Gregg Museum of art & design
2008-2009 Exhibitions
August 21 - December 17, 2008
Frozen Music: Frank Gehry and the Walt Disney Concert Hall

This exhibition spotlights Gehry’s most recent visible accomplishment, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Frozen Music tells the story of the building's design process, construction and completed form. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a series of more than 70 images by photographer Gil Garcetti, who was fascinated by the choreography of workers assembling the concert hall's complex steel frame. He photographed the workers, then returned after the building's completion to record a fabulous series of panoramic photos. Garcetti became well-known as the district attorney for Los Angeles during the prosecution of O.J. Simpson. The exhibition organizer is the Virginia Center for Architecture in Richmond.


August 21 - October 8, 2008

From the Inside Looking Out: The Journals, Drawings and Prints of Charles Ritchie


The drawings, prints, and sketchbooks of Charles Ritchie find inspiration in the artist's suburban home. Small in size and created in series, the drawings employ watercolor, graphite, and pen and ink. The prints are based on the artist's drawings, and engage the techniques and materials of printmaking to reinvent the image. The artist's sketchbooks have been kept continuously since 1977 and chart his creative process.


October 23 - December 17, 2008

Let Me Call You Sweetheart: One Collector's Vision

Sweetheart Jewelry from the Rhoda L. Berkowitz Collection

In a day and age when war took soldiers away without the benefit of e-mail, video conferencing and phone calls, jewelry and other memorabilia were a tangible way to help loved ones pay tribute to their men and women overseas. In this exhibition, one collector’s treasure trove of objects from World War II explores the many forms of sweetheart jewelry.


January 22 – March 29, 2009

Norm Schulman: A Life in Clay


Norm Schulman’s work ranges from the purely functional to the purely sculptural. Norm Schulman: A Life in Clay will feature work from throughout his long career. Schulman said recently, “I wanted to start all over again and get back to the essence. I've been working [with clay] for 50 years, and I've been constantly changing and developing, making one series after another. But I've always wanted to do what I'm doing right now…taking care of my own creative needs."


January 22 – May 10, 2009

New Work by Thomas Sayre


You’ll find Thomas Sayre’s monumental public art sculptures around the country and around the world. Local examples include the Pas de Chat on the Lichtin Plaza outside the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the World Wall at Marbles Kids Museum, the soon to be completed Shimmer Wall at the new Raleigh Convention Center, and the massive earthcast Gyre at the NC Museum of Art. For this Gregg Museum exhibition, Sayre is creating a group of site-specific earthcast sculptures. These tree spade forms will tilt slightly on their side allowing the viewer to engage with his work in a new way. The exhibition will include large-scale paintings created with carbon, pastels and iron oxide.


April 16 – July 3, 2009

Silver of the Stars


This glittering exhibition combines the glamour and prestige of ten international celebrities in the fields of film, fashion, music, theatre and literature with the excellent contemporary design skill of ten of Scotland's finest silversmiths. Each artist was paired with a celebrity to create unique drinking vessels. Sir Sean Connery was paired with Michael Lloyd, who created a silver quaich (appropriate for sipping fine Highland malt beverages); singer Lulu requested a handleless teapot from Linda Robertson; and silversmith Marion Kane created a chunky, masculine coffee set for Ewan McGregor. HRH The Princess Royal is the patron for this dazzling project. 


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