Art http://wunc.org en The Expansion of Video Games http://wunc.org/post/expansion-video-games <p><span style="font-size: 15px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">When many people hear the words “video game,” they think of a stereotypical geeky teenage boy. But that image does not represent the true industry. Women account for nearly half of the gaming population and more than a third of gamers are over the age of 36. Video games have expanded into an art form that produces complex narratives, cultural critiques and symphony soundtracks.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:49:47 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36689 at http://wunc.org The Expansion of Video Games Rapping Through A Museum Exhibit http://wunc.org/post/rapping-through-museum-exhibit <p><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Colombian</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;artist</span></font><font style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; line-height: normal;"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp;<a href="http://juanobando.com">Juan Obando</a> noticed a&nbsp;disconnect between North Carolina art museums and the communities they serve. In response, he invited local hip-hop artists to create songs that playfully critique contemporary art collections at local museums. The result is <a href="http://museummixtape.com/">Museum Mixtape</a>: a&nbsp;series of music videos shot in art museums, featuring hip-hop artists.</span></font></p><p><font style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px"><span style="font-size: 11pt">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></font></p><p><font style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px"><span style="font-size: 11pt"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" mozallowfullscreen="" src="//player.vimeo.com/video/84752296?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ffffff" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="500"></iframe></span></font></p><p><font style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px"><a href="http://vimeo.com/84752296">Museum Mixtape - Trailer</a> from <a href="http://vimeo.com/juanobando">Juan Obando</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</font></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:27:50 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36213 at http://wunc.org Rapping Through A Museum Exhibit Romare Bearden's Work Returns Home http://wunc.org/post/romare-beardens-work-returns-home <div style="line-height: normal; font-family: 'Segoe UI', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: medium; margin: 0px;"><font face="Calibri,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;"><font color="black" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Romare Bearden is recognized as one of America's most important </span></font><font color="black" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">20</span></font><font color="black" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="-1"><sup>th</sup></font><font color="black" face="Arial,sans-serif" size="2"><span style="font-size: 10pt;">&nbsp;century artists, known for his collages, paintings and prints depicting various aspects of African American life.</span></font></span></font></div><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:59:25 +0000 Anita Rao & Frank Stasio 35797 at http://wunc.org Romare Bearden's Work Returns Home Bull City Sculpture Show: 'Twist Of Fate' http://wunc.org/post/bull-city-sculpture-show-twist-fate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><font color="black" face="Tahoma" size="2"><span dir="ltr" style="font-size: 10pt;"><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Sculptures are often the trademark of a place:</span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">&nbsp; </span></font><font size="2"><span style="font-size: 11pt;">Chicago has Cloud Gate, Indianapolis has LOVE and Durham has the Bronze Bull. Sculpture can truly embody a city. </span></font></span></font></p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 15:31:33 +0000 Carol Jackson, Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 34700 at http://wunc.org Bull City Sculpture Show: 'Twist Of Fate' The Secret World of Dr. Seuss http://wunc.org/post/secret-world-dr-seuss <p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><b>&nbsp;</b></span></font></p><p><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">For many,&nbsp;</span></font><font face="Arial,sans-serif" size="3"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Dr. Seuss is an icon of clever rhymes and fantastical children's book characters. But few people know he also created elaborate paintings and sculptures. Or that he had a room filled from floor to ceiling with hats. Curator Bill Dreyer describes one use Seuss had for the hats:</span></font></p><blockquote><p>If a party was lagging a little bit, he would go into the hat closet, bring out hats, put them on people's heads and ask them to spend the rest of the evening in the persona they might expect the person wearing that hat would have.</p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The touring "</span><a href="http://www.drseussart.com/hatsoff/" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Hats Off to Dr. Seuss</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">" exhibit includes paintings, sculptures and hats from Seuss' personal collection. The collection is on display at </span><a href="http://www.artshopnc.com/component/content/article/37-fp-rokstories/468-dr-seuss-exhibition.html" style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The Art Shop</a><span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> in Greensboro through April </span>19th<span style="font-size: 12pt; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">. Dreyer&nbsp;believes Dr. Seuss is just beginning to receive the recognition he deserves as a fine artist:</span></p><blockquote><p>Here we are, 23 years after Ted Geisel passed away and he's now really being considered a significant 20th century American artist because people are viewing his art as separate from... his most important legacy, children's literature.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 15:46:25 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 33960 at http://wunc.org The Secret World of Dr. Seuss This Man Made A Version Of The Trevi Fountain In Cardboard, And Then Let It Be Destroyed http://wunc.org/post/man-made-version-trevi-fountain-cardboard-and-then-let-it-be-destroyed <p>Jimmy Grashow first saw Rome’s Trevi Fountain in the mid-sixties, when he studied in Italy as a young sculptor. The fountain was originally designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and his marble horses and gods of the sea tower 85 feet above the crowds of tourists.&nbsp; Grashow was hooked and he kept that image of the fountain in the back of his mind.</p><p></p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:55:47 +0000 Carol Jackson 32648 at http://wunc.org This Man Made A Version Of The Trevi Fountain In Cardboard, And Then Let It Be Destroyed NC Artist Finds Surreal In The Real http://wunc.org/post/nc-artist-finds-surreal-real <p></p><p>Our eye was caught by this amazing image recently. It was done by Robert Johnson and is a part of <a href="http://www.enogallery.net/exhibitions.php">his solo exhibit at the Eno Gallery in Hillsborough.</a></p><p>The exhibit is called Real &amp; Surreal, and the title seems perfect for the type of work he does. Johnson moved to the mountains of North Carolina 40 years ago. He says that the beauty of the natural environment strongly influenced his work.</p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:06:03 +0000 Carol Jackson 32223 at http://wunc.org NC Artist Finds Surreal In The Real Stunning Images Detail Chicago's Jazz Renaissance http://wunc.org/post/stunning-images-detail-chicagos-jazz-renaissance <p>Archibald Motley is one of the most well-known painters of the Harlem Renaissance even though he never lived in Harlem. He spent most of his career documenting the nightlife scene in both Chicago and Paris.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:29:18 +0000 Nicole Campbell & Frank Stasio 29707 at http://wunc.org Stunning Images Detail Chicago's Jazz Renaissance NC Art Museum's New Treasure, 'Madame X' http://wunc.org/post/nc-art-museums-new-treasure-madame-x <p>I really love the story that's been in the news for a day or so about the painting, "Portrait of Madame X Dressed For the Matinee." A Winston-Salem woman, Charlotte Hanes, and some anonymous donors, gifted the painting to the NC Museum of Art. It's a major addition to the museum's collection.</p><p>The picture is lovely, of course. Mary Cassatt painted the work at what would become important time in her career. But what captures my imagination is not the significance of the painting to the art world, but what the subject is wearing.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 12:43:37 +0000 Carol Jackson 29330 at http://wunc.org NC Art Museum's New Treasure, 'Madame X' Artistry Shapes Medicine http://wunc.org/post/artistry-shapes-medicine <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of the most influential physicians of the </span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">20</span><sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> century was not a practicing doctor, but an artist.&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 15:58:30 +0000 Shawn Wen & Frank Stasio 27135 at http://wunc.org Artistry Shapes Medicine