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Art in Moments of Transition

April 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

In his instructions to a troupe of actors, Shakespeare’s Hamlet describes the “purpose of playing” is “to hold, as ‘twere, the mirror up to nature.” In other words, the performers should reflect an authentic version of the world around them. All art, in some way, responds to and evolves based on shifting climates, tastes, and perspectives in the world. Indeed, artists provide useful insights into the truths and trends of their eras and cultures in the ways they choose to reflect them. This seminar will look at two moments in two cultures—Mexico after its early 20th century revolution and China in the more recent past—and explore the ways artists reflected in their work the transformations happening around them.  


The Politics of Art in Post-Revolution Mexico 

Eduardo Douglas, Associate Professor of Art History 

Performing Arts in an Evolving China 

Alison M. Friedman, James and Susan Moeser Executive and Artistic Director, Carolina Performing Arts 

How do art and artists reflect, adapt to, and influence societies in flux? 

A panel discussion with our speakers. 


DATE & TIME:  Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 9:00am – 12:30pm

COST: The tuition is $65 to attend in person or $30 for virtual viewing. Light refreshments will be served.

LOCATION: The Rizzo Center


*In-Person Registration for this event closes on April 5 at 3pm**

Register online or by calling 919-962-1544.


UNC Students can attend for free, but pre-registration is required. Discounts are available for multiple-seminar or first-time purchases, members of Carolina Alumni, UNC faculty, & staff. For more information about discounts and registration policies, visit our General Information page, here

Teachers may attend one in-person Weekend Seminar for free tuition (optional meals not included), and any additional in-person seminars for a 50% tuition discount. To apply for free in-person tuition, email Current K-12 teachers interested in receiving a complimentary virtual viewing registration for this seminar can apply here. Teachers receive .3 CEUs post-attendance.

Participants will receive an email with venue and background information about 1 week before the program.


April 6
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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The Rizzo Center
150 Dubose Home Ln
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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