Theater backers fund new seating
In late January, Carolina Theatre of Durham Inc., the nonprofit that operates the city-owned historic venue on Morgan Street, launched a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com to help underwrite the estimated $60,000 cost to replace its 21 year-old cinema seats.
The community rallied to help the theatre: 611 supporters pledged $61,805 to cover the entire estimated cost of the project.
Each of the 524 Kickstarter backers who contributed more than $49 toward the new seats were eligible to receive the benefit of tickets to one of the special advance screenings scheduled for last Thursday or Friday.
The Carolina Theatre’s cinemas were closed from Sunday, March 29, through last Thursday afternoon while crews from the Irwin Seating Company installed 282 modern maroon seats with cupholders and movable armrests.
The cinemas reopened to the general public in time for 7 p.m. screenings on Friday, including the return of the theater’s long-running Retro film series featuring “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir” and “Bell, Book & Candle.”
New screenprint exhibit at Nasher is far out
An exhibition of screenprints from the era of war protests, the hippy movement and psychedelic culture opened Thursday at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
“Colour Correction: British and American Screenprints, 1967-1975,” drawn mostly from the Nasher Museum’s collection, focuses on a period of experimentation and productivity that many art historians call the “golden age” of screenprinting.
The exhibition includes more than 100 works by 40 artists – from the playful pop art of Andy Warhol and Eduardo Paolozzi to the scathing political critiques of May Stevens, and the minimalist abstractions and optical exercises by Richard Anuszkiewicz, William T. Williams and Liliane Lijn. These artists, among the first to use screenprinting outside the commercial art world, helped redefine screenprinting as a fine art form.
“This show is a visual journey through a tumultuous moment in time – of social, political and aesthetic change – seen through the lens of the screenprint medium,” said Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum. “We are lucky to have these works in our collection, and we are thrilled that our newest curator, Marshall Price, rediscovered them during his explorations of our storage areas.”
“Colour Correction” will be complemented by free programs and events, including a Family Day event, public library talks, a teacher workshop, an evening of early digital animated shorts and more. An audio guide features selections of music from the era and commentary by Marshall Price, the Nancy Hanks Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art; Duke student Nicole Rudden; and Bill Fick and Merrill Shatzman, faculty in Duke’s Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies.
FRANK Gallery to mark 5th birthday
FRANK Gallery, a nonprofit artists’ collective showcasing the work of local and regional fine artists and providing community outreach programs, is selling tickets for its fifth annual birthday bash and fundraising gala, “Off the Wall.”
The gala will kick off at 6 p.m. Saturday at FRANK Gallery, 109 E. Franklin St.
FRANK’s 2015 gala is newly designed for a special audience of supporters and will feature a wall filled with an exclusive collection of 55 high quality art pieces donated by area artists. Each Art Ticket holder will have a chance to select a piece of art off the wall or from the display cases and take it home.
This year’s gala also will highlight the gallery’s outreach work in the local community. FRANK has partnerships with community programs, such as its mentorship of the Karen Youth Art Group and collaboration with members of the Autism Spectrum Disorder community, as well as its annual and wildly popular Rubbish to Runway show involving aspiring artists and designers from area middle schools, high schools, colleges and the community. Proceeds from ticket sales help support these and other educational and community outreach programs and exhibits.
FRANK artists and other well-known area artists have donated 55 works of art, valued from more than $350 to $3,000. FRANK is offering only 55 Art Tickets for sale this year, equal to the number of donated artworks, ensuring that each Art Ticket holder will take home a prized work of art. In a random drawing, each Art Ticket holder will be able to choose a selection off the wall as his or her name is called.
Art Tickets are $450 each. Companion tickets are $50 if accompanied by a $450 Art Ticket purchase. Supporters also have the option of purchasing a Patron’s Ticket for $155, which grants two people access to the gala, including the opportunity to participate in a live art auction and a grand prize drawing that evening.
Donated artwork went on display beginning Tuesday, two weeks before the event. Art donated to date can be viewed on the Web at www.frankisart.com/gala2015.