Fun stuff coming up at The Weatherspoon Art Museum this week

"FREE Art & Ikebana Demonstration
Tuesday, Mar 11, 11am-2pm

Space is still available...register today!

Enjoy a demonstration of Japanese floral arranging hosted by the Winston Salem Chapter 63 of International Ikebana and tour Bugs, Beasts and Blossoms: Japanese Woodblock Prints from the Lenior Wright Collection with curator of collections, Elaine Gustafson. Free. Optional boxed lunch available for fee. Registration required for demonstration, lunch, and tour.

11 am • Ikebana demonstration • Free, WAM auditorium

12:30 pm • Optional boxed lunch • $10 *

1:30 pm • Guided tour, Bugs, Beasts and Blossoms • Free

Registration is required for demonstration, lunch, and tour. Please note: lunch seating is very limited. Guests who do not register for lunch are welcome to tour the museum on their own. Contact: Cathy Rogers at (336) 256-1450 or

* Boxed lunch (choice of): smoked turkey on artisan roll, chicken cobb wrap, or roasted vegetable wrap served with salad, chips, dessert and iced tea. $10 payable in advance by check to the Weatherspoon Art Museum or cash.

Image: Okuhara Seiko (Japanese, 1937-1913), Birds and Nandina (detail), c. 1870-80, woodblock print on paper. Gift of Dr. Lenoir C. Wright, 1992.


WAM! Members + Friends + Herb & Dorothy (+ Archie)
Thursday, Mar 13, 5-9pm

Still looking for a perfect opportunity to introduce a friend or two to the Weatherspoon?

Our annual Members + Friends event (open to WAM Members and their guests) may be just the chance!

In 2008, the Weatherspoon Art Museum received exciting news. It had been chosen as the North Carolina recipient of the Fifty Works for Fifty States gift program, a joint initiative of the Trustees of the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection and the National Gallery of Art. The Vogels' story of how they amassed one of the largest collections of contemporary art through modest means has delighted audiences nationwide.

This year's Members + Friends event recognizes again this important gift with a reception and encore screening of the award-winning documentary Herb & Dorothy (2009) along with the Weatherspoon premiere of the NEW! Herb & Dorothy 50x50 (2013). Directed by Megumi Sasaki, Herb & Dorothy 50x50 captures the last chapter of the Vogels' extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today's society. Several works from the Weatherspoon's Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection will be on view in the museum's atrium for this event.

Open to WAM Members and their guests.

5 pm • Tour:  View a few of the works from the Herbert and Dorothy Vogel Collection in the Museum atrium. Led by Curator of Collections, Elaine Gustafson.

5:30 pm • Film:  Herb & Dorothy * (2009, DVD, 90 min). Introduced by Curator of Collections, Elaine Gustafson.

6:30 pm • Members + Friends Reception

7:30 pm • Film: NEW! Herb & Dorothy 50x50 * (2013, DVD, 90 min). Introduced by WAM Director, Nancy Doll.

* Due to limited seating for the films, WAM Members are encouraged to reserve seats for either or both films in advance: contact Cathy Rogers at (336) 256-1450 or Reservations are not required for the reception but are kindly appreciated.


Art After Dark Workshop
Thursday, Mar 20, 6-8pm

Lynn Book and Amy Catanzano are two artists with stratospheric imaginations. They are kindred spirits in plumbing diverse sources in their own creative works, ranging from poetry and neo-scientific fiction to performance. Join them as they lead a workshop comprised of dialogue, reading and interaction illuminating the extraordinary work of artist Nancy Rubins.

Free. Reservations: Please contact Terri Dowell-Dennis at (336) 256-1449 or

Since 2005 Lynn Book has taught interdisciplinary art practice and developed programs and research on creativity in the liberal arts at Wake Forest University where she is Associate Teaching Professor and Director of the Program for Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship. She has been an affiliate with Transart Institute, an international MFA/PhD program in contemporary art practice, since its inception in 2004. In 2013, she published “Creativity and Entrepreneurship: Changing Currents In Education and Public Life."

Amy Catanzano is a poet and experimental fiction writer whose interests include the intersections of literature, art and science. Catanzano is a new Assistant Professor of English, the Poet-in-Residence, and Director of the Creative Writing program at Wake Forest University. A current project, “Quantum Poetics: The Word and Its Earthwork,” explores literature in relation to art and physics.


New Exhibition! "Inequality and Social Justice in a Changing World"
Mar 23 - Jun 22, 2014

Social injustice has long motivated artists to create works of art as a form of protest and social commentary. The images in this exhibition, all from the museum's permanent collection, speak volumes about the conditions of the working class, disparities in global wealth and power, and the rights of women and ethnic groups in the modern world. Although not all the artists included would consider themselves activists, their artwork at minimum questions the traditional boundaries and hierarchies of culture as represented by those in power.

Museum staff members and professors in the Department of Sociology are collaborating to use these original artworks to encourage critical thinking and discussion among UNCG students and the larger museum community. Organized in conjunction with the Department of Sociology's Centennial Anniversary, the exhibition and its related programming will offer opportunities to explore these critical societal issues.

Image: Enrique Chagoya,  The Misadventures of the Liberating Savages, 2004 (detail), acrylic, water-based oil paint, graphite, collage and ink transfers on amate paper, 8 x 116 1/2 in. Museum purchase with funds from the Dillard Fund for the Dillard Collection, 2004."

Republished from Weatherspoon E newsletter with permission

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