Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill
Free admission. 919-966-5736, ackland.org
▪ Flash of Light, Fog of War: Japanese Military Prints, 1894-1905: Works by Japanese printmakers, who documented battle scenes during the first Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War at the turn of the 20th century. Oct. 6-Jan. 7.
409 W. Martin St., Raleigh
$5; free on First Fridays.
▪ “The Long Goodbye ... Eric Yahnker”: Site-specific installation of 44 portraits of former president Barack Obama by Yahnker, an Los Angeles artist. Through Sept. 10.
▪ “No Damsel”: 18 paintings of your favorite Princesses reimagined as contemporary women by Los Angeles artist Dorian Lynde features a series. The show is being held over through Jan. 7 with three new exterior murals by Lynde.
▪ “And Then The Sun Swallowed Me”: A new site installation by Durham artist Heather Gordon opens Oct. 6.
▪ An as yet untitled site installation by Los Angeles artists Shelly Holcomb and Whitney Gibson opens Oct. 6.
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
Admission to the Museum’s permanent collection and Museum Park is free. There is a charge for some special exhibitions.
▪ “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair”: 40 ensembles by designers such as Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie and Alexander McQueen. Oct. 28-Jan. 21, East Building, Meymandi Exhibition Gallery. Ticketed.
▪ Threads of Africa: A Celebration of Art, Nature, and People: noon-5p.m. Sept. 23, East Building and Museum Park. Free
▪ “Andrea Donnelly: We’ve Met Before”: Larger-than-life textiles featuring images of the human body, blot and floral abstractions. Aug. 26-Jan. 28, East Building, Level B. Free.
▪ “A Kiss of the Earth” by Sabine Gruffat: An interactive computer-animated video and sound installation inspired by Sergei Diaghilev’s 1913 Ballets Russes production of “The Rite of Spring,” scored by Igor Stravinsky. Aug. 28-Jan. 28, East Building, Video Gallery. Free.
▪ “Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings”: 11 paintings, created between 1984 and 1990, Sept. 23-Dec. 31, East Building, Joyce W. Pope Gallery. Free
▪ “Night(Light)”: Sept. 30-Jan. 28, East Building, Level B, Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Gallery. Free.
▪ “Rhythmic Vitality: Photographs by Barbara Morgan, one of the founders of the photography magazine Aperture, from the museum’s permanent collection, Sept. 30-Jan. 28, East Building, Level B, Julian T. Baker Jr. Photography Gallery. Free.
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Drive, Durham
$4 non-Duke students with ID, $5 65 and older, $7 other adults. Free 15 and younger.
▪ “The Medici’s Painter: Carlo Dolci and 17th-Century Florence”: The exhibition includes 30 paintings and works on paper, including a rare 17th-century Florentine still life. Works are on loan from the Louvre in Paris, Uffizi Gallery in Florence, J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, Detroit Institute of Arts, and private Italian collections. There also will be a digital scan of one Dolci’s sketchbooks on a tablet, allowing visitors to turn pages to see the drawings. Aug. 24-Jan. 14.
▪ “Disorderly Conduct: American Painting and Sculpture, 1960-1990”: An exhibition of works from the collection that showcase the varied artistic reactions to the dominance of Abstract Expressionism. Included styles: Minimalism, Pop Art, post-Minimalism, neo-Expressionism, photorealism and New Realism. Sept. 21-Feb. 25.
Sonja Haynes Stone Center
150 South Road, UNC campus, Chapel Hill
All events are free and open to the public.
▪ Meaningful Fiction and the Figurative Tradition: The Art of Mequitta Ahuja: Figurative works, that deal with issues of the body, mind and our unique place in history, through Nov. 22. Opening reception 7 p.m. Sept. 14 with an artist Ahuja. In the Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum.
▪ The Sonja Haynes Stone Memorial Lecture: By Edwidge Danticat, author of numerous books, including “Claire of the Sea Light” and “Brother, I’m Dying,” a National Book Critics Circle Award winner and National Book Award finalist. Danticat is the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. 7 p.m. Sept. 28, Hitchcock Room.
▪ The Diaspora Festival of Black and Independent Film: This year’s theme is “Our Diaspora: Where Every Life is an Epic Story.” The festival runs Sept. 28-Nov. 14 and includes more than 20 films from across the African diaspora. For a full list of films, dates and times, see the Stone Center’s website.
Studio tours/art walks
▪ Orange County Artists Guild Studio Tour: 85 artists will open their studios to visitors, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4 and 11, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 5 and 12. A brochure with maps and guides to the studios will be available in September. Representative samples of the art will be available at two receptions: The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts, 121 N. Churton St., 6-9 p.m. Oct. 27, and at The Frank Art Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 2. Details at orangecountyartistsguild.com.
▪ Durham County Pottery Tour: 2 pottery studios will be open, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 4, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 5. Find the list at Durhamcountypotterytour.com or get information at Claymakers, 701 Foster St., Durham, Free. 919-530-8355
▪ Durham Neighborhood and Friends Art Walk: Dozens of artists in homes across Watts Hospital-Hillandale neighborhood will display and sell arts ranging from stained glass, weavings, jewelry, pottery, paintings, wood work, container gardens, photographs, and many other locally crafted arts, noon-5 p.m. Nov. 12. On day of walk maps be available at 1301 Alabama Ave., Durham, 27705 and each clearly-marked site and online www.whhna.org. Free.