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Juan Logan: Creating & Collecting Opens Nov. 2

Nov. 2, 2021 through March 13, 2022
A Dr. Roy E. Morgan Memorial Exhibition

Working out of his studio in Belmont, North Carolina, artist Juan Logan continues to expand his art’s unyielding call for social responsibility. Logan’s artworks, which address subjects relevant to the American experience, are simultaneously abstract and representational. His paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and videos address the interconnections of race, place and power. They make visible how hierarchical relations and social stereotypes shape individuals, institutions, and the material and mental landscapes of contemporary life.

A retired University of North Carolina professor, Logan’s installations, sculptures, prints and paintings are included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture and many more. Through his many exhibitions and a very successful career, Logan amassed a collection of works from his friends and sources of inspiration in the art world. Not only will this exhibition share his many holdings by the most important artists from the 1970s to the present, it will also present Logan’s own work in dialogue with his collection. The galleries will examine the role that Jasper Johns, Claes Oldenberg, Robert Motherwell, Thornton Dial and more have played in Logan’s practice as an artist and how collecting has informed his creative process.

This exhibition originated at the Hickory Museum of Art.

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition will close for our semester break on Friday, Dec. 17. We will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 18.


Art in Context Director’s Tour with Heather Sincavage, MFA
Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Join Sordoni Art Gallery Director Heather Sincavage for an in-depth tour of Juan Logan’s “Creating and Collecting.”  She will discuss Logan’s use of metaphor and symbolism in deeping poignant works that discuss issues facing Black Americans today.  Logan’s artwork is paired with artworks that he has collected since the 1970s.  Participants will hear further context about these artists and how they align with Logan’s artistic practice.

Art in Your Hands Workshop: Found Object Artwork
Saturday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m.

Inspired by Logan’s creations and collections, join us in creating your own found object jewelry! In this one-hour workshop, we will be creating assemblage pendants using upcycled vintage materials and resin. Learn about jewelry making, working with resin and the power of art trouvé.

Consider bringing your own small (less than half-inch) object, image, or photo to impart personal meaning into your pendant!

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graphic for juan logan exhibit opening nov. 2 and running through march 13 at the sordoni art gallery