William Noland: Occulted

November 12, 2016—February 5, 2017
North Carolina Museum of Art

Occulted is a meditation on the increasingly sophisticated surveillance systems that blanket public space in London, training watchful eyes and ears on a population that, seemingly, complies passively.

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The viewer of Occulted is immersed in the sights and sounds of the streets of London, filmed only six months after the traumatic subway and bus bombings of 2005. The observation of the individual is close and intimate, at times uncomfortably so, with periodic reminders that cameras are everywhere, scanning the surroundings. A populace that willingly submits to surveillance is observed, revealed, and exposed in ways that leave us to ponder the effects of suspicion on our interior lives.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and 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.

William Noland, Occulted (still frame), 2006, single-channel video projection, dimensions variable, 19:40 min., Courtesy of the artist, © 2016 William Noland

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