Living Objects: Curating and Conserving Contemporary Art at the NCMA
Friday, April 22, 3:30–5 pm
Meet in West Building
Interested in pursuing a career in museums? Join the UNC Art Student Graduate Organization for a behind-the-scenes tour of the North Carolina Museum of Art with Linda Dougherty, curator of contemporary art, and Perry Hurt, painting conservator. View recent acquisitions, discuss the focus of the NCMA’s contemporary collection, learn about new technologies for restoring works, and discuss the challenges of caring for contemporary art. This inaugural program sponsored by the NCMA for graduate students of the Triangle is a great opportunity to engage with a local institution and ask questions regarding work in the field.
Following the tour all attendees are welcome to stay for the opening reception of Altered Land: Works by Damian Stamer and Greg Lindquist. Both artists are North Carolinians (Stamer graduated from UNC’s MFA program in 2013) and create shimmering landscapes, simultaneously abstract and representative, that slide in and out of focus. Their environments—from natural to manmade—are haunted by the past, appearing to be in the process of eroding, degrading, or fading into nothingness. Memory and loss, as well as the effects of time and economic and environmental ravages, are at play in these beautiful, melancholy landscapes.
Space is limited. RSVP to Harriet Hoover, Coordinator of College Programs, Harriet.Hoover@ncdcr.gov or (919) 664-6779.
Linda Johnson Dougherty is the chief curator and curator of contemporary art at the North Carolina
Museum of Art, where she organizes exhibitions of contemporary art and develops artists’ projects for the
Museum Park. Before moving to North Carolina in 1993, she was a curator at The Phillips Collection, a
research associate in the Department of 20th-Century Art at the National Gallery of Art, and a research
assistant at the National Museum of American Art in Washington. She was co-director of the Office of
Public Art for the North Carolina Arts Council from 1998 to 2000 and a project coordinator for the
Artworks for State Buildings Program, North Carolina Arts Council, from 1995 to 1998.
Perry Hurt joined the NCMA in 1998 as conservator for regional conservation services. In that capacity
he conserved works of art for many institutions in the area, including the North Carolina Museum of
History, Tryon Palace, Biltmore Estate, the NCCU Art Gallery, UNC–Chapel Hill, and the Weatherspoon
Art Museum. In 2008 Hurt became associate conservator for the NCMA’s permanent collection.
Previously he worked on numerous mural projects in Washington, including at the Lincoln Memorial, the
U.S. Capitol, and the Library of Congress. This work coincided with his private practice, Fine Art & Mural
Conservation Studio, in Fredericksburg, Va. In 2001 Hurt began researching the history of artists’ paint.
His research has resulted in numerous lectures and tours, focusing on the contribution paint materials
have made to the history of art.