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North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Installs Two Sculptures by Mark di Suvero in Museum Park

December 23, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, has installed two large-scale steel sculptures by New York–based artist Mark di Suvero in its Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park. The sculptures, 26-foot-tall Ulalu and 32-foot-tall No Fuss, are on long-term loan to the Museum.

“We’re thrilled to install not one but two of Mark di Suvero’s striking, vibrant, and imaginative sculptures at the NCMA,” says Linda Dougherty, the Museum’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “These sculptures—appearing to defy gravity with a tremendous sense of dynamism, energy, and movement—will be a perfect addition to the Park, engaging with both the landscape and our visitors.”

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Mark di Suvero, “Ulalu”, 2001, stainless steel, painted steel, 26′ 7″ h x 30′ w x 15′ d, © 2016 Mark di Suvero. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

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Mark di Suvero, “No Fuss”, 2003-2008, steel, 32 x 50 x 30 ft, © 2016 Mark di Suvero. Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Art

Internationally renowned for the monumental steel sculptures he has created for over five decades, Di Suvero employs the industrial tools of cutting and welding torches and cranes to create massive, architectural works out of steel I-beams. The improbable angles and sharp lines of his constructions, like giant 3-D drawings, activate the landscapes they are placed in with enormous, forceful, sweeping gestures.  Playing with balance and suspension, some works, like No Fuss, have movable parts that swing and rotate.

“The enormous, bold sculptures will energize the Museum Park in a whole new way—drawing visitors into the new gardens and rolling meadow, welcoming passersby from the street front, and adding a new element of color and geometric line that will contrast beautifully with the natural landscape,” says Dan Gottlieb, the NCMA’s director of planning, design, and the Museum Park. “Placing Ulala at Blue Ridge Road and No Fuss in the meadow will help unify the campus and visually signify to visitors that they are at the NCMA.”

The dynamic geometry, powerful size, and expansive scale of his work are the result of his creative process. “I don’t build small models or draw detailed plans first,” says Mark di Suvero. “I start with a vision, a dream of what I want to do, and see where it goes.”

Di Suvero lives and works in New York, NY.

The two installations are made possible by the NCMA’s Art in the Environment Fund, which was established to support temporary, permanent, and loaned installations of public art in the NCMA Park and community. It is dedicated to the investment in significant and engaging public art and to providing accessible and meaningful experiences with art and nature for the people of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Named One of Top 125 Buildings Since 1891 by “Architectural Record”

September 8, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, has been selected by “Architectural Record” as one of the top 125 most important works of architecture built since the magazine’s founding in 1891. The publication recognized the Museum’s West Building, which was designed by New York–based architects Thomas Phifer and Partners and North Carolina–based landscape architects Surface 678 (then Lappas + Havener), and which opened in 2010. The list of 125 buildings was created by “Architectural Record” editors to commemorate the magazine’s 125th anniversary.

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“The Museum is honored to be recognized by ‘Architectural Record’, one of the most distinguished and world-renowned architectural publications,” says director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We’re incredibly proud to be ranked among such significant and innovative buildings from around the globe.”

Glass and aluminum-clad with striking simplicity and state-of-the-art environmental features, the Museum’s West Building has an open floor plan reinforcing connections to art across time and culture. Adjacent to the 1983 building designed by Edward Durrell Stone, the single-story building was created specifically to showcase the Museum’s wide-ranging permanent collection and features a central sculpture hall and 40 galleries. With the exterior 50 percent glass, the 127,000-square-foot space has an innovative day lighting system to bathe the collection in an even glow of natural light, illuminating colors in Old Master paintings as originally intended. Landscaped sculpture gardens, courtyards, and reflecting pools surround the building and connect seamlessly to the Museum’s 164-acre Park.

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“It was a privilege to work with the architectural firm Thomas Phifer and Partners on the planning and creation of our West Building,” says the NCMA’s director of planning and design Dan Gottlieb. “It showcases our collection in a setting equal to the quality of the artwork it contains. The elegance of its day-lit galleries and garden courtyards perfectly embodies our philosophy of connecting art, nature, and people.”

The West Building opened in April 2010. This fall the NCMA will complete a yearlong redesign and transformation of the Museum campus by expanding the NCMA Park. The project—which will introduce a new elliptical lawn, tree-lined parking, contemporary gardens, a promenade connecting Park and galleries, and significant public art installations by international artists—continues the Museum’s mission of providing memorable and creative experiences with both art and nature.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

For further information call the Museum at 919/839-6262 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, to Install Sculpture by Cuban Artist Yoan Capote in Museum Park

June 7, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, has been given a new work by Cuban artist Yoan Capote to be installed in its 164-acre Museum Park. The sculpture, titled “Open Mind (Barricades)”, is made from metal crowd-control barricades and is designed to resemble a brain if viewed from above. A gift by an anonymous donor, it is the first installation funded by the NCMA’s new Art in the Environment Fund, which was established to support permanent, loaned, and temporary installations of public art in the Museum Park and community. “Open Mind” is the second work by Capote in the Museum’s permanent collection and will be installed over the course of three days, June 7−9, 2016.

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Yoan Capote, “Open Mind (Barricades)”, 2014, metal, installed dimensions approx. H. 11 x W. 98 x D. 72 ft., Gift of anonymous donor, © 2014 Yoan Capote, Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. Special thanks to Mac and Keats for the installation of “Open Mind” at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Appropriating utilitarian metal barricades used for crowd control, Capote created the intricate labyrinth, “Open Mind,” modeled after a diagram of the human brain. He imagines visitors walking through the maze “like neurons interacting” inside the brain. In Capote’s words, “When I saw the piece from above, it made me think of each barricade as all the rules, dogmas, and taboos that are intended to control our behavior.” By elevating the barricades, he subverts their original use and intention: visitors are not kept out, but rather invited in to freely wander through the work.

Employing a variety of media—painting, photography, video, sculpture, and installation—Yoan Capote, who lives and works in Havana, Cuba, makes works of art that poetically capture both highly personal experiences and universal issues of power, difference, alienation, isolation, dislocation, censorship, and restriction.

The Art in the Environment Fund was established to support works of permanent or temporary art in the Museum Park as well as temporary installations of public art in the Raleigh community and beyond. It is dedicated to investment in significant and engaging public art and to providing accessible and meaningful experiences with art and nature for the people of North Carolina. Capote’s “Open Mind” is the first installation funded by the Art in the Environment Fund. Additional works of public art will be installed throughout the summer and fall in celebration of the NCMA’s Park expansion.

For further information call 919/664-6795 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Receives $500,000 Grant from John William Pope Foundation to Name Gallery in Memory of Joyce W. Pope

March 21, 2016

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, has received a grant from the John William Pope Foundation for $500,000 to name one of the Museum’s gallery spaces. The Museum’s Gallery 2, a 28,000-square-foot multipurpose temporary exhibition gallery, will now be named the Joyce W. Pope Gallery in memory of the late Joyce W. Pope.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generous support from the John William Pope Foundation,” says Museum Director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “With Joyce W. Pope’s passion for and support of the arts, this is the perfect way to honor her memory.”

Joyce W. Pope was president of the Pope Foundation from 1986 to 1992. She was a fixture in Raleigh as she supported her husband, John, while he grew Variety Wholesalers, Inc., from five stores into one of the largest retailing chains in the Southeast. Joyce was a dedicated patron of arts, serving as a founding member of the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.

“This is a wonderful way to honor my mother’s dedication to the arts,” says John William Pope Foundation Chairman Art Pope. “She would be humbled. But I also think she would be delighted to know that many visitors, particularly student visitors, will continue to enjoy fine works of art during their Museum trips in a gallery that bears her name.”

The first exhibition to be presented in the new Joyce W. Pope Gallery is American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals, which opens on March 19. Past exhibitions presented in the gallery space include Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind, Edvard Munch: Symbolism in Print, and Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Naming opportunities provide unrestricted general operating support to the Museum to offer a wide variety of exhibitions, concerts, lectures, and educational programming to the people of North Carolina. Seventy percent of the Museum’s budget used for operations and programming is provided to the Museum through private contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The remaining 30 percent is provided through appropriations from the State.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

The John William Pope Foundation is a Raleigh grantmaker whose giving has totaled more than $100 million since 1986. Most of the foundation’s giving is directed to North Carolina nonprofits in the areas of human services, education, arts, and public policy. The Pope Foundation receives its support from the Pope family, owner and operator of the Henderson-based Variety Wholesalers, Inc.

For further information call the Museum at 919/664-6795 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC, Receives Nazi-Looted Painting on Loan

February 29, 2016

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A Nazi-looted painting, significant for its role in art restitution history, is now on display at the Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green in Greenville, SC, until June 5, 2016.

Titled “Madonna and Child in a Landscape,” the painting belongs to the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) and is being loaned to M&G at Heritage Green as part of the exhibition “The Art of Sleuthing.” The piece was painted by the world-renowned German Renaissance artist, Lucas Cranach the Elder. M&G director, Erin Jones said “We are very excited to have the opportunity to share not only a beautiful example of Cranach’s brush, but a painting that has a powerful, inspiring story to tell.”

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John Coffey, deputy director for art and curator of American and Modern Art at NCMA, shared the painting’s history with M&G for the exhibition’s feature on Nazi-looted art. According to Coffey, the painting came to NCMA in 1984 at the death of Mrs. Marianne Khuner, a Jewish WWII refugee and art collector. As is often the case with Old Master paintings, it came with little to no paperwork detailing its ownership history. (Listen to talk Coffey about this painting and story at (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmdtEbhzz5s).

In 1999, the World Jewish Congress, representing the Hainisch sisters living in Vienna, sent a letter to NCMA stating that the Nazis had stolen this Cranach from the Hainisch’s great-uncle, Philip von Gomperz. They believed it had been in the possession of the Nazi Governor of Vienna, Baldur von Schirach, a close associate of both Adolf Hitler and Hermann Goering.

“This letter from the World Jewish Congress was sort of a clarion call for us,” said Coffey. “It was the first instance where an object in our collection had been challenged as having being stolen by the Nazis.”

Coffey described how tenacious research the letter sparked on the part of NCMA to determine whether or not their Cranach was indeed the same painting stolen from von Gomperz. This extensive research was necessary because Cranach had painted multiple versions of “Madonna and Child.”

The moment of truth came when a photograph of von Gomperz’s Cranach was discovered and a detailed comparison revealed that NCMA’s work was the same one.  On the basis of this clear evidence, NCMA returned the painting to the sisters. Unlike many museum predecessors, NCMA did not take the matter to court. Instead, they expressed interest in purchasing the Cranach from the Hainischs so that it might become a permanent part of the NCMA collection.

In gratitude for the unusually gracious manner in which NCMA restituted the painting, the sisters sold the painting to NCMA at half of its estimated value. The painting now serves as an illustration both of cultural injustice and amicable art restitution.

Jones said that the timing of this loan is also significant. In a certain sense, the coming of the restituted Cranach is a celebration of cultural justice. “We specifically negotiated to have the Cranach displayed during this month because March is the month that Hermann Goering went to trial at Nuremberg,” said Jones.

Goering was the Nazi general largely responsible for the extensive art looting that took place across Europe during WWII. Thousands of families, many of whom were Jewish, were stripped of their family heirlooms to satisfy Nazi greed. Many of these heirlooms hung on the walls of the homes and office of the Nazi elite, including Goering’s. At his Nuremberg trial, Goering was convicted for multiple crimes against humanity and sentenced to death. He committed suicide before his execution.

“Madonna and Child in a Landscape” will be on display at M&G at Heritage Green beginning Tuesday March 1, and will be on loan through June 5, 2016. The Museum & Gallery at Heritage Green is open 10am-5pm, Tuesday-Saturday and 2-5pm on Sunday.

For more information about the artwork’s story can be found at (https://youtu.be/MmdtEbhzz5s). For further info about M&G call 864/242-5100, Ext. 1050 or visit (www.bjumg.org).

“The Worlds of M. C. Escher” Exhibition Draws 116,565 Visitors to North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC

January 31, 2016

Visitors from all 50 states traveled to see the exhibition of 131 works by Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher. The North Carolina Museum of Art’s exhibition “The Worlds of M. C. Escher,” which closed Sunday, attracted 116,565 visitors in just 14 weeks. It is the highest attended exhibition since 2011’s “Rembrandt in America”, which drew 150,905 visitors.

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“During ‘The Worlds of M. C. Escher’ we welcomed visitors from all but four counties in North Carolina and from all 50 states, plus Puerto Rico. We had international visitors from across the globe, from France and the UK all the way to Argentina and Australia!,” says Museum Director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are thrilled with the success of this blockbuster exhibition. Not only did we exceed our attendance goals, but we were also able to engage with a wonderfully curious and imaginative audience, some of whom had never visited the Museum before.”

“The Worlds of M. C. Escher”, open Oct. 17, 2015, through Jan. 24, 2016, brought an average of 1,371 visitors per day to the Museum. During the highest attended week (Jan. 10-16), 18,314 visitors attended the exhibition.

The Museum’s concurrent exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester and the Creative Mind”, which featured a rare 500-year-old journal handwritten and illustrated by Leonardo, drew 87,956 visitors. It closed on Jan. 17, while “The Worlds of M. C. Escher” was extended one week to Jan. 24.

The Museum offered free admission to college students every Friday night during the exhibition, and 3,000 college students took advantage of the promotion.

The NCMA is now looking forward to two exciting exhibitions opening on Mar. 19 –  “American Impressionist: Childe Hassam and the Isles of Shoals” and “Marks of Genius: 100 Extraordinary Drawings from the Minneapolis Institute of Art”. “American Impressionist” features 39 breathtaking oil and watercolor paintings created by Childe Hassam on the Isles of Shoals, while “Marks of Genius” includes master drawings, watercolors, gouaches, and pastels dating from the Middle Ages to the present.

For further information call the Museum at 919/664-6795 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, to Host Lecture by Photographer Andrew Moore – Oct. 14, 2015

September 30, 2015

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On Oct., 14, 2015, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, will host a free lecture by internationally acclaimed artist Andrew Moore. Moore will speak about his recent work and his latest book, “Dirt Meridian”. A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture. The event is made possible by the Cyma Rubin Photography Fund, which provides annual support for photography lectures, exhibitions, and education programs at the NCMA.

“I am very passionate about our burgeoning photography collection and have proudly seen it grow from 22 works to over 400 during my time as director of the Museum,” says NCMA director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “We are extremely grateful to Cyma Rubin for supporting photography programs that complement our collection, allowing us to present exhibitions of local and internationally known photographers and educate visitors on this fascinating field of art.”

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Andrew Moore, “The Yellow Porch, Sheridan County, Nebraska”, from “Dirt Meridian” series, 2013, archival pigment print, Purchased with funds from William R. Valentiner, by exchange

Four of Moore’s photographs will be on view in the NCMA’s photography galleries through April 3, 2016. One of the photographs, “The Yellow Porch, Sheridan County, Nebraska” (pictured above) is on the cover of his book “Dirt Meridian”, which will be discussed at the lecture. It was acquired by the Museum in 2014.

“Moore’s visceral, color-saturated images depict both physical and social landscapes, transporting viewers to places they may never visit with a striking level of clarity and detail,” says Linda Dougherty, the NCMA’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art. “His photographs often capture massive historic shifts and utilize architecture to symbolize broader change and transformation, dissolution, and decay.”

Andrew Moore (American, born 1957) received his BA from Princeton University (1979), where he studied photography with Emmet Gowin. He currently lives and works in New York City. Moore’s expansive projects, often years in the making, include photographic explorations of New York, Cuba, Russia, Ukraine, Bosnia, Vietnam, Detroit, and most recently, the American West. In all of his work, Moore focuses his camera on the architecture and the landscape as a way to tell the complicated stories and histories of specific sites. His recent series “Dirt Meridian” focuses on the longitudinal line that divides east and west in the United States, presenting a view of the contemporary agricultural landscape.

Cyma Rubin, the founder and sponsor of the Cyma Rubin Photography Fund at the NCMA, is a Tony and Emmy Award–winning producer, director, and writer. Rubin graduated from North Carolina State University and from The New York School of Interior Design. In 2003 she received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Fine Arts and the Distinguished Alumni Award from North Carolina State University. She is a member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Writers Guild of America East, the Overseas Press Club, National Press Photographers Association, American Alliance of Museums, and the executive committee of the Weill Cornell Medical Council.

Artist Lecture: Photographer Andrew Moore
Wednesday, Oct. 14, 7pm
West Building

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

For further information visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, will host free public tours of the current exhibition “Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection” the weekends of Feb. 14 and Feb. 21, 2015

February 11, 2015

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Public Tour: “Private Eye: Allen G. Thomas Jr. Photography Collection”

Saturday, February 14; Sunday, February 15; Saturday, February 21; Sunday, February 22  | 1:30 pm

Free

No reservations required. Meet at East Building Information Desk.

Explore the impact that a collector’s choices—and those of the photographers collected—have on our understanding of contemporary photography.

For further info visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

North Carolina Museum of Art to Celebrate Art Museum Day with Free Admission – May 18, 2014

May 6, 2014

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA), in Raleigh, NC, will offer free admission to the exhibit, “Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection” on Sunday, May 18, 2014, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day. This is the third year that the NCMA has participated in Art Museum Day.

Art Museum Day emphasizes the essential role that art museums play in their communities, highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in the wide-ranging programs offered by AAMD member museums.

“We are thrilled to participate in Art Museum Day by offering free admission to Estampas de la raza, a spectacular exhibition of vibrant prints by Latino artists,” says Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the NCMA. “The motivation behind Art Museum Day represents the NCMA’s core mission: to bring our community together to enjoy, appreciate, and engage with art.”

“Art museums play a powerful role as community gathering places, bringing together people from all walks of life to experience the best of human creativity,” said Chris Anagnos, executive director of AAMD. “AAMD is so pleased that the North Carolina Museum of Art is joining us in this celebration by inviting everyone in North Carolina to participate in Art Museum Day.”

AAMD represents 240 art museums across the United States, Canada, and Mexico – from regional museums to large museums in major urban centers. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration.

A list of participating AAMD member art museums is available on AAMD’s Web site, (www.aamd.org). Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day are held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

The NCMA invites visitors to share their experiences on Art Museum Day via social media with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay.

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

The Museum opened West Building, home to the permanent collection, in 2010. The North Carolina Museum of Art, Lawrence J. Wheeler, director, is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. It is the art museum of the State of North Carolina, Pat McCrory, governor, and an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, Susan Kluttz, secretary.

For further information visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

UNC–Chapel Hill and Wake Forest University to Debate at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC – Mar. 29, 2014

March 19, 2014

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On Mar. 29, 2014, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, East Building, Museum Auditorium, will host a debate between the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Wake Forest University Debate Team. The debaters will respond to the statement “The objectification of culture into art is damaging to that culture” and will address issues also highlighted in the Museum’s spring exhibition “Estampas de la raza: Prints for the People/The Romo Collection”. The event is free; ticket from Box Office is required.

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Lawrence Colación, “Veterano,” 1995, screen print, 37 5/8 x 25 ¾ in., Collection of the McNay Art Museum, Gift of Harriett and Ricardo Romo, 2009.43, © 2013 Lawrence Colación

At the conclusion of the debate, audience members will be invited to ask the students questions, offer commentary, and join in a conversation about the topics and perspectives introduced during the arguments.

“The debate explores issues of tradition and identity in works of art and will be a great lead-in to “Estampas de la raza,” which addresses these topics as pertaining to Hispanic culture in particular,” says Jennifer Dasal, the NCMA’s associate curator of contemporary art and the curator of “Estampas de la raza”. “We are hoping for lively, thought-provoking audience involvement to start a discussion about these extremely important issues.”

This is the third college debate that the Museum has held in conjunction with a special exhibition and the first to feature two universities taking opposing sides of an argument.

Deborah Reid Murphy, the Museum’s coordinator of adult programs, says college debates are valuable for both the students and the Museum. “This is a special opportunity for college students to take center stage—literally—and discuss issues addressed by these significant works of art,” Reid Murphy explains. “The debate allows us to start a multigenerational conversation between the students and members of the audience that is sure to uncover many different viewpoints and stories.”

The North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making the institution one of the premier art museums in the South. The Museum’s collection provides educational, aesthetic, intellectual, and cultural experiences for the citizens of North Carolina and beyond. The 164-acre Museum Park showcases the connection between art and nature through site-specific works of environmental art. The Museum offers changing national touring exhibitions, classes, lectures, family activities, films, and concerts.

For further information call the Museum at 919/839-6262 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).