Gregg Museum of art & design
2010-2011 Exhibitions

Sequence of Impressions: The Work of Douglas Gorsline

June 17-October 2, 2010

Reception: Sunday, July 25, 2-4pm


The paintings of Douglas Gorsline (1913-1985) demonstrate strong abstract qualities that reflect the Cubist movement of the early 20th century. Gorsline fragmented the bodies of musicians and athletes in action to give the viewer a sense of motion. He painted his subjects in a way that implied that a sequence of events could be taking place simultaneously, while events that occurred simultaneously could be shown as sequences. Gorsline began his art career as a painter, later shifting his focus to commercial art, particularly book illustration. Examples include the 1945 illustrated edition of Thomas Wolfe’s Look Homeward, Angel and the 1975 edition of Clement Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. Learn more >


Southern Roots of Mid-Century Modern

August 19-December 18, 2010

Reception: Thursday, September 9, 6-8pm


At the middle of the 20th century, modern design was sweeping the nation. City centers across the US were deciphering what “good design” was, and architects and product designers were redefining what homes and objects looked like. Although common in Los Angeles, New York and Chicago, designers broke the norm when they decided to follow Henry Kamphoefner to the unlikely design hub of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was here that some of the world’s greatest designers of this period found themselves teaching or lecturing at the newly formed School of Design at NC State. In this exhibition, the Gregg Museum will show excellent examples of mid-century modern furniture, textiles, ceramics and design through the capsule of a modernist home, and tell the story of how the modern design movement made its way into North Carolina. The exhibition will include work by designers Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Eames, George Nelson, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, Buckminster Fuller, Matthew Nowicki, Joe Cox, George Bireline, George Nakashima, Grete Jalk, Russel Wright, Christian Dior and many others. Learn more >


Ben Galata & Evan Lightner: Handcraft is Contemporary Design

October 14-December 18, 2010

Reception: Thursday, October 14, 6-8pm


To see the work of Ben Galata and Evan Lightner together in one exhibition is to understand the commonality of how meticulous detail forms and informs the end production of their work. Galata works in forged and fabricated steel to produce furnishings, sculpture and architectural details. His work is a mesh of the traditional blacksmithing process with contemporary design aesthetic. Lightner crafts custom furniture, cabinetry and woodwork. His work respects the clarity of modernism, and demonstrates consistent commitment to environmental sustainability. Galata and Lightner work from the same warehouse space, and to see their work side by side is to understand how artists can craft work with such precision. Learn more >



January 20-May 14, 2011

Reception: Thursday, March 24, 6-8pm

Symposium: March 24-26, 2011


Fiber art is deeply rooted in the history of North Carolina; Traces presents a contemporary approach to the craft. The exhibition offers a unique contextual showcase: a synthesis of creative and tangible raw materials, as well as a convergence of revolutionary technology, materials advances and subject matter. Curator Barbara Lee Smith has selected the work of twelve artists from across the United States, Canada and The Netherlands. These artists look for traces everywhere; observing, reflecting, and, in reacting, leave their own visual traces. Some trace a trail of journeys or maps, describing place, time and feeling. Others trace our impact on the world around us, an interplay of negative and positive effects on the land. The combined works form a tracery – a mesh or grid – of ideas, materials and technical innovation to engage and challenge viewers to a broader definition of art and place. Learn more >


The Pull of the Moon: Recent Work of Barbara Lee Smith

January 20-May 14, 2011

Reception: Thursday, January 20, 6-8pm


Barbara Lee Smith has brought surface design and machine embroidery to a new artistic level by fusing layer upon layer of synthetic fabric and using the stitch as a drawing tool. Her surfaces are rich with color, metallic threads and fabrics, stitched drawings, prints and various textures. Organic shapes and elusive colors build to become a complex and intriguing environment that can be contemplated at great length. Her love of color and luminous materials is evident in all of her work. Smith has taught, exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally. She is well known for her seminal book, Celebrating the Stitch: Contemporary Embroidery of North America.


Renaldo in the Land of Rocaterrania

June 2-September 2, 2011

Opening Reception: June 9 from 6-8pm, with a 7pm screening of Rocaterrania -

a documentary about Renaldo Kuhler, directed by Brett Ingram


Rocaterrania is a tiny sovereign nation founded sixty years ago by eastern European immigrants who purchased a tract of land along the border between Canada and northern New Yorkstate, after growing restless with American democracy. It has since undergone two revolutions and seen the rise and fall of a succession of czars, dictators, empresses and presidents during its tumultuous history. Rocaterrania has its own unique language and alphabet, religion, economy and public transportation system, and pioneered recycling and waste management decades before its vastly larger neighboring countries. But don’t be surprised if you’ve never heard of it, for until very recently its very existence was a closely-guarded secret—in fact it was known only to one man, an eccentric scientific illustrator who toiled away in the bowels of Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, named Renaldo Kuhler. This exhibition marks the first time that any of his clandestine creations have ever been shown publicly in his home state.


THEN . . . ABSENCE: after Katrina in the Lower Ninth Ward

featuring the photographs of John Rosenthal

June 9-August 13, 2011

Opening Reception, June 9 from 6-8pm


In 2005, Hurricane Katrina became the costliest natural disaster in American history when it destroyed houses and whole communities on a wide swath of the Gulf Coast, killing nearly two thousand people and flooding 80 percent of New Orleans. Hardest hit of all was that city’s Lower Ninth Ward, largely due to a storm surge caused by a shipping canal built by the Army Corps of Engineers in the 1950s. By 2007, when photographer John Rosenthal began documenting the scene, bulldozers had removed the wreckage of more than 5,300 homes, leaving nothing but streets and foundations to indicate where the dense neighborhood had once stood. Even now only a small percentage has been rebuilt, and there is still no fire department, grocery store, or medical clinic in the section. The Lower Ninth has become a symbol of the failure of the government to look out for the wellbeing of some of its poorest citizens.


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Permanent Collection

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design has a number of display cases located in the South Gallery of the Talley Student Center that enable the permanent display of selected objects from the collection. Often, these displays serve as mini-exhibitions, available for viewing whenever the building is open.

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