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detail of abstract painting
detail of abstract painting
Detail from Joel Shapiro, Untitled (Jazz at Lincoln Center), 1996, color screenprint on paper, ed. 57/108, 41 3/8 x 34 in. Weatherspoon Art Museum. Gift of Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass in honor of Nancy Doll, 2019.

Note: In light of recent developments regarding the Coronavirus, please check with the host institutions directly to make sure there are no event cancellations.

As spring creeps onto campus, and colors come into view, there’s also a lot of great visual art-related events making a splash this month — including campus exhibitions and a North Carolina Museum of Art exhibition featuring alumni and faculty. We’ve highlighted them here:

Continuing the theme of basketball and culture this month at the Weatherspoon, Richie Zweigenhaft, professor of psychology at Guilford College, will give a talk on “Geezerball” on Thursday, March 12, 6:30 p.m., at the museum, with a nod to the “To the Hoop” exhibition. The story is: a noontime pickup basketball game started at Guilford in 1976. Now, 44 years later, it’s still going. In his account Zweigenhaft explores reasons the game has lasted into the 21st century and why it has become so central in the lives of a group of aging adults. For more information on the talk see https://weatherspoonart.org/event-mar-12-geezerball-richie-zweigenhaft/

Two other innovative Weatherspoon exhibitions will be open through April 5:

“Time, Space, Place, Trace”
This project is a collaboration between the Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG’s School of Art, and students from education classes during the spring 2019 and 2020 semesters. Working with Curator of Collections Elaine D. Gustafson and Associate Professor of Art Sunny Spillane, students were tasked to originate, research, and collaborate on an exhibition drawn from the museum’s collection. Upon determining the curatorial thesis, the students then selected, previewed, and evaluated artworks that illustrated and strengthened their concept. This semester, students have used he exhibition as a springboard to create curriculum-based lesson plans for Guilford County teachers. This is the second time that the Weatherspoon and the School of Art have collaborated on an exhibition to provide art education students a hands-on professional museum experience.

For more information see https://weatherspoonart.org/exhibition-time-space-place-trace/

“Finding Meaning: The Power and Possibility of Abstraction”
Featuring significant artworks by both regionally and nationally recognized artists gifted by Chapel Hill art patrons and collectors Charles Weinraub and Emily Kass.

Humankind has a rich history of trying to understand natural environments through frameworks like time, topography, geology, and documentation. This exhibition brings together artworks from the museum’s permanent collection that explore ideas about erosion, entropy, encroachment, and impermanence as well as nature’s beauty and magnitude. Emil Lukas’s sculpture “Time Line under Pear Tree, 1994-96,” serves as the exhibition’s focal point among documentary, abstract, conceptual, and surrealist artworks.

See more information at https://weatherspoonart.org/exhibition-finding-meaning

“Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting” On exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh through July 26. The exhibition presents 25 emerging, mid-career, and established artists working within a variety of mediums and ideas, and includes faculty member Barbara Campbell Thomas and MFA alumnae Ashlynn Browning ‘02 (who is also the guest curator of the show) and Carmen Neely ‘16. More information on the exhibition, including ticket info, can be found at https://ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions/view/52114

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