NC Museum of Art, at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh, is re-opening again on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020.
It will still be free to visit, but you’ll need timed tickets. The hours during this time will be Wednesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
You can reserve your timed ticket in advance here. Tickets are also available at both buildings of the museum. Cash is not accepted.
The Museum will continue to offer virtual events, which you can experience from home.
You can see all the virtual events here. Below are a few of them. Please follow the links, below, for each event, for full information and for registration.
Virtual Bacchus Scholars Day
Saturday, September 12th, 2020
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free, but registration is required
Bacchus Scholars Day brings together the curator, conservator, classicist, art historians, geoarchaeologist, scientist, engineer, 3-D specialist, and artist who contributed to the scholarly study, scientific analysis, restoration, and conservation of the NCMA’s Statue of Bacchus. Sign up for this webinar to discover how science and new technologies came to the rescue of a work of art.
Established in 2013, the Bacchus Conservation Project is a multidisciplinary endeavor centered on the patchwork Statue of Bacchus, at whose core is a rare 2nd-century Roman torso. In the 1960s experts advocated for the complete derestoration of the statue to display this rare antiquity; after the statue was partially disassembled in the 1980s, Bacchus languished in storage until the beginning of the new millennium. Through multidisciplinary research, the project’s aim was to display Bacchus in a meaningful way that acknowledges the statue’s complex history and make the sculpture identifiable as the Roman god of wine once again.
Join us as Dreamroot performs virtually from the North Carolina Museum of Art! This quintet from Durham, North Carolina, uses music as an agent for healing—for themselves and for others—as they create music as a refuge from chronic illness, racism, hatred, and the struggles of living in the 21st century. Dreamroot classifies itself as political jazz and neo-soul, drawing from elements of the music cultures of Africa and Europe. The collective includes bassist Ittai Korman, drummer Theous Jones, saxophonist and poet Serena Wiley, keyboardist and producer Joe MacPhail, and Grammy-nominated trumpeter Lynn Grissett.
Dreamroot’s recent release, Phases, is an emotional and provocative exploration of healing through personal and collective creation of genre-defying music. Phases simultaneously grooves and contemplates the reality of the modern age as it draws inspiration from those icons who have walked the lines between genres.
Mindful Museum: Virtual Slow Art Appreciation
Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Free, but registration is required (See above link)
Slow art is a growing movement to mindfully observe and appreciate art. This hourlong virtual program guides you through centering techniques and a breathing practice followed by an intentional observation of Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian with guest facilitator Kyma Lassiter of the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission.
Sharing and discussion are encouraged. This is a great practice to calm the mind and experience art in a deeper way. For ages 16 and up.
For questions on the content of this program, email Bryanne Senor.
How to prepare for this program:
- You are welcome to participate as much or as little you like. Though discussion and social interaction are main intentions of this program, it is fine if you prefer to have your mic and video turned off throughout. Please also be considerate of your fellow participants.
- Choose a quiet space with minimal distractions. Feel free to create as comfortable and calming of an area as you like. Sit in a supportive chair, dim the lights, or light a candle.
- While you can use a smartphone to join, for an optimal experience we recommend using a desktop, laptop, or tablet so that you can see slides and meeting tools on a larger screen.
- Log on a few minutes early to get familiar with the view options, chat box, and other functions.
- We’ll call on and identify participants by whatever name appears on their Zoom account.
- Use headphones and microphone for best sound quality, and silence alerts from nearby devices.
Dreaming in Color: Liberation Station Virtual Storytime
Friday, September 18th, 2020
The third Friday of each month, tune in for stories from the beautiful NCMA galleries. Victoria Scott-Miller of Liberation Station bookstore offers a series of readings and book recommendations for young people and their families, using art and literature to build bridges. These recorded videos will be added to the event page at 9 am and will remain accessible on the NCMA YouTube channel.
Scott-Miller says, “Our Dreaming in Color series was created to represent and celebrate the vastness of Black culture and innovation while highlighting narratives such as joy, community, tradition, and leadership. Our selections unearth identifiable childhood experiences as a connecting point to explore with the authors, illustrators, and children who hold us accountable to share these stories . . . Dreaming in Color teaches us how to exist everywhere, how to take up as much room as possible; boldly and unapologetically.”
Virtual Humber Lecture: Leonardo Drew
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020
Free, but registration is required (see above link)
Contemporary artist Leonardo Drew creates dynamic, abstract sculptures and installations that expand into their surroundings. His work defies gravity, disrupting normal conventions of time and space and conveys a feeling of barely contained energy. “I think of it as making chaos legible,” Drew says. In this virtual lecture, Drew discusses work from his career and his intent for it to be a mirror for viewers, reflecting their individual experiences.
Leonardo Drew’s Museum Park installation City in the Grass and solo gallery exhibition Making Chaos Legible at the NCMA are made possible by the generous support of the Hartfield Foundation and Libby and Lee Buck. Exhibition support is also provided by the Leonardo Drew Exhibition Leadership Committee: Pamela J. Joyner and Alfred J. Giuffrida, Talley Dunn Gallery, Galerie Lelong & Co., Anthony Meier Fine Arts, Lawrence J. Wheeler and Donald Doskey, Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer, Chandra and Jimmie Johnson, and Dr. Carlos Garcia-Velez and Dr. W. Kent Davis.
Tours at North Carolina Museum of Art
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