Photography by Phil Freelon
One of the most celebrated architects of our time, Phil Freelon designed spaces that enhanced communities and championed diversity and inclusion. His work, which included museums and cultural institutions, told the story of the American people. Freelon was dedicated to bringing both beautiful and functional high-quality designs into everyday life for all people. Throughout his career, Freelon found photography essential to his design vision and creative process.
Cameron Art Museum wishes to thank Ben Alper and John Bloedern of Craven Allen Gallery, Durham, NC for their devoted and generous support of this exhibition.
CLOSED, FOR THE MOMENT
Photographer, Dan Gottlieb, is reflecting on our new life experiences during Covid-19 Virus Social Distancing. Working in black & white, he has captured some local “Closed, for the Moment scenes in Durham, NC, including Craven Allen Gallery.
Closed, for the Moment
The world is closed for this Moment – uniting us in anxiety, separation, and an odd quiet. Each day I break from my at-home work (yes, I am fortunate to have that) to walk, observe, and photograph the quiet of my neighborhood streets and closed-for-business shops.
I am also fortunate to live in a supportive environment filled with amazing neighbors and locally-owned businesses, like Craven Allen. Within walking distance of my home and the Gallery, I’ve been looking at the painful beauty of closed places we take for granted as social binders. And as an artist and environmental designer, I find the eerie silence both horrifying and strikingly beautiful – especially photographed in timeless black and white.
It’s important that we take time to pay close attention to this close(d) moment in history outside our very real anxieties. Is this actually a Moment, or a tsunami warning of global change to our environment and economies? Is the ever-accelerating pace of natural / human-caused crises on full display? Who knows, but we need to keep our minds and eyes wide Open with compassion and purpose.
Damian Stamer: An interview with The Mint Museum
Damian Stamer is a North Carolina native whose art is influenced by his Southern roots and rural landscapes. Though he’s painting the same subject matter, Stamer says he’s finding a different energy and urgency to work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Studio location: Nestled in the woods of northern Durham County, North Carolina
The Anyone Can Fly Foundation is honoring Beverly McIver with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Faith Ringgold will host a garden party benefit honoring the artist. The mission of the foundation is to expand the art establishment’s canon to include artists of the African Diaspora and to introduce the Great Masters of African American Art and their art traditions to children and adult audiences. The Anyone Can Fly Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization supported by people devoted to the visual arts.
Beverly McIver has been awarded the Rome Prize. Also in the news, her HBO documentary Raising Renee is now available to stream on Amazon Prime. For over a century, the AMERICAN ACADEMY IN ROME has awarded the Rome Prize to support innovative and cross-disciplinary work in the arts and humanities. Rome Prize Fellowships include a stipend, room and board, and individual work space at AAR’s eleven-acre campus in Rome.
Read about the history of the American Academy in Rome here.
Dad in Striped Chair
oil on linen, 30″ x 30″
Beverly McIver was recently honored by the American Academy of Arts and Letters, America’s most prestigious honorary society of architects, artists, writers, and composers, with a purchase award at their Invitational Exhibition of Visual Arts in New York City. Exhibiting artists were chosen from a pool of nearly 165 nominees submitted by members of the Academy. The work will be donated to a museum of McIver’s choosing.