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Aswarm With the Spirits of All Ages Here: Inconceivable Spaces of Slavery and Freedom @ Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History at UNC-Chapel Hill
Mar 21 – Apr 30 all-day

This special installation project by artist Toni Scott seeks to re-articulate spaces where memories of bondage trouble our present-day notions of ‘home’ and ‘land of the free’. The ordeal of the enslaved in both material and existential terms is important for the public’s understanding of the history of the African American presence in North Carolina and elsewhere. This exhibition provides multiple lenses through which bondage, as well as the will towards freedom, can be viewed, re-imagined and, perhaps, better understood. The installation encourages us to reconnect the themes of freedom and liberty to the lives of enslaved people and to geographies of place and exile; to re-sacralize the ground where ancestors toiled and were buried – to re/discover transformed ‘spaces’ that were capable of redefining what it meant to be a free person, even if only in spirit, in an era where bondage was more often the defining dynamic.

An opening reception will take place Thursday, January 25 at 7pm. The exhibition will be on display in the Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum in the Stone Center

Elizabeth Bradford Exhibition @ The Umstead Hotel & Spa
Apr 4 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Based in Charlotte, Elizabeth Bradford will be bringing her dynamic art to The Umstead Hotel & Spa for exhibition April 1 through July 31, with an art lecture and reception to be held on property April 4 from 6-8 p.m. Bradford is known for her realistic depictions of nature—ranging from tree roots growing into a creek bed to cattails flourishing in a duck pond. In addition to her paintings being on display at the hotel, there will also be a concurrent show of Bradford’s work at Raleigh’s downtown art gallery, The Mahler.