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Thornton Dial: Thoughts on Paper

January 12 through March 17, 2013

Since the early 1990s, Thornton Dial (b.1928) of Birmingham, Alabama has produced a rich body of lyrical works on paper, often engaged with themes of gender and human relationships. Focusing on the very earliest of those drawings, the exhibition featured a group of 50 sheets with Dial’s characteristic and broadly coherent iconography of women, fish, birds, roosters, and tigers, rendered in a variety of media. This pioneering exhibition presented an underappreciated side to the work of Dial an artist best known and celebrated for his large scale, multi-media assemblages dealing with a wide range of charged social and political themes.


Organized and circulated by the Ackland Art Museum, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with funding in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Frey Foundation, and the William Hayes Ackland Trust. The Alabama Humanities Foundation sponsored the exhibition locally.



Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts