Exhibition Status: Past

Markmaking: Selections from the Collection

The artworks in this exhibition show a plethora of approaches to markmaking, a term used to describe the different types of lines, scratches, smudges, patterns, dots, and textures that result from the way an artist applies a material, such as graphite or paint, to a surface.

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The Cone Family Legacy

Beginning with the sisters Claribel and Etta Cone’s 1950 donation of art, the Cone family has provided crucial support over many years to the Weatherspoon Art Museum, the most important example being the lead gift from Anne and Benjamin Cone, Sr. to construct our current building.

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Time, Space, Place, Trace

Humankind has a rich history of trying to understand natural environments through frameworks like time, topography, geology, and documentation. This exhibition brings together artworks from the museum’s permanent collection that explore ideas about erosion, entropy, encroachment, and impermanence as well as nature’s beauty and magnitude. Emil Lukas’s sculpture Time Line under Pear Tree, 1994-96, serves as the exhibition’s focal point among documentary, abstract, conceptual, and surrealist artworks.

Time, Space, Place, Trace is a collaborative effort between the Weatherspoon Art Museum, UNCG’s School of Art, and students in art education classes during the academic year 2019-2020. Working with Curator of Collections Elaine D. Gustafson and Associate Professor of Art Sunny Spillane, students were tasked to originate, research, and collaborate on an exhibition drawn from the museum’s collection. Upon determining the curatorial thesis, the students then selected, previewed, and evaluated artworks that illustrated and strengthened their concept. This semester, students will use the exhibition as a springboard to create curriculum-based lesson plans for Guilford County teachers. This is the second time that the Weatherspoon and the School of Art have collaborated on an exhibition to provide art education students a hands-on professional museum experience.

Organized by Elaine D. Gustafson, Curator of Collections.

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Shahzia Sikander: Disruption as Rapture

Shahzia Sikander takes classical Indo-Persian miniature painting—a traditional genre that is both highly stylized and disciplined—as the point of departure for her work, but challenges its strict formal tropes by experimenting with scale, layering, and various forms of new media.

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Alyson Shotz: Un/Folding

Treading a line between order and chaos, planned uniformity and unplanned disarray, Alyson Shotz employs natural phenomena—such as mass, force, gravity, and light—to create her artworks.

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