The Gregg Museum has moved!
The Gregg Museum has moved to a temporary swing space. In our transition, we will have exhibitions on display in other galleries across Raleigh. Read below to find out where each exhibition will be. For more information about the Gregg Museum of Art & Design please call us at (919) 515-3503 or e-mail us at email@example.com. For more information about the move, please click here.
EXHIBITIONS CURRENTLY ON DISPLAY
November 21, 2013 – January 31, 2014
Opening reception 6pm Thursday November 21
AND WITH THIS SHELL, THE SEA: The Ceramic Art of Siglinda Scarpa
Installed at NCSU’s Historic Chancellor’s Residence, 1903 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh NC, the future site of the Gregg Museum. Open by appointment Monday - Friday 9am-5pm; call 919-513-7244 or 919-515-3503 or email Zoe Starling.
North Carolinians are justifiably proud of their state’s famous ceramics heritage and often point toward sturdy folkwares from Seagrove, the Catawba Valley and other rural locales as artisanal indicators of strong craft traditions and deep ties to the land. But with the exception of Native American pottery, most of it actually has roots originating elsewhere, ranging from the villages of Germany, Africa, Japan and China to the porcelain factories of England’s Stoke-on-Trent.
The Mediterranean should be included among such sources as well. North Carolina potter Siglinda Scarpa was born in northwestern Italy at the outset of World War II, and was still in her mid-teens when she left school to be apprenticed to a master ceramicist. This turned out to be a pivotal moment in a life that would later lead to studios in Rome and New York, and eventually to Pittsboro, NC, where she founded her own small art pottery studio and has been making her clay art and sheltering abandoned cats ever since.
This winter, to mark Siglinda’s lifetime of generous creativity, the Gregg will be presenting a special exhibition that will suggest the full range of her work, from extremely fragile and airy porcelain sculptures that call to mind delicate undersea corals or passing clouds, to very robust and practical cookwares that make cooking a kind of performance art itself. Whether as thin and translucent as kitten ears or adorned with ornamental vines and leaves, all of her work reveals an intense and exuberant response to the world of nature surrounding her, all the while celebrating the joy of being alive.
The title of the show comes Siglinda Scarpa’s own 1979 poem, Elena:
Non so cosa puoi prendere I don’t know what you can take from me,
Ma so che ti posso dare . . . But I know what I can give you . . .
Una conchiglia A shell
e con essa il mare! And with it the sea!
September 19 - December 18, 2013
Opening reception 6pm Thursday September 19
MEASURE OF EARTH: Textiles and Territory in West Africa
Installed at the African American Cultural Center Gallery, 2nd Floor, Witherspoon Student Center, 2810 Cates Avenue, corner of Dan Allen Drive, Raleigh NC
Drawing primarily from the rich holdings of African materials in the Gregg Museum’s permanent collections, MEASURE OF EARTH explores the intricate relationships and meanings behind the patterns and imagery of West African textiles. The exhibition title refers to how African art not only serves to form visual links between local traditions and specific features and places in the landscape, but also to the geometric patterning that yields vivid visual energy to the textiles, artifacts and clothing that people wear. The word “geometry” derives from Latin words for "earth” and “measuring.”
The MEASURE OF EARTH exhibition include a student-participatory fashion show in the Campus Cinema in Witherspoon Student Center on November 7 at 7pm, created by Ghanaian designer/dressmaker Adelaide Afua Wotortsi who now lives in Durham.
The nearest parking is behind the Student Health Center across Cates Avenue; free to the public after 5pm. Before 5pm, parking is available at the Dan Allen Parking Deck (at the corner of Dan Allen Drive and Yarborough Drive) for $2 per hour, a maximum of $10 per day.
January 23 – May 11, 2014
Opening reception 6pm Thursday January 23
THEATER OF BELIEF: Afro-Atlantic costuming and masking in large-format color photographs by Phyllis Galembo
Installed at the African American Cultural Center Gallery, 2nd Floor, Witherspoon Student Center, 2810 Cates Avenue, corner of Dan Allen Drive, Raleigh
A concurrent exhibition of Galembo’s work will be installed by the Gregg Museum in the Frankie G. Weems Art Gallery, Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, running January 23 – March 30, 2014. Contact 919-760-8239, -8332, firstname.lastname@example.org
THEATER OF BELIEF is accompanied by Documenting Disguise, a symposium on February 12-13, featuring a keynote lecture by Phyllis Galembo and a panel of other scholars and photographers.
Phyllis Galembo, professor of photography at the University at Albany-SUNY, brings a fashion photographer's highly developed technical skills and sensibilities to bear on ethnographic subject matter in a series of stunning portraits from West Africa. Her work will be shown jointly at Meredith College and NCSU’s African American Cultural Center in a collaboration organized by the Gregg Museum.
Galembo’s images, as noted by Roberta Smith in The New York Times, “. . . are both portraits and documents, but their combination of dignity, conviction and formal power . . . gives them a votive aspect similar to European paintings of saints or kings.”
The costumes, masks and clothing worn by her subjects reveal an intense fascination with the creativity of masquerade that often surpasses the most elaborate examples of haute couture. This has led to an exhibition record that includes not only many European and American museums of anthropology, art and natural history, but also at places like New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology.
Galembo is the author of Divine Inspiration from Benin to Bahia, Vodou: Visions and Voices of Haiti, and Dressed for Thrills: 100 Years of Halloween and Masquerade Costumes. For the past fourteen years she has photographed masking and costuming throughout Haiti, Louisiana, Brazil, Benin, Burkina Faso and Nigeria.
February 6 – May 23, 2014
Opening reception 6pm Thursday February 6
REMNANTS OF THE FLOATING WORLD: Japanese Art from the Permanent Collection
Installed at NCSU’s Historic Chancellor’s Residence, 1903 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, the future site of the Gregg Museum. Open by appointment Monday - Friday 9am-5pm; call 919-513-7244 or 919-515-3503 or email Zoe Starling.
Before long the Gregg Museum will move into its first stand-alone building, the historic Chancellor’s Residence at the northern end of Pullen Park. Behind the handsome 1928 home is a walled garden that takes full advantage of the taller trees rising in the park beyond—a concept known to Japanese Zen gardeners as shakkei (借景), or “borrowed landscape.”
In planning the adaptation of the site for the new museum, great care will be taken to preserve and enhance the views of the park and its mature trees and shrubs as much as possible. At the same time, the grounds will be made more accessible for visitors to turn their attention to a natural setting where they will be able to read, talk, study or meditate among appealing works of outdoor art.
This kind of experience was described by Zen priest Asai Ryōi in his 1661 book, Ukiyo-monogatari (浮世物語, “Tales of the Floating World”), when he portrayed a sensation of “. . . living only for the moment, savoring the moon, the snow, the cherry blossoms and the maple leaves, singing songs, diverting oneself in just . . . letting oneself drift, buoyant and carefree, like a gourd floating along in a river current . . . .”
To celebrate the landscape surrounding its new site, REMNANTS OF THE FLOATING WORLD draws upon the treasures of the Gregg’s permanent collection to present an exhibition of Japanese ceramics, textiles, 19th century color woodblock prints (ukiyo-e, 浮世絵 , literally "pictures of the floating world"). The prints depict courtesans in elegant kimonos, warrior-heroes on military ventures, sinister ghosts and witches, theatrical performances and scenes of leisure—a delightful glimpse into the past as the Gregg prepares for its exciting future.
The Gregg Museum of Art & Design maintains a permanent collection of more than 20,000 objects, including textiles, ceramics, folk and outsider art, photographs, furniture, ethnographic artifacts, architectural drawings, and fine art. Any student or member of the public can arrange to access and study them personally by contacting the museum ahead of time.
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