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Check Out Arts Exhibitions, Events This Spring

The Gregg Museum of Art and Design will soon have a new home in the extensively renovated historic chancellor’s residence on Hillsborough Street, which will be augmented by a 15,000-square-foot expansion. Until the doors open at the new facility, the museum will host special exhibitions and events at a variety of locations across campus and around the Triangle.

Here’s what the Gregg has planned for the spring:

Film Screening: MANA — Beyond Belief

Feb. 23, 6 p.m.
Kennedy-Mcllwee Studio Theatre, Thompson Hall, 2241 Dunn Ave., Raleigh
What do Elvis Presley’s guitar and the Shroud of Turin have in common? They’re both regarded as “power objects,” physical artifacts that are believed to possess an inherent power. This feature-length documentary about power objects around the world — written, produced and directed by Roger Manley, director of the Gregg Museum, and filmmaker Peter Friedman — takes a whirlwind five-continent tour seeking examples of mana, the Polynesian word for the invisible energy exuded by precious things and sacred places.
MANA — Beyond Belief was an opening-night feature at Durham’s Full Frame Film Festival, San Francisco DocFest and the International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam; its North American premiere was held at Lincoln Center in New York. The film won Best Cinematography at the Avignon Festival and the Grand Jury Prize at the Festival of Rhodes.
The Feb. 23 screening is free and open to the public.

Gallery Tour of Object Lessons: Ceramics From the Gregg Museum of Art and Design
March 11, 11 a.m.
D.H. Hill Library Exhibit Gallery, adjacent to Special Collections Reading Room, 2 Broughton Drive, Raleigh
Object Lessons presents contemporary ceramic work that shows how makers both draw upon and break with tradition. Driven by talent, commitment and the energy of experimentation, these potters honor and interpret their craft’s long history while working entirely in the present moment. Charlotte Wainwright, curator of Object Lessons and founding director of the Gregg Museum, will lead a tour of the exhibition, on view in D.H. Hill Library through August.
Registration is required to attend this event. You can register online or contact Molly Renda, exhibit program librarian, for more information.

African Commemorative Cloth: Color, Craft, Clothing and Communication
Mar. 23, 6 p.m.
Tactic Room, Aloft Raleigh hotel, 2100 Hillsborough St.
Precious Lovell, assistant professor of the practice in the Department of Art and Design in the College of Design, will give a presentation about African commemorative cloth that will include images of textiles from the Gregg Museum’s permanent collection.
The evolution of commemorative cloth in Africa has connections to three continents. Although African commemorative cloth is created using printing processes from around the world, the result is a cloth that has become quintessentially African.

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