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Reckoning and Resilience:
North Carolina Art Now

January 13 – July 10, 2022
Jade Wilson, Taari Coleman of NC BORN (detail), 2020 (printed 2021). © Jade Wilson. Image courtesy of the artist.


Clarence Heyward, PTSD, 2020. Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas, 60 x 48 inches (152.4 x 121.92 cm). © Clarence Heyward. Image courtesy of the artist. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art. This work was part of the 2022 exhibition Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now.

Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now brings together 30 emerging and established artists working across the state. This group survey, featuring approximately 100 works, presents an expansive view of contemporary art in North Carolina both in terms of regional geography and artistic approaches.

With media ranging from traditional drawing, painting, sculpture and photography, to ceramics, textiles, performance and experimental video, the selected artists explore themes surrounding historical and current events, identity, loss and remembrance, and trauma and healing. After two years marked by a global pandemic, political chaos, ongoing deadly racism and environmental injustice, the need to reexamine ourselves and the world around us has never been more urgent. The artists included in this exhibition invite us to reckon with hard truths, seek healing in collective reflection, and demand transformative action.

Artists include Elizabeth Alexander, Johannes Barfield, Kennedi Carter, Kimberley Pierce Cartwright, Jessica Clark, Steven M. Cozart, Julia Gartrell, Ayla Gizlice, Stephen Hayes, Clarence Heyward, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Sam Digges Hunter and Xiaowei Wu, Ashley Johnson, Juan Logan, Jennifer Markowitz, Beverly McIver, Ambrose Rhapsody Murray, Bishop Ortega, Renzo Ortega, Sherrill Roland, Meg Stein, Saba Taj, William Paul Thomas, Lien Truong, Cornell Watson, Antoine Williams, Charles Edward Williams, Jade Wilson and Stephanie J. Woods.

Jennifer Markowitz, Stimulus Mask II, 2021. Drawn thread and hand embroidery on silk organza, 4 x 9 inches (10.16 x 22.86 cm). Courtesy of the artist. © Jennifer Markowitz. Photo by Brian Quinby.
Cornell Watson, Righteous Rage (detail), from the series Behind the Mask, 2020 (printed 2021). Archival pigment print on Epson Hot Press Bright paper, 40 x 60 inches (101.6 x 152.4 cm). © Cornell Watson. Courtesy of the artist.
Sam Digges Hunter and Xiaowei Wu, Deep Cut, 2019. 4-channel video (color, sound), 13:09 minutes. © Sam Digges Hunter and Xiaowei Wu. Image courtesy of the artists.

Organization and Support

This exhibition is organized by the Nasher Museum’s curatorial department: Molly Boarati, associate curator; Adria Gunter, curatorial assistant; Melissa Gwynn, exhibitions and publications manager; Lauren Haynes, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art; and Marshall N. Price, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now is generously supported by Bank of America.

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Additional support provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; The Duke Endowment; Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Frank Edward Hanscom Endowment Fund; Janine & J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund; J. Horst & Ruth Mary Meyer Fund; John & Anita Schwarz Family Endowment; Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; and Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle.

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