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All We Need: Ackland’s “More Love”

I’ll start by stating if you’ve not been to see “More Love” at the Ackland Art Museum yet, just stop reading now and make plans to explore this original exhibition as soon as humanly possible.

"More Love" on exhibit only until March 31, 2013 at Chapel Hill's Ackland Art Museum
“More Love” on exhibit only until March 31, 2013 at Chapel Hill’s Ackland Art Museum


“More Love” explores many aspects of love, more than the sentimental and pop culture aspects of a complex, sometimes politicized emotion, through visual and interactive experiences. Upon entering the museum’s vestibule, voices repeating “I love you” shower visitors, setting a certain mood. Once inside the main hall, Gregory Sale’s “Love for Love” greets us with a wall of text and a trough of buttons, inviting us to “take what you need” from the trough.

Buttons with love-inspired text from Triangle region residents whose voices aren't often heard.
Buttons with love-inspired text from Triangle region residents whose voices aren’t often heard.

More exhibits offer thought provoking reflection on acts of love, love in the service of another, of country, of ideals. The audio installation of Sharon Hayes’ “Everything Else Has Failed! Don’t You Think It’s Time for Love?” lets the listener relive the artist’s midtown Manhattan public street performances where she addressed an anonymous lover.

Take a seat and listen as the artist speaks about her anonymous lover on a busy Manhattan street corner.
Take a seat and listen as the artist speaks about her anonymous lover on a busy Manhattan street corner.

“More Love” includes more than fifty works, from 33 artists, each engaging participants to explore our emotions and think with our hearts. Several works appear beyond the museum’s walls and spill over into the surrounding community as well. Look for special signs along Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill, a series of six billboards will appear around the Triangle, and a display of “99 Books About Love on the Wall” found in the Ackland Museum Store.

Found on a wall in the Ackland Museum Store
Found on a wall in the Ackland Museum Store

Just as love is fleeting, Ackland’s “More Love” exhibit ends March 31st. All too soon, yet more precious for its brief time here with us. Plan your visit to the Ackland to participate in “More Love” events listed below (check the Ackland website for a complete calendar of events):

“Be Our Valentine” Celebration

Enjoy the exhibition “More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s” with friends–or that special someone–on Valentine’s Day! In addition to seeing the show, during the evening you’ll also be able to take a self-guided love hunt through our permanent collection, send a special “More Love” postcard to your sweetheart, make your own valentine from scratch, eat sweet treats, and listen to lovely love songs!

When: Thursday, February 14, 2013 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Ackland Art Museum
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Music in the Galleries: “Community Love Jukebox,” Vol. 1

The song you awkwardly swayed to at a junior high dance decades ago. A great track from a mix tape made by someone special? A tune you remember your family member or first love endlessly humming? Share your favorite love songs and the stories behind them with fellow music-lovers at the Ackland on February 17 as we create a Community Love Jukebox. Bring vinyl records, cassette tapes, CDs, iPhones, and/or iPods with recordings of the love songs you love! Work together with WXYC DJs and fellow music-lovers to create the best “love mix” to be played on our Community Love Jukebox. The playlist (and stories) for our Jukebox will be compiled and made available at Selected songs and stories will also be woven together to create a Thursday Night Feature program on WXYC (89.3 FM).

Where: Ackland Art Musuem

When: Sunday, 17 February, 2:00 PM

Cost: Free and open to the public


Tea at Two: “The Alchemy of Desire”

Teka Selman, Asst. Director, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts, Duke University, will lead a discussion of the intersection of mystery and meaning in the work of contemporary artist Dario Robleto, among others. In connection to the Ackland’s newest exhibition: More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s.

Where: Ackland Art Musuem

When: Wednesday, 20 February, 2:00 PM

Cost: Free for members, $10 for non-member guests.

Space is limited. Please RSVP to


Ackland Film Forum: Untitled (Jim Hodges, Carlos Marques da Cruz, and Encke King, 2010)

Untitled is a non-linear montage of archival and pop footage recalling the passionate activism sparked by the early years of the AIDS crisis. Un-spooling at multiple levels, the narrative flies between scenes of tragic brutality to kitschy humor, arch clips of laughter and ironic surprises while shredding traditional chronology. Many references — the title, short excerpts from Golden Girls and Dynasty, popular songs, and contemporary issues — nod towards the work of artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres, whose art served as the impetus for the Ackland’s exhibition More Love: Art, Politics, and Sharing since the 1990s (on view 1 Feb – 31 Mar 2013)

Where: The Varsity Theatre, 123 E. Franklin St, Downtown Chapel Hill, 27514

When: Thursday, 21 February, 7:00 PM

Cost: Free to students with ID, $4 for all others.

North Carolina Public Radio WUNC is the Official Media Sponsor of the Ackland Film Forum.


Family Day: “I Heart Art”

Build museum memories with the children in your life at the Ackland’s monthly Family Day! Come for a little while or stay for the whole afternoon! Explore the More Love exhibition with your family and experience works of art in new ways! Interact with the art and consider how you can show “more love” to your friends, family, and community. Join us for Story Time at 3:00 and 4:00 PM and visit the Creation Station to make a love-inspired artwork. Please note that family day activities are recommended for children ages 4-8.

Where: Ackland Art Museum

When: Sunday, 24 February, 2:00-5:00 PM

Cost: Free and open to the public.

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