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Bardo Arts Center Blog

Explore our blog to discover upcoming events and experiences from the WCU Fine Art Museum and the Bardo Arts Center (BAC) Performance Hall

The Neutral Ground Film Still feat. the film's director CJ Hunt

Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers

Enjoy free documentary films from the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, connecting documentary filmmakers and their impactful work with audiences throughout the South.   

Black Violin

Black Violin

Combining classical training and hip-hop influences, Black Violin creates a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as "classical boom". NPR took note and declared “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation”.   

Carrie Mae Weems, Color, Real, and Imagined

Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects

On February 1, 2021, the WCU Fine Art Museum at Bardo Arts Center will open Carrie Mae Weems: The Usual Suspects. The exhibition includes recent photographic and video works questioning stereotypes that associate black bodies with criminality.  

African American man on ground with a weight tied to his leg with chains that he is dragging

Jefferson Pinder: Selections from the Inertia Cycle

The five video performances included in Jefferson Pinder: Selections from the Inertia Cycle, 2003-2014 focus on themes of labor and endurance with metaphoric references to African American identity, history, and experience.  

Bardo Arts Center Star Atrium with three individuals looking at the Cherokee Syllabary without translation

Cherokee Exhibit Grant Announcement

The Western Carolina University Bardo Arts Center is honored to announce an $88,050 grant award from the Cherokee Preservation Foundation. The grant supports a permanent interpretive exhibit that promotes the sharing and teaching of Cherokee language and culture through programming developed in collaboration with members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI) community.  

Mildred Thompson vitreographs at the WCU Fine Art Museum

Mildred Thompson: Helio Centric

Sunspot activity and cosmic movements fascinated Mildred Thompson, and she used these ideas as a jumping point to develop the abstract visual language for this series of vitreographs.  

Nicole Brewer

Anti-Racist Arts Workshop

Nicole Brewer, creator of Conscientious Theatre Training and originator of the Anti-Racist Theatre (A.R.T.) movement is teaching her unique approach which blends anti-racist theory, social justice, collectivism, healing justice and theatre exercises for an embodied understanding of racism and our agency to become anti-racist.  

Tekki Lomnicki in Code of the Freaks

Code of the Freaks

Code of the Freaks presents a radical reframing of the use of disabled characters in film. Using hundreds of clips spanning over 100 years of moviemaking, and a cast of disabled artists, scholars and activists, it’s a scorching critique of some of Hollywood’s most beloved characters. This revelatory documentary investigates the power of movie imagery to shape the beliefs and behaviors of the general public toward disabled people, and of disabled people toward themselves.   

Lonnie Holley in his studio in 2018

Thumbs Up for Mother Universe: Stories from the Life of Lonnie Holley

Filmed over 20 years, Thumbs Up for Mother Universe, tells Lonnie Holley's story, revealing how one man's instinct to create has enabled him to succeed against all odds - a journey from garbage dumps and prison camps, to festival stages and The Met.  

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