Reckoning and Resilience:
North Carolina Art Now
Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now brings together 31 emerging and established artists working across the state. This group survey, featuring approximately 70 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 a year 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, Heather Gordon, Stephen Hayes, Clarence Heyward, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Ashley Johnson, Juan Logan, Jennifer Markowitz, Beverly McIver, Ambrose Murray, Bishop Ortega, Renzo Ortega, Sherrill Roland, Meg Stein, Saba Taj, William Paul Thomas, Lien Truong, Cornell Watson, Antoine Williams, Charles Williams, Jade Wilson, Stephanie J. Woods, Xiaowei Wu and Sam Digges Hunter.
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.