art; elementary school students show their work starting Wednesday. The mall is at 1058 W. Club Blvd. in Durham.