Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

July 5, 2014 

Pine Room relief for sale

A relief sculpture that filled a wall in the Pine Room, a popular snack shop at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Lenoir Hall from the early 1960s until the 1990s, is being sold to benefit Carolina’s art department.

The nine-section sculpture – by Robert Howard, who taught at UNC from 1951 to 1988 – is on display through July 30 at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh, where it will be offered for sale.

“The artist was one of the most esteemed sculptors of his time,” Hansley said in an announcement of the exhibit and sale.

Howard’s works are in collections at the N.C. Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York City, among other noteworthy institutions. One of his works was displayed for years in the garden of New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art and another spent seven years on display in the lobby of Mies van der Rohe’s Seagrams Building on Park Avenue.

Howard’s Pine Room relief has had several homes on the Chapel Hill campus. When Lenoir closed for renovations in the 1990s, it was reinstalled in a new configuration in the central stairway of the Robert House Undergraduate Library. When the library was renovated, elements of the piece were on view at Hanes Art Center until recently.

The work will fill one gallery of the three-person relief sculpture exhibit at Hansley’s gallery. Chattanooga artists Roger Halligan and Jan Chenoweth have simultaneous shows on view.

The gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave in Raleigh. It is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is free.

Info: 919-828-7557 or

‘Iron Curtain’ premieres

The world premiere of David Edgar’s “Iron Curtain Trilogy” is the centerpiece of Burning Coal Theatre Company’s just-announced 2014-15 mainstage season.

The trilogy, about the fall of communism in Europe, is presented to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989. The symbolic Cold War boundary between Communism and democracy, the wall kept East Germans from fleeing to the West for 28 years.

The trilogy consistes of three plays: “The Shape of the Table,” “Pentecost,” and “The Prisoner’s Dilemma.” Directed by Jerome Davis, it will run in repertory from Sept. 4-27. The location will be announced later.

Other plays on the mainstage lineup are “Romeo and Juliet,” Jan. 22-Feb. 15, 2015; and “Sunday in the Park with George,” April 9-May 3, 2015. Both will be performed at the Murphey School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh.

Info: 919-834-4001 or

Duke Performances lineup

Six new commissions highlight the just-announced 2014-15 season for Duke Performances.

Sept. 5: The Campbell Brothers interpret “A Love Supreme,” John Coltrane’s seminal jazz album, with their blend of African American gospel and amplified steel guitar. At Hayti Heritage Center.

Oct. 18: Jazz trio The Bad Plus interpret Ornette Coleman’s album, “Science Fiction.” At Baldwin Auditorium.

Nov. 20-23: Solo guitarist William Tyler reflects on the Civil War’s legacy in “Corduroy Roads,” a soundtrack to accompany photos taken by George Barnard and Alexander Gardner recently acquired by Duke University libraries. At The Shadowbox.

Feb. 20-21, 2015: “The Subtle One,” a new work by choreographer Ronald K. Brown and the Evidence Dance Company, with music by Jason Moran & the Bandwagon. At Reynolds Industries Theater.

March 20, 2015: In “Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait” composer-singer-violinst Jenny Scheinman sets an original live score to archival footage of Piedmont life by the late North Carolina filmmaker H. Lee Waters. At Reynolds Industries Theater.

March 27-28, 2015: “Lion and the Lamb,” a new work inspired by “Book of Hours,” featuring Ari Picker of the orchestral indie rock band Lost in the Trees. At the Nelson Music Room.

For information on the full season or to order tickets, visit

Viewing Modernist homes

“Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Architectural Legacy,” a lecture and slideshow, will be offered three times during July at Wake County libraries.

George Smart of N.C. Modernist Houses will join other architectural historians for the talks. The slideshow features 50 award-winning homes culled from the archives of Smart’s organization, home to the nation’s largest archive of modernist houses and those who design them.

This is the schedule:

• Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cameron Village Library, 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh.

• Tuesday, July 22 at 7 p.m. at West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Drive, Cary.

• Wednesday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m. at North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh.


Boys choir home from NYC

The Durham-based N.C. Boys Choir is back from New York, where it performed with other invited youth choirs at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium.

Grant Gershon, music director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale and the Los Angeles Opera, conducted.

The choir, in its 43rd season, was one of several from across the country invited for the American Music Performance Nationals.

In addition to the sold-out show at Carnegie Hall on June 21, the group also performed at three concerts in Pennsylvania.

Directors of the Durham group are Bill Graham and Scott Mann. Accompanist is David Cole.

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