Hold Capacity // Trade Route Stories, Re-imagined
On View July 30 – August 10
Opening Reception Saturday, August 3, 7 – 10 p.m.
Artists’ Talk: Tuesday, July 30, 7:00 p.m.
Performance: Friday, August 9, Doors Open 7:00 p.m., Show Begins 8:00 p.m.
Artists: Jaclyn Bowie, Eric Waters, Nora Weatherby, Jon O’Neill, Jenny Morgan, Chris Vitiello, Amanda Dahill-Moore, Jonathan Lee, Jacki Huntington and Allison Swaim
If cargo ships stopped for 3 days, half the world would starve. Half the world would freeze. Documentary artist Allison Swaim circumnavigated the world on cargo ships, collecting stories from the sailors who keep the world running. She returned to NC with 2.5 terabytes of image, sound, and text. This summer, 9 Triangle-based artists dove into her hard-drives of source material to create work inspired by stories of the sea, seaman’s life, movement and travel, isolation, space, and the global shipping industry.
Durham Then and Now: See Yourself in the Image Machine
On View August 13 – 24
This exhibition takes historic images of Durham and puts them through new paces. It’s a rehearsal for the future.
Three motion pictures serve as inspiration and source material for this show – the Durham “Movies of Local People” made by H. Lee Waters in 1937, “Tobacco Land USA” made by March of Time in 1939, and “Negro Durham Marches On” made by Don Parisher in 1948. The first catches people candidly on the street, the second looks at work on a tobacco farm and in a cigarette factory, and the third shows Hayti at a high point, after the war and before the freeway. Consider the people who lived in Durham during that time – if you told them that Durham would still be here in 2013 but there would be no tobacco and there would be no Hayti, it would have been highly unlikely that they could imagine that future. That impossible future is our present. How could Durham change so much and still be Durham? The only answer I have to offer is simple but true – “Life is like that.”
One hundred years ago the 1200 electric lights of the short-lived “slogan sign” proclaimed that Durham was “Renowned the World Around” and further boasted of “Health, Wealth, Success, Progress.” The sign was atop a three story building on the corner of Church and Main, you would see it from the train as you pulled into town. When we look at historical images, do we fully understand how they reflect and refract their times? How do image machines work – how did they work THEN and how do they work NOW? What is it about our future that will prove impossible to predict?
Tom Whiteside is a filmmaker and film historian and is the founding director of Durham Cinematheque. He has been creating and exhibiting visual art for 35 years, mostly in film, video and photography.
On View August 27 – September 7
Opening Reception: LABOR DAY – Monday, September 1, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Artist’s Talk: Friday, August 30, 6:00 pm
An art show exploring the space and time of work.
Paradise Garden Project
Ann Marie Kennedy, Beth Tacular, Katherine Whalen, Lauren Adams, Lee Moore Crawford, Jennifer Collins-Mancour
On View September 24 – October 5Opening Reception Friday, September 27, 6:00 – 9:00 pm