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In 1977, under the guidance of Carl Sagan, the American space program assumed the role of ambassador of human civilization on a cultural mission into the deepest reaches of the cosmos. With the launch of Voyager I, NASA jettisoned…

Two concurrent shows at CAM Raleigh share conceptual themes, aesthetics, and physical space: the theatrical play Blue Sky and a new-media exhibition “Super-Vision” . Co-produced by Burning Coal Theater Company, Blue Sky is written by…

Unfazed bystanders shuffle past Regina José Galindo as she carries a large bowl of swishing blood, real blood. At every seven or eight paces, the performance artist lowers the bowl to the ground, steps into the blood, and marks…

“Alternative Modernisms” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) is a generative show. The exhibition title alone speaks to the possibility of fluid meanings – Modernism set forth in the plural insists on a multiplicity and a refusal…

When picking through photo albums at thrift stores in 2011, artist Ben Alper found one containing a gold mine of imagery. The second-hand album was full of 4-by-6 photographs that Alper used as the subject and material for an…

Works of contemporary art rarely come with instruction manuals, though many viewers would probably benefit from just such a set of directions. By adopting the phrase, “open this end” as its title, this timely and thoughtful exhibition seems to…

One can only imagine the anxiety involved in organizing an exhibition that responds to the endlessly complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict. That said, Xandra Eden thoughtfully curated “Zones of Contention: After the Green Line” for the Weatherspoon Museum in Greensboro, North…

Jaume Plensa’s stainless steel and stone sculpture from 2012 titled Waves III, currently installed on the campus of Davidson College, is not site-specific. While this fact may not seem atypical for a sculpture in general, in the work of…

Cathy McLaurin grew up in Silk Hope, a small community near Siler City, North Carolina. Her solo exhibition, “The North Wind and the Sun,” at the Power Plant Gallery at the American Tobacco Campus through August 15, shares a…

Like an aerial view of a city or a Gee’s Bend quilt, the new paintings of North Carolina artist Barbara Campbell Thomas buzz with a loose predictability that renders them charmingly familiar, yet capricious up close. As you scan…

When a disaster strikes, contemporary society has developed a generic formula of waves of response. Instantly, the media floods their channels with on-site reporters providing factless predictions and “disaster porn” images that quickly generate “compassion fatigue.” Then relief organizations…

Because many artworks embody contradictory positions, articulating them as seemingly insurmountable polarities can be an unnecessary task, but it is one readily tackled by the authors of gallery press releases and museum wall labels. You know the type: “The…