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Ackland Art Museum.
Gathered from the private
collections of more than
British, born 1931:
Ceres Fan, 1985;
oil on canvas.
Loaned by Peter
Mallinson ’82 (’83
MBA) and Elisabetta
Mallinson. © Bridget
Riley 2011. All
Ackland Turns to Alumni Collections
Remember those art posters we used to dress up the bare walls in dorms and apartments? Well,
some of us went out, a few years
later, and acquired the real thing.
From Monet to Calder, from
Bourgeois to Kusama, “Carolina
Collects: 150 Years of Modern
and Contemporary Art” is
an all-alumni show that
opened Sept. 9 and runs
through Dec. 4 at the
45 alumni, the exhibition
brings together nearly 90
treasures by some of the
most renowned artists of the
modern era — paintings,
drawings, prints, photographs
and sculptures — many of which
have rarely been exhibited.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the
breadth and quality of the alumni collec-
tions of modern and contemporary art that
we’ve been able to discover,” said Emily
Kass, the Ackland’s director.
Exhibition curator Peter Nisbet
chose only one outstanding work
from any one artist, to maintain a
broad diversity of styles. It includes
American artists Marsden Hartley,
Thomas Hart Benton, Isamu
Noguchi, George Bellows, Louise
Nevelson, Arthur Dove, Milton
Avery, Alice Neel, Richard
Diebenkorn, David Smith, Hans
Hofmann, Roy Lichtenstein, Meyer
Schapiro, Andy Warhol, Joan
Mitchell, Robert Smithson, Jasper Johns
and others. Among the Europeans repre-
sented are Camille Pissarro, Gustave Doré,
Auguste Renoir, Alfred Sisley, André
Derain, Henri Rousseau, Emil Nolde, El
Lissitsky, Gaston Lachaise, Pablo Picasso,
Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Henry
Moore and others.
than 40 years ago.
One area of particular strength is photography, with works by Lewis Hine, Ansel
Adams, Edward Weston, Walker Evans,
Weegee and others.
The museum has planned several special
events around the exhibition:
■ A Black and White Gala on Sept. 24 will
celebrate the alumni collectors.
■ On Nov. 6, Nisbet will moderate a
forum on unexpected aspects of collecting.
■ Arts Over Lunch is two lunchtime lectures, at noon Oct. 5 and Nov. 2, designed
to illuminate the techniques seen in the
artworks of “Carolina Collects.”
Danish, born 1967:
Yellow Planet, 2008;
cable. Loaned by
James Keith Brown
’84 and Eric
Diefenbach. © Olafur
■ Tea at Two features a discussion with
Nisbet and Kass on Perspectives on
“Carolina Collects” on Nov. 9. GAA
members can attend a second of these,
on Nov. 13, at no charge.
Nisbet said he knows of only one
other public university that has mounted
such an exhibition, and that was more
■ Alumni returning for Homecoming can
attend a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 28
and take tours led by museum staff.