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Ackland Art Museum
101 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

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December 21, 2016

Color Across Asia is part of a groundbreaking re-installation of the Ackland Art Museum’s Asian galleries, presenting the museum’s acclaimed collection of art from across the continent.

The larger of the Ackland’s two Asian art galleries will be reinstalled by color, enabling visitors to experience a full spectrum of cultural influence. Color Across Asia displays several millennia of the material cultures of Asia, showcasing a rich history of innovation, invention and imitation. From the pure white of Chinese kaolin clay to the rich black of Japanese lacquers―and all the colors in between―Ackland visitors will see how pigments, precious metals and glazing techniques made their way from Iranian grand bazaars to Indian temples, Chinese palaces, Japanese teahouses and beyond.

This installation has been made possible in part by The Ruth and Sherman Lee Fund for Asian Art and the Lee Family, Philip and Linda Carl, and James Keith Brown and Eric Diefenbach.

Start: December 21, 2016 @ 8:00 am
End: May 13, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

August 25, 2017

The Ackland recently acquired — by gift and purchase from the distinguished collection of Norma Canelas Roth and William Roth of Winter Haven, Florida — 29 fine pieces of nineteenth- and twentieth-century beadwork by peoples of the South East Cape region of what is now South Africa. Few museums can claim such rich holdings.

South African beadwork is an art of vibrant colors, sophisticated patterns and varied textures. The works on view derive from three principal population groups in the area: the Mfengu, the Zulu and the Ndebele. Of particular note are rare examples of nineteenth-century beadwork, probably collected by European Christian missionaries.

Instead of the carved wooden masks and figurative sculpture so often seen in museum collections of African art, this new acquisition shifts our attention to the work of women, with less emphasis on ritual objects and more on the adornment of everyday life and its significant moments. There are traditions of beaded art throughout the African continent. For South Africa, this hybrid form of expression developed with the ready availability of glass beads imported by British traders, beginning in the mid-nineteenth century.

This exhibit is on view until January 7.

Start: August 25, 2017
End: January 7, 2018

October 6, 2017

When modern war technologies, such as long-range ammunition, torpedoes and electric searchlights, were introduced into the First Sino-Japanese War and the Russo-Japanese War at the turn of the 20th century, Japanese printmakers documenting battle scenes skillfully adapted the centuries-old techniques of ukiyo-e (woodblock printing) to achieve altogether new atmospheric and light effects. The Ackland Art Museum’s exhibition Flash of Light, Fog of War examines how these printmakers created dynamic compositions—soldiers silhouetted against fiery pyrotechnic explosions, beams of bright white electrical light illuminating the hulls of steel warships and the haze of spent gunpowder obscuring the brutal combat of the battlefield—that were part reportage and part dazzling artistic display.

This exhibition has been made possible by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Ackland’s Ruth and Sherman Lee Fund for Asian Art.

Start: October 6, 2017
End: January 7, 2018

January 3, 2018

Asia is the birthplace of many of the world’s major systems of belief, and reflects the religious diversity of the planet. This installation presents the deities and artistic traditions of the world’s most populous continent, representing Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and more.

Religion and Ritual is part of a groundbreaking re-installation of the Ackland Art Museum’s Asian galleries, presenting the Museum’s acclaimed collection of art from across the continent.

Start: January 3, 2018
End: May 13, 2018