Duchamp masterpiece goes on view at Ackland
Through June 7, the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill will show a newly acquired work regarded as a 20th century art masterpiece.
“From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy” is a box containing 80 small-scale reproductions of Marcel Duchamp’s work. Duchamp, a contemporary of Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, prepared the miniatures in France about the time World War II broke out. He then smuggled them out of occupied Paris when he immigrated to the U.S. in 1942.
Duchamp envisioned them as boxes in which his work would be collected and mounted like a portable museum. He issued more than 300 of the custom-built boxes between 1941 and 1968. Ackland’s box is from an edition of 75 created in 1966.
“Much of contemporary art makes no sense without acknowledging and experiencing the foundational role of Marcel Duchamp,” said Peter Nisbet, the museum’s chief curator and interim director, in announcing the acquisition. “We are thrilled to add this essential dimension to the Ackland’s collection with this very significant acquisition, a work that literally encapsulates virtually an entire oeuvre by a true master of modern art.”
The museum is at 101 S. Columbia St. It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free.
Info: 919-966-5736 or ackland.org
Help Artspace guest artist with installation
Artspace is looking for volunteers to help a visiting artist in residence set up a large-scale, collaborative installation in its Upfront Gallery.
The centerpiece of artist Jaimie Warren’s residency will be an interactive installation pulling together elements of theater production, photography and art history. She is looking for set designers, costume makers and performers of all skill levels to help throughout the month and will train them at a workshop at 6 p.m. Monday. Volunteers between the ages of 12 and 80 are welcome.
Warren will host open studios and performances several days a week during May and a final rehearsal and shoot at month’s end.
Artspace is at 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh.
Info: 919-821-2787 or artspacenc.org
N.C. Symphony education program is benefit focus
More than a dozen local artists will be selling their works and three North Carolina bands will perform from 1-8 p.m. Saturday at a benefit for the N.C. Symphony’s music and education program.
The event will take place at Nickelpoint Brewing Co., 506 Pershing Road in Raleigh. The CockADoodleMoo food truck will be on hand and there will be auctions during the day. Michael Morrison Art is a co-sponsor of the event. Admission is free.
The symphony performs more than 175 concerts a year in more than 50 North Carolina counties.
Entertainment will be provided by Wade Hill of Clayton, Upon the Wake of Raleigh and Astro Cowboy of Wilmington.
Info: 260-758-0278 or michaelmorrisonart.com
Artist friends exhibit works at Hansley Gallery
Two longtime friends have an exhibit opening Sunday at Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh.
Gerry Lynch of Apex and Pat Scull of Chapel Hill, who had studios at Artspace and remain affiliated with the downtown studio complex, are showing paintings, along with ceramics by Scull. Their work will be on view through June 17.
“The artists share an abstract aesthetic that works well in a combined exhibit like this one,” gallery owner Lee Hansley said in announcing the exhibit. “Gerry’s work is more gestural and Pat’s deals more with absolute shapes. There is a strong relationship between Scull’s paintings and her ceramic works, which include cachepots, teapots and wall pieces.”
The artists will be on hand from 2-5 p.m. for an opening reception. The gallery is at 225 Glenwood Ave.
Info: 919-828-7557 or leehansleygallery.com
MFA candidates featured in UNC exhibit
Ackland Art Museum is showing the work of 11 artists who are completing their master of fine arts degrees at UNC-Chapel Hill. The group show, “The Land of No Things,” is on view through June 7.
Those showing their work are Peter Barnett, Anna Delgado, Mijoo Kim, Katy Mixon, Naomi Elizabeth O’Donnell, Eric Pickersgill, Shane Smith, Sydney Steen, Allison Tierney, Amy White and Gesche Würfel. Chris Vitiello is the curator.
The artists are “wary of objects while also being, as visual artists, individuals who express themselves by producing objects,” Vitiello said in explaining the exhibit’s theme. “If they could make no things, they would.” Works on view include photography, paintings, sculptures and more.
The museum is at 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill. It is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
Info: 919-966-5736 or ackland.org
N.C. realists show paintings in Raleigh
Two North Carolina realists – Diana Coidan and Cecilia Guitarte – will show their work through June 6 at Nicole’s Studio & Art Gallery in Raleigh.
Coidan, a Raleigh artist, works in pastels, while Guitarte, of Cary, works in oils.
The gallery is at 719 N. Person St. It is open 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; noon-4 p.m. Saturday; and by appointment.
Info: 919-838-8580 or nicolestudio.com
Nominations due for 2015 N.C. Award
Know someone in North Carolina who has made a notable accomplishment in literature, science, fine arts or public service?
Nominate him or her for a 2015 North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor. Nominations are due May 8 and may be submitted at http://nando.com/12s.
To receive an application by email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-807-7256.
Winners will be named in November. Past winners include David Brinkley, William Friday, Billy Graham and Maya Angelou.
Brass groups to perform in Durham
Two North Carolina brass ensembles will team up Saturday for a concert in Durham.
Triangle Brass Band and the Smoky Mountain Brass Band perform at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St. Donations will be accepted to benefit the Durham Interfaith Hospitality Network, which assists homeless families.
Guest artists are cornet soloist Kent Foss and tenor horn soloist Robin Gorham. Tony Granados directs the Triangle group and David Wilken directs the Smoky Mountain band.
Info: 919-683-1386 or trinitydurham.org
Call for artists
May 21 is the deadline to enter “Fresh: New Works by North Carolina Artists,” a juried exhibit at Raleigh’s Artspace.
The competition is open to artists 18 years of age and older who work in North Carolina. Submissions may be in any medium, available for sale, less than 2 years old and no larger than 48 inches. Artists may submit one piece for judging. Entry fee is $15 for members; $25 for nonmembers.
Cora Fischer, curator of contemporary at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, is the judge. Cash awards will be presented for Best in Show ($500); second place ($250); third place ($100); and people’s choice ($75).
The exhibit will run May 29 though June 26.
A portion of exhibit proceeds will support scholarships for Artspace’s summer arts program.
To apply, visit artspacenc.org.
▪ Durham Art Walk Spring Market takes place from 1-5 p.m. Sunday in downtown Durham. Twenty-two venues will display the work of more than 250 artists. The event is free.
Info: 919-560-2787 or durhamartwalk.com
Mixed media artist Molly Cassidy will demonstrate the art of collage from 3:30-5 p.m. Friday at Wake County’s North Regional Library, 7009 Harps Mill Road, Raleigh.
Info: 919-870-4000 or papernymph.com
▪ Eggistentialism 2.0, a celebration of urban farming and all things chicken, is on view through May 29 at Tipping Paint Gallery, 311 W. Martin St., Raleigh. The gallery is open 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 6-9 p.m. First Fridays.
▪ Raleigh artists Tara Locklear and Megan Clark will show their original jewelry designs Friday through May 10 at the Artisphere festival in Greenville, S.C. Both were selected through a competitive jury review.
▪ Triangle Brass Band performs a program of spiritual music at 8 p.m. Friday at the Cary Arts Center, 100 Dry Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for seniors/students plus tax and processing.
Info: 919-462-2055 or trianglebrass.org
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