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“The New Found Land” & "America Seen" at the Ackland Art Museum

  • Ackland Art Museum 101 South Columbia Street Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (map)
The New Found Land

The New Found Land

This exhibition highlights prints made by the Franco-Flemish engraver Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) to illustrate the 1590 edition of A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia by Thomas Harriot. De Bry’s images and Harriot’s text offered Europeans a detailed account of the appearance and customs of Native Americans encountered by the British settlers on Roanoke Island, off the coast of what is now North Carolina, in 1585. Published in four languages and widely distributed, the book and its illustrations gave Europeans their first—and lasting—impressions of Native Americans.

Over 40 compelling engravings, some hand-colored and from various editions of the book, will be supplemented in the exhibition by related materials from two other University collections: the North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library and the North Carolina Archaeological Collection in the Research Laboratories of Archaeology.


America Seen: The Hunter and Cathy Allen Collection of Social Realist Prints

31 January 2014 - 13 April 2014

America Seen

America Seen

The 1920s through 1940s were decades of dramatic economic and cultural change in the United States―from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression to the New Deal. The period saw substantial growth in print culture in America, as the government instituted the Works Progress Administration (WPA), aiming to put unemployed Americans back to work. The Federal Art Project, a division of the WPA established in 1935, employed artists, including printmakers, to create works inspired by the “American Scene.” Alongside this government patronage, many artists also produced works for organizations such as Associated American Artists, founded in 1934, to deliver original prints directly to the public.

America Seen presents a very recent generous gift to the Ackland of 38 prints―lithographs, wood engravings, etchings, and wood-block prints―made between the mid-1920s and the mid-1940s. Each individual print repays close attention to the artist’s choice of medium and composition.