Director’s Cut: Recent Photography Gifts to the NCMA

April 4, 2015—September 13, 2015
North Carolina Museum of Art
Director’s Cut features a selection of photographs from recent gifts to the Museum in honor of Dr. Lawrence Wheeler’s 20th anniversary as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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These gifts are a significant addition to the Museum’s photography collection and feature iconic images by many ground-breaking photographers of the 20th century, along with innovative works by contemporary photographers. Ranging in date from 1967 to 2013, the photographs depict a wide variety of subject matter, including Elvis conventions, minor league baseball, self-portraits, the southern landscape, and views of Cuba and New York. The photographers in the exhibition explore an array of photographic techniques and approaches, including traditional gelatin-silver prints, digital prints, Polaroids, and straight photography as well as overtly manipulated and constructed images.

Artists in the exhibition include Uta Barth, William Christenberry, Alex Harris, Frank Hunter, Bill Jacobson, Simen Johan, Andrew Moore, Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, and Kerry Skarbakka, among others.

The works on view provide an introduction to the diversity of contemporary photography and highlight Dr. Wheeler’s championing of contemporary photography at the Museum. When he arrived at the NCMA in 1994, there were 22 photographs in the Museum’s permanent collection; today there are over 400.

Additional gifts recently received by the NCMA in honor of Dr. Wheeler’s 20th anniversary include works currently highlighted in the contemporary galleries in East Building and in the African, modern, contemporary, and European galleries in West Building.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

Andrew Moore, Cañeros, Las Tunas, Cuba, 1999, archival pigment print, 40 x 50 in., North Carolina Museum of Art, Gift of Dr. Carlos Garcia-Velez and Dr. W. Kent Davis in honor of Lawrence J. Wheeler, © 1999 Andrew Moore

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