Renaissance Italy at the Nasher

Being the art nerd that I am, I like to go to museums and art events as often as possible. It doesn’t happen as much as I’d like because of my schedule, but I was able to finally squeeze some art in this week! An amazing thing that some museums are doing is staying open until 9pm on a weekday so that people can view the art after work. This works perfectly for me because I always work weekends and my only day off is Monday, when most museums are closed. Anyways, this week I went over to the Nasher Museum at Duke University to check out their exhibition on Carlo Dolci.

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Glory of Venice

Photo c/o NCMA website
As I mentioned last week, Ansel Adams was not the only exhibition I saw at the North Carolina Museum of Art. They also have an open exhibition called the Glory of Venice. Stylistically, I am much more familiar with this type of art then the Ansel Adams photographs. The exhibition consisted of a lot of portraits as well a religious scenes. And the pieces ranged from the 1400s to the 1500s. By far my favorite piece was this map of Venice. It is so accurate that you can still identify streets and buildings in modern-day Venice.
The more I have studied art history, the more I find myself thinking how I would have curated the exhibition when I am visiting a museum. I loved how the NCMA painted the walls a deep, rich red. Normally museums galleries are all white, so the color was a nice change. It created the perfect atmosphere for the exhibition and helped to emphasize the colors in the works of art. 
My only criticism would be that although the wall text was interesting and the art was beautiful, there was no clear central theme carried throughout the exhibition other than that the works were created in Venice. I would have displayed the works by subject matter instead of chronologically so that you could see different artistic focuses and how those changed over time in a more compelling way.
What do y’all look for when you go to art exhibitions? Until next time, XO
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Ansel Adams at the North Carolina Museum of Art

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to go to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. Of course, it was exciting because I love going to art museums and it is always interesting to see how a museum is curated. Plus, I never seem to have the time to get over to Raleigh even though it is only an hour away.

I specifically made this trip to see two special exhibitions the NCMA has: Glory of Venice and Ansel Adams. Glory of Venice will get its own blog post in the coming weeks, but today I wanted to talk about Ansel Adams. I was first introduced to Adams a few months ago when Reynolda House in Winston-Salem had a special exhibition on him. For those of you who don’t know, Ansel Adams was a photographer in the 20th century who had a huge impact on landscape photography and environmental art.
I have always enjoyed photography and the process of developing film by hand although I don’t know very much about it stylistically. While I enjoyed the exhibition at Reynolda House, the one I saw a few weeks ago at NCMA was breath-taking. There is something about the black and white landscapes looming over you. Adams is able to make you feel completely insignificant in comparison while also making the landscapes feel accessible. 
This art is easy to appreciate even without a background in art history or photography. I would definitely recommend checking it out if you have time as this weekend is the last weekend it’s open. Until next time, XO

P.S. All of the images are copies of Adams works from his website, NCMA, and other archives. They are not mine in any way. 

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