Friday, February 27, 2009

Paul Bonesteel Delved Into the Mysteries of George Masa

Paul Bonesteel's lecture, George Masa: Enduring Photos, Enduring Mysteries, brought out the detective in the intrigued audience. Masa was such an extraordinary photographer and interesting man, yet his life is still shrouded in mystery. Bonesteel has directed the film "The Mystery of George Masa" which looks into the life of this unique photographer. The film will be screened March 14 + 15 at 2:00 p.m. each day at the Museum. You also have a chance to walk in the footsteps of Masa on a photography hike with John Dickson who will lead us on an easy hike through Pisgah Forest or on the Blue Ridge Parkway and teach us how to capture the mountain landscape.

has led many such hikes but this is the first for the Asheville Art Museum. Bring your camera and hiking shoes, and emergency rain gear and a snack. Cost is $10 for Asheville Art Museum Members, $15 for non-Members. Space is limited; advance registration is required. To register, please contact Nancy Sokolove, Adult Programs Manager, at 828.253.3227, ext. 120 or

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New exhibitions now open!

Two new exhibitions opened at the Asheville Art Museum with an opening reception on February 8th. Mapping the Mountains: The Photographs of George Masa is on view through July 5, 2009 and exhibits the seminal photographs by George Masa and demonstrates why he has been called "the Ansel Adams of the Appalachians." Eva Zeisel: The Shape of Life is on view through May 10, 2009 and displays the designs that introduced a new Modernism to the U.S. Visit for a full listing of programs related to these new exhibitions!

Join us tonight for a special film screening of The Gates at the Fine Arts Theatre at 7:00 p.m.! After 26 years of fighting bureaucracy, Christo and Jeanne-Claude succeeded in transforming 23 miles of New York City’s Central Park paths into a saffron-colored, snow-filled winter wonderland. This film by Antonio Ferrara and the award-winning documentary pioneer, Albert Maylses, follows the artists from project inception in 1979 through to its stunning completion. This special screening opportunity is highly anticipated.

And Saturday, February 21st from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. the Museum hosts George Masa: Enduring Photos, Enduring Mysteries with a lecture by local filmmaker Paul Bonesteel, a tour of the exhibition Mapping the Mountains: The Photographs of George Masa and a reception.

We hope to see you at these exciting upcoming events!

Here are some photos from the opening reception on Sunday, February 8th:

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Christo and Jeanne-Claude had the audience in awe!

Christo and Jeanne-Claude were a huge hit with a crowd full of art enthusiasts, fans, students and those curious about the works of these innovative artists. An artistic team like no other, Christo and Jeanne-Claude had the audience's attention captured from the first moment of their lecture.

After a slide show and lecture about works in progress and the history of their works, the audience had the chance to ask questions during the extended Q+A period.

Christo and Jeanne-Claude fielded the questions with grace -- and a great sense of humor. They truly operate as a team in every sense of the word, in their art and in their daily lives.

Visit or for related programs and events!

Image Credit: Copyright Paul Jeremias 2009.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Christo and Jeanne-Claude Tonight!!!

Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Works in Progress with Q+A is tonight--Thursday, February 5th--at 7:00 p.m. at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium!! Tickets are available at Thomas Wolfe Auditorium Box Office, or by calling 828.251.5505.

Join us for this highly anticipated event!!

Image Credit:

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, The Gates, Central Park,
New York
, 2005