Ronald Lockett at Ackland Art Museum
until April 9, 2017
Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett is the first solo exhibition of Ronald Lockett’s art. It emphasises the powerful themes the artist explored over the course of his career through about 50 of his works.
The exhibition, which was presented in 2016-2017 at the American Folk Art Museum in New York and the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, marks the first time that viewers will be able to gain insight into the full range of Lockett’s paintings and assemblages.
Raised in Bessemer, Alabama, near Birmingham, Lockett (1965-1998) was influenced by other self-taught African American artists in his closely knit community, including his cousin Thornton Dial (1928-2016), who mentored him. Through his art, Lockett explored events in twentieth-century history that he sought to better understand; among them are acts of large-scale violence and terrorism such as the Holocaust, the bombing of Hiroshima, and the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building. He also grappled with emotionally-charged subjects such as racial and political tumult, including the rise of the Ku Klux Klan and the unfulfilled promises of the Civil Rights Movement; environmental degradation; and religious faith.
In his final years, following his diagnosis with HIV/AIDS, his art explored mortality, salvation, and remembrance. Largely unrecognised during his lifetime, by the time of his death at age 32, Lockett had produced an estimated 400 works of art created from a wide variety of found materials.
ACKLAND ART MUSEUM
101 S. Columbia Street University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599