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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).

North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC, Hosts Art of the Auction Benefit – June 8, 2013

May 4, 2013

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On June 8, 2013, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) in Raleigh, NC, hosts its third annual Art of the Auction, a benefit that supports the NCMA Foundation. A silent auction features juried works by more than 70 local artists as well as items that reflect the Museum’s collection and exhibitions. A live auction, led by auctioneer Ben Farrell, features one-of-a-kind experiences, works of art, and other exclusive packages.

Part of the night is dedicated to “Fund the Future,” a special paddle raise that invites attendees to offer donations for the Museum’s education department, exhibitions, and other programming. The event also includes hors d’oeuvres, a full bar, and a signature cocktail, all catered by the Museum’s Iris restaurant, as well as a DJ. Visitors to the Museum can view all auction items during the Auction Preview Party on May 17, 2013, free to the public, during which winners of a juried competition will be announced. The items will be on display until the auction on June 8, 2013. One work of art will be chosen by distinguished Asheville, NC, artist Hoss Haley as Best in Show, earning $3,000 and inclusion in the live auction. Two additional cash prizes will be awarded to artists whose work the jurors consider exceptional.

Highlights of the silent and live auctions include:

Weddings and events

Auction attendees can bid on the Matrimonial Masterpiece, a wedding ceremony and reception package at the NCMA. The turnkey wedding event, which can also be used for a corporate or other event at the Museum, includes bar service, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a custom wedding cake, a floral package, linens, DJ, and planning services.

Food and wine experiences

“A Fine Wine Takes Time,” an at-home wine-tasting party for up to 12 people, features a Wine Authorities expert along with artisan cheeses, salami, olives, crackers, and eight wines to sample.

Winners of the “Plein-Air Romance” package are invited to a romantic dinner for two in the secluded North Courtyard at the NCMA with a three-course meal provided by Iris restaurant.

Those with a sweet tooth can bid on “Let Them Eat Art!”, a two-tier cake, custom designed and hand painted by NCMA Executive Pastry Chef Jennifer Hicks, that serves up to 20 people.

The “Twilight Dinner Party and Tour” for 10 with Larry Wheeler package is a private evening hosted by Museum Director Larry Wheeler with a sunset cocktail hour in the Rodin sculpture garden, a personalized tour, and a three-course dinner.

The Travel category, below, has details on a wine-tasting trip to Napa Valley.

Luxury fashion items

Bidders can win four tickets and backstage passes to the Wes Gordon Fashion Show during New York Fashion Week. This is Wes Gordon’s first runway show, and tickets are not for sale to the public.

Fashion lovers can also bid on two tickets to the Raleigh Denim Presentation at New York Fashion Week, which includes a sneak peek backstage. The winner also receives two pairs of Raleigh Denim jeans.

Other fashion items include custom-designed fashion pieces from Raleigh Fashion Worx designers, a Holly Aiken bag, and jewelry designed by William Travis.

Porsche items and experiences: Several auction experiences, items, and packages relate to the Museum’s upcoming exhibition Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed.

Attendees can bid on a Virginia International Raceway (VIR) membership, which includes a $3,000 initiation fee and full year of monthly dues, or a VIR package, which includes dinner for two, a spa experience, one night’s lodging, and VIR box seats.

Those interested in classic rock and roll can bid on an exclusive viewing of the installation of Janis Joplin’s iconic Porsche in the Museum’s West Building for the Porsche by Design exhibition.

Other Porsche items include a Porsche 917 Salzburg Chronograph Limited Edition Watch and a boudoir photo shoot with a Porsche automobile with Story Photographers.

Arts, crafts, and architecture items and experiences

Exclusive tours of several local artists’ studios—potter Mark Hewitt, painter Page Laughlin, and mixed-media artist Stacy Lynn Waddell—are up for bid, along with a pot by award-winning potter Ben Owen III.

Shen Wei, of Shen Wei Dance Arts, selected and signed a one-of-a-kind abstract painting created by dancers during performances last summer at the Museum (The Art of Shen Wei).

Attendees interested in architecture may bid on “Allure of Architecture”, an overnight trip to South Carolina’s Auldbrass Plantation, which was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is open to the public only two days every two years.

Over 75 other works of art are up for bid, including works by Ben Galata, Annie Wharton, and John Rosenthal, as well as the juried “Best of Show” winning work. Participating artists include: Sampada Agarwal, Katherine Armacost, Harriet Bellows, Carson Boone, Elke Brand, Kristalyn Bunyan, Jarrett Burch, Jean Chevalier, Jen Coon, Annie Cramer, Heather Evans Smith, James Fanjoy Labrenz, Kiki Farish, Madlyn Ferraro, Melinda Fine, Anne Fiske, Ross Ford, Paul Gala, Andrew Giovinazzo, Jillian Goldberg, Jim Haberman, Murry Handler, KG Hunter, Bailey Hurt, Jose Jimenez, Isaiah Johnson, Natasha Johnson, Gregg Kemp, Joyce Watkins King, Trish Klenow, Billie Mann, Carolyn Martens, Suellen McCrary, Gail H. McIntosh, Trena McNabb, Kelsey Melville, Jean Gray Mohs, Wendy Musser, Thu Nguyen, Constance Pappalardo, Madonna Phillips, Holden Richards, Karen Rose, Eric Saunders, Laura Sellers, Jonathan Sherrill, Julia Silbermann, Julia Staples, Russell Trent, Barbara Tyroler, Saksit Usawanatsakun, David Vanderlaan, Jessica C. White, Danielle Suhrland Wilcox, Dall Wilson, Angela Zappala, Giuseppe Zappala, Andre Rain, Brendan Dacey, Jimmy Black, TRUE David, Paris Alexander, Ivey Blair, Tiffany Coley, Mark Gordon, Phil Hathcock, Scott Hazard, Renee Leverty, Carol S. McReynolds, Nancy Raasch, Eric Serritella, Madelyn Smoak, Renee Snell, Alison Sobel-Read, Scott Stockdale, Sarah Tector, Dina Wilde-Ramsing, Phil Morgan, Ben Owen III, Ben Galata, Matt Christie, William Travis, Shen Wei Dancers, Annie Wharton, John Rosenthal,  Zac Schel, Keely Cansler, and Anthony Wilson.

Music experiences: The auction includes a selection of music-themed experiences and parties, many with a special catered meal.

“Bluegrass and Barbecue” is a dinner-music combo for up to 25 guests, featuring a picnic-style gourmet barbecue spread, local beer, wine pairings, and a live bluegrass performance by the Hey Brothers.

Winners of the “Concert Cookout” can enjoy a summer evening on the VIP patio at the Museum Park Theater while watching a movie-music combo (Dale Watson concert followed by Bernie or Lost Bayou Ramblers concert followed by Beasts of the Southern Wild) and eating an Iris-catered cookout dinner.

Travel experience: An unforgettable travel experience is up for bid during the live auction.

The winner of “The Art of the Vine” receives a stay at Meadowood Napa Valley resort, wine tastings and tours at Ma(i)sonry manor and other wineries, a bottle of wine, and a luxury stay at the Ritz-Carlton San Francisco.

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 in 2010, home to the permanent collection. 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 call the Museum at  919/839-6262 or visit (www.ncartmuseum.org).

Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, Offers Installation Events Beginning Apr. 19 and 20, 2013

April 3, 2013

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Penland School of Crafts in Penland, NC, will have two events marking the opening of a group of four art installations on the Penland campus. The installations are the work of Dan Bailey, Alison Collins, Kyoung Ae Cho, and Anne Lemanski, and they are part of a project called “0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art,” which is a collaboration between Penland School and the North Carolina Museum of Art. The opening events will include a evening slide lecture on Apr. 19 and an afternoon walking tour on Apr. 20, 2013.

On Friday, Apr. 19, the four artists will each make a short slide presentation about their work. They will be joined by Linda Dougherty, the museum’s chief curator and curator of contemporary art, who will give an overview of the project. This event will take place in the Northlight building at Penland at 8pm. On Saturday, Apr. 20 there will be a walking tour of the four installations beginning at 1:30pm. Penland’s director, Jean McLaughlin, will make some introductory remarks at the Pines Portico and then each of the four artists will speak when the group visits their installation. The installations will remain on view through Aug. 31, 2013.

Filmmaker, animator, and photographer Dan Bailey has created a two-part work using time-lapse and low-altitude aerial balloon photography. “Looking Up” is a slow-moving time-lapse video of the sky over Penland. The vantage point is reversed in “Looking Down”, a large printed wall piece that is a collage of photographs of the campus made over many months using a camera attached to a helium balloon.

Alison Collins’s “Temps Perdu” will fill the Dye Shed, a historic log structure at Penland, with hundreds of yards of muslin and hundreds of muslin leaves. On the yardage is text from Marcel Proust’s novel “In Search of Lost Time”. On the leaves are words that refer the things the artist herself has lost. The text is written using a dye Alison made from the rust that collected under some of her steel sculptures.

Anne Lemanski’s “Extirpated” is about animal species that once inhabited this region but have disappeared with no hope of return. The format of Lemanski’s piece is a series of clotheslines suspended between steel supports based on the contour of Kentucky long rifles. Hanging from the lines will be silhouette images of species that have disappeared from Mitchell County.

Kyoung Ae Cho’s “Shining Ground,” memorializes her discovery of mica the first time she visited Penland in 2000. The piece incorporates mica collected from the banks of the Toe River into vertical panels made of cloth, pins, and wood, which will be installed on the outside of the Northlight building. The piece is her attempt to recapture, many years later, the moment of quiet surprise when she first saw the ground covered with the sheen of mica sand.

The other component of the “0 to 60” project is a major exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC. The exhibition, which is open now and runs through Aug. 11, 2013, includes work by the four installation artists along with twenty-eight other artists, many of whom have connections to Penland. This exhibition engages the viewer in an experiential and conceptual journey through time, looking at how time can be used as form, content, and material, and how art is used to represent, evoke, manipulate, or transform time.

For information about the Penland installations and the events on April 19 and 20, call 828/765-2359 or visit (www.penland.org/0to60). For information about the exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art, visit (www.ncartmuseum.org/exhibitions). Penland School of Crafts is located just off Penland Road, near Spruce Pine in Mitchell County, North Carolina

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education dedicated to helping people live creative lives. Located in Western North Carolina, Penland offers workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing and painting, glass, iron, metals, printmaking and letterpress, photography, textiles, and wood. The school also sponsors artists’ residencies, an outreach program, and a gallery and visitors center. Penland is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution which receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

For further information call Robin Dreyer at 828/765-0433 or visit (www.penland.org).


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