To a group of playwrights, paintings and sculptures at the Ackland Art Museum are worth more than just a thousand words — they are worth a whole one-act play.
For the second year, the Ackland’s artwork will come to life through a series of five 10-minute plays performed in the museum’s galleries as a part of the “Activated Art” series.
Dana Coen, a UNC professor and series creator, said he started the event to incorporate both his loves: visual art and theater.
“I hope (the audience will) see that theater and the plastic arts have a relationship with each other,” Coen said.
These plays are an example of ekphrasis — a tradition where artworks are inspired by other forms of art.
Each play is performed in front of the piece of art that inspired it.
“The event is done like a tour and the audience moves from gallery to gallery,” Coen said.
This year’s playwrights include a student playwright, UNC professors and local authors.
Coen has a play being performed at the series, “The Spectacle of Our Misery,” which was inspired by Emile Bernard’s painting “Woman and Haystacks, Brittany.”