A brief ascent to the second floor of the Ackland Art Museum leads museum-goers to Ackland Upstairs, an evolving exhibit where the art changes every eight weeks.
The space, separated into galleries, contains artwork by different artists — all of varying mediums. The current installation opened Jan. 10.
Many of the galleries have been curated by UNC professors in tandem with their class coursework.
The courses include "First Year Seminar: North Carolina Black Feminisms," "Introduction to Fiction Writing," "Picture That: History of Photography from Tintypes to Instagram," "Literary Approaches to American Studies" and "Research Methods in Film Studies: Histories of Moviegoing."
Martin Johnson, an associate professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literature, teaches "Histories of Moviegoing." On Tuesday, he took his class to the exhibit.
He made sure to include movie posters from the late 19th to early 20th century for his students to analyze. His gallery includes several works of art, such as a satirical poster by the Guerilla Girls for a fictional movie entitled “The Birth of Feminism,” which features images of Pamela Anderson, Halle Berry and Catherine Zeta-Jones casted as Gloria Steinem, Flo Kennedy and Bella Abzug, respectively.
“I wanted to have my students figure out which movies the posters are for, but also to get to think about posters and artwork and what it means to look at a poster as art as opposed to advertising or just a kind of reservoir of information,” Johnson said.
Johnson said his class focuses on the history of moviegoing and movie culture on a global scale.
Antonia Randolph, a sociologist who teaches "North Carolina Black Feminisms," said her class centers on different aspects of Black feminist thought and practice.