Art History Graduate Student Carlee Forbes published in current issue of African Arts

Congratulations to Carlee Forbes on the publication of her commentary on the Kongo Atlantic Dialogues conference that was held in conjunction with the Kongo Across the Waters exhibition organized by the Harn Museum.  Co-authored with her advisor, Dr. Rovine, their “First Word” appears in the latest African Arts issue.  The table of contents (and full access for UNC users) can be found here.

New additions to the Alumni Sculpture Garden from Michael Bramwell

SEPTEMBER, 2014 – “CUBEROOTS” is a new, three-part sculpture by alumnus Michael Bramwell commissioned for the UNC Sculpture Garden. The work consists of three large-scale cubes covered with a patina of over twelve hundred, hand-laid porcelain tiles and sited between Keenan Music Building and Hanes Art Center. CUBEROOTS combines the seriality and repetition of Minimalist aesthetics with improvisational elements characteristic of contemporary jazz. The work takes its inspiration from a homework question asked by the artist’s son: “Dad, what is the cube root of three?”


UNC Faculty in group show Faraway, Nearby as part of Click! Triangle Photography Festival

Faraway Nearby: Duke and UNC-CH MFA Photography

October 19 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

OPENING RECEPTION with artists in attendance. As part of the Click! Triangle Photography Festival, Cassilhaus Gallery hosts an exhibition of the work of six MFA photography faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University in Durham: elin o’Hara slavick, Hồng-Ân Trương, and Jeff Whetstone from UNC, and Alex HarrisWilliam Noland, and Tom Rankinfrom Duke.The exhibition, a first-time collaboration for these two programs, brings together these neighboring colleagues who share an occupation, as well as a preoccupation with photography as a means to navigate and transport. In both color and black-and-white prints, the artists traverse geographic and temporal distances, and address – in disparate styles and approaches – the universal dichotomies of the sacred and profane, urban and rural, man and nature. Faraway Nearby was curated by Lisa McCarty and Huston Paschal.

On view in the adjacent project gallery is the work of John Menapace (1927-2010) whom photographer David Simonton has called “the father of art photography in North Carolina.” Menapace, instrumental in gaining recognition for photography as an art form, taught an entire generation of photographers in the state, many of them at UNC and Duke. His self portraits are the subject of a much larger exhibition in the Click! Festival at the Gregg Museum of Art and Design at NCSU.

Directions to Cassilhaus will be forwarded upon RSVP. Email address to RSVP coming soon.

Jeff Whetstone curates Pixel + Grain as part of Click! Triangle Photography Festival

Pixel and Grain: Regional Photography Exhibition

October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Join the Durham Art Guild and participating artists for a public reception with refreshments. Pixel and Grain: Regional Photography Exhibition is the Durham Art Guild’s final themed show of 2014 that will highlight the exploration of the photographic medium through the lenses of regional artists.

Exhibition runs October 2 – November 1, 2014

SunTrust Gallery Hours
Monday – Saturday 9am – 9pm
Sunday 1pm – 6pm

elin o’Hara slavick in Strangers Walk as part of Click! Triangle Photography Festival

October 11 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Strangers Walk

OPENING RECEPTION AND ARTIST TALK. Photographs of Germany, China and Japan by Gail Goers and elin o’Hara slavick. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

elin o’Hara Slavick’s photographic images of Hiroshima, Japan, are attempts to visually, poetically, and historically address the magnitude of what disappeared as a result of and what remains after the dropping of the A-bomb in 1945. They are images of loss and survival, fragments and lives, architecture and skin, surfaces and invisible things, like radiation. Exposure is at the core of this photographic project: exposure to radiation, to the sun, to light, to history, and exposures made from radiation, the sun, light and historical artifacts from the Peace Memorial Museum’s collection. After Hiroshima engages ethical seeing, visually registers warfare, and addresses the irreconcilable paradox of making visible the most barbaric as witness, artist, and viewer.

The black and white photographs of Germany were taken over fifteen years ago in East Germany and in 2009 in what was once East Germany, in the poorest county, north of Berlin. The images touch upon loss, defeat and the time between transitions – from socialism to capitalism, from the past to the present, from failure to reconstruction. Trauma begs for representation.

elin o’Hara slavick is a Professor of and Director of Graduate Studies of Visual Art, Theory and Practice at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her MFA in Photography from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her BA from Sarah Lawrence College. Slavick has exhibited her work internationally and is the author of Bomb After Bomb: A Violent Cartography, with a foreword by Howard Zinn and essay by Carol Mavor (2007) and After Hiroshima, with an essay by James Elkins (2013). She is also a curator, critic and activist. Her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, FOAM, CounterPunch, among many other publications. She is represented by Cohen Gallery in Los Angeles.

Photographer Gail Goers uses her 4×5 view camera to amplify a sense of place. Her latest work, Muse, soon to be released on Daniel 13 Press, examines the solitary spaces of modern day cities. For Muse, she traveled to cities in both China and Germany, locales that are separated by thousands of miles and even more cultural norms, but share commonalities when viewed through the photographer’s lens.

The title, Muse, functions on multiple levels. That oft-used term so frequently refers to the object of the male gaze, to an elusive angel that must be summoned, or to a nude model. Goers offers a spin on this idea. Instead of female nudes, she presents stark landscapes – frequently cold, largely man-made, almost always prepared for, but devoid of, people. The photographer invites the viewer to shift his or her understanding of the word “muse,” from a noun to a verb. She challenges the viewer to muse upon the photographs, to meditate on these quiet spaces outside of the pop, whiz, glamour, and speed of the modern city. In image after image, page after page, China morphs into Germany and Germany dissolves into China as the photographer jumps space while she stills time.

Goers’ book Muse, is being released by Daniel 13 in Fall, 2014.

Goers was in her mid-twenties when she took her first photography class, and fell into immediate and irreparable love with the medium. She usually makes photographs with a Speed Graphlex 4×5 view camera whose heft requires her to pause — physically as well as mentally — to focus on the world. She holds a B.A. In Spanish and Communication Studies from UNC Chapel Hill and is currently working on her MFA in Imaging Arts from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Curious Farm
Directions will be made available upon RSVP:

Photograph: elin o’Hara slavick, Peenemunde, Nazi Weapons Plant, now a museum, Usedom Island, previous East Germany, 2010, silver gelatin print

September update from Associate Professor Jeff Whetstone

Dear Friends,
These are some upcoming exhibitions and a few public lectures that I am doing this month. Enjoy and Thank you.

State of the Art
Crystal Bridges Art Museum
Press: NY TimesLos Angeles Times

Public Lecture / Screening  October 3, 6pm
Opening Reception September 11, 6pm
Drawing E. Obsoleta, 2011 16mm film 8min


Jeff Whetstone New Wilderness
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Anna Leonowens Gallery

Opening Reception October 14, 2014
Public Lecture / Screening October 15, noon
Lynne, 2013 48in x 58in Archival Ink Print














Talk / Screening
University of NebraskaThe Nebraska National
Jeff Whetstone artist talk Oct 3, 4 pm

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More good news about MFA candidate Gesche Wurfel’s Basement Sanctuaries

Basement Sanctuaries will be exhibited in a solo exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR from September 4-28, 2014. The exhibition reception takes place on Thursday, Sep. 4 from 6-8 pm. The artist talk is scheduled for Saturday, Sep. 13 @ 3pm. After presenting her work, Gesche will sign books. Looking forward to seeing you! ​

Gesche was selected as one of the Top 50 LensCulture 2014 Emerging Talents with the Basement Sanctuaries series. The 50 winners, including Basement Sanctuaries, will be exhibited at Valid Foto in Barcelona, Spain, from October 6-31, 2014. The opening reception is on Oct, 13, 2014.
Additionally, the work will be screened at various photo festivals and included in the LensCulture Emerging Talents 2014 Annual, a museum-quality catalogue, that will be sent to a network of influential photography professionals.

Basement Sanctuaries will be exhibited in the group show Contemporary German Photography, curated by Thomas Kellner, at The 14th China Pingyao International Photography Festival from September 18-24, 2014.

MFA Candidate Geshce Wurfel will be signing copies of her new book at Flyleaf 9/28!

Find this info, directions and more on the Flyleaf Books website here!

Sun 9/28 2pm-3pm

Gesche Wuerfel discusses and signs her photo book Basement Sanctuaries

Join us for a presentation and book signing of ‘Basement Sanctuaries’, a photo book that depicts how superintendents decorate the basements of apartment buildings in Inwood and Washington Heights, NYC. The photos were taken from 2011-2013 and explore the process of migrant adapation to the metropolis from an intimate perspective. ‘Basement Sanctuaries’ was published by Schilt Publishing in Spring 2014. Gesche Würfel will talk about her project and sign books.

Gesche Würfel, born in Bremerhaven, Germany, has lived in the United States since 2009. She gained a degree in Urban Planning from the University of Dortmund, Germany in 2003 and an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures with distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London, UK in 2006. She was selected as one of the Bloomberg New Contemporaries in 2007 and has been exhibited internationally. The Basement Sanctuarie series has been awarded three grants by the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and has been exhibited at Field Projects NYC, the New York Public Library, and will exhibited in a solo show at Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR, and in a group show at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China, both in September 2014.