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Cameron Art Museum
3201 S. 17th Street
Wilmington, NC 28411
910.395.5999
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Exhibitions:

A House of One Room: Elizabeth Bradford

Safe Places: Robert Johnson

Illumination 2020

She Persists

The Face of Lincoln

Dorothy Gillespie Centennial Celebration

The Lived-In Body: Celebrating Women Over 65, Paintings by Virginia Wright Frierson

Stories in Print

Unfolding Noguchi

The Eye Learns - Modernist prints from the Louis Belden Collection


Events

A House of One Room: Elizabeth Bradford
March 12 – October 17, 2021

How hard to realize that every camp of men or beast has this glorious starry firmament for a roof! In such places standing alone on the mountain top it is easy to realize that whatever special nests we make – leaves and moss like the marmots and birds, or tents and piled stones – we all dwell in a house of one room – the world with the firmament for its roof – and are sailing the celestial spaces without leaving any track. John Muir (Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938, p. 321)

Elizabeth Bradford’s masterful paintings originate from an intimate observation and profound reverence for the natural environment. These selections offer an invitation to share Bradford’s journey as she explores the wonder of the natural world. The reverence she has for the environment and all of its inhabitants, can inspire a deeper awareness of our interconnectedness and responsibility for its preservation and survival. This exhibition is made possible thanks to the generous underwriting of the Wells Fargo Foundation. Wells Fargo is proud to support access to arts experiences and advocate for environmental preservation.

Safe Places: Robert Johnson
Through August 1, 2021

It is as if artist Robert Johnson was experiencing the longing for safety amidst the current pandemic when titling his major body of work, Safe Places. In truth, Johnson started this ambitious project three years ago, with the objective to reside and work on site in all 41 North Carolina State Parks. This exhibition premieres more than 80 artworks realized through the artist’s vulnerable investigations. Opening himself to the environment, he shares, “Recording the mood of a landscape is just as important as recording what I see.”

This visual storyteller has chronicled the natural world on three continents in pencil, acrylic, and gouache on paper and canvas for over 40 years. His work echoes influences from late medieval Italian, American Folk, Indian Miniature, Tibetan Thangka, and Balinese painting traditions. Besides large-scale paintings, Safe Places includes his journal and notebook pages: intimate, annotated field observations of plants, birds, along with notes to himself. Johnson reflects, “I hope people seeing Safe Places will understand what an ecologically diverse state we live in. I hope they will feel inspired to go hike the trails in our parks with an observant eye. The more people get out to see the beauty of these areas the more they are likely to care for state parks and will want to preserve what is left of the natural environment.”

She Persists
Through March 2021

She Persists coincides with the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and explores the ways in which female artists in Cameron Art Museum’s permanent collection persist in their own lives, in their communities, in their world, both personally and politically --- through art. From Mary Cassatt, whose paintings and prints were featured in exhibitions supporting suffrage, to feminist Audrey Flack, whose work Medea is a conscious redeeming of that tragic figure, to Beverly Buchanan, who fiercely explored identity as an African American woman through sculpture, land art, photography, and painting, this exhibition of 100 works for the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment creates a powerful dialogue about what it means to be a woman.

Exhibition sponsored in part by: Louis Mann In honor of Anne Brennan • Dr. Bill Malloy and Maxine Terry in honor of Dr. Carol Malloy • Elizabeth Wells in loving memory of Neil Webb • Mort and Judy Neblett • FOX Wilmington • Frances Goodman in memory of my mother, Barbara D. Lane • Jean Keller in memory of Mary C. Hoey and Louise C. Graham • Jennifer Kraner honoring CAM and its ever increasing presence in our school system and in our lives. • Anonymous sponsor in Honor and Gratitude for Mary Cecil Dodge

The Face of Lincoln
September 12, 2020 – end date TBA

The Face of Lincoln is a powerful bronze casting from the original work of sculptor Robert Merrell Gage. The casting is based on the 1860 plaster face mask made of Lincoln by Gage. Gage made castings of Lincoln throughout his life and starred in the 1955 Academy Award winning film The Face of Lincoln (20 minutes), also shown in the gallery.

Dorothy Gillespie Centennial Celebration
Through March 2021

Gillespie, an accomplished NYC artist, cherished the vibrant arts scene in Wilmington. The sculptures in CAM’s courtyard are from her Rockefeller Center Exhibit and will be displayed at CAM through March 2021 as part of the Dorothy Gillespie Centennial Celebration.

Gillespie was an American painter and sculptor who enjoyed an artistic career that spanned over 70 years. Known for her tremendous output of colorful, joyful sculptural art, she was among those who blazed a path for women artists during the feminist art movement in the 1960s and 1970s. Gillespie owned a house in Wilmington’s historic district and lectured at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The Lived-In Body: Celebrating Women Over 65, Paintings by Virginia Wright Frierson
September 12, 2020 – end date TBA

The stunning works by Wilmington artist Virginia Wright-Frierson in The Lived-In Body: Celebrating Women Over 65 celebrate, as Wright-Frierson writes, “the lived-in body, our crepey arms that have lifted babies 1,000 times, gardened, cleaned, cooked, and taken care of others; our worn feet and our breasts and stomachs that now sag. We have worked and given and created. We are aging, and we’re lucky to have reached this time to appreciate our experiences and wisdom and celebrate that we have survived.”

Stories in Print
Through April 26, 2020

This focused exhibition draws attentions to the diverse methods of print making from CAM's collection from 1891 through 2012. Artists on view include Mary Cassatt, Don Furst, Maud Gatewood, Juan Logan, and Fred Wilson. These varied artists juxtaposed against the Modernist prints in The Eye Learns highlight CAM's commitment to the art of print making.

Unfolding Noguchi
November 22, 2019 - May 24, 2020

One of the visionaries of 20th-century American modernism, Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) developed a uniquely open-ended, and forward-looking perspective on global culture. Working with a deep sense of social purpose across a wide range of disciplines, Noguchi was a connoisseur of ingenuity. He regarded craft and technology (representing the past and the future) as two sides of the same coin and natural allies in sculpting our world for the better.

This exhibition provides insight into his genius and artistic exploration of form and material over his sixty year career. From bronze, granite, and aluminum to his paper and bamboo Akari light sculptures, Noguchi pushed the boundaries of what sculpture is and how it is integrated into daily life.

This exhibition has been organized by Cameron Art Museum in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

Sponsored in part by Japan Foundation, New York

The Eye Learns - Modernist prints from the Louis Belden Collection
October 22, 2019 - April 26, 2020

The critical eye, you don’t have it initially. The eye learns from experience and it takes time. - Louis Belden (1926-2017)

San Francisco art collector Louis Belden gave his art collection, the gift of his lifetime, to our community. This collection of prints invites us to share in his passions for art, for collecting, for learning, and for giving back. These works offer a range of expression, experimentation, and expansion of the terrain of postwar modernism and post-modernism. His gift to Cameron Art Museum is truly unprecedented in our region, giving future generations access to this treasure for years to come.

These 134 modernist prints by 51 artists reveal Belden’s journey and are primarily presented in the order he acquired them. The exhibition begins with his bold 1971 acquisition, Art Beat, a neon orange silk screen by Nobu Fukui. By the mid-1990s, he had acquired work by the leading artists, the change-makers, the radicals, such as Josef Albers, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Rauschenberg, and Wayne Thiebaud. His final acquisitions of work by Richard Diebenkorn, Jasper Johns, and Ellsworth Kelly show the continuing growth and refinement of the collection.

Art is not stagnant. It grows and grows and grows. There will be new trends, some of which will be successful and some will not be and I have no idea what those trends will be. But it is exciting to wait around and see what does evolve. Certainly I have evolved in the last 20 years and plan to continue to evolve in the future.

Sponsored in part by: Hampton Inn Medical Park, Live Oak Private Wealth, LS3P, Dr. William Malloy, Syneos Health, LLC, Wilmington Wealth Consulting.

Modernism and Music: The Eye Learns also features an interactive, musical component that will give visitors the opportunity to listen to music specially selected for some artworks by a variety of music professionals from the community and by CAM staff based on the artists’ own connections to music. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make their own musical suggestions for other guests to listen to. This additional musical element will give visitors an enjoyably different way to create a powerful art experience.

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