NC State’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design, at 1903 Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, is open to the public and free to visit. Free parking is available adjacent to the building.
- Monday: closed
- Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Wednesday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Thursday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. first Friday of month for First Fridays)
- Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Upcoming events at Gregg Museum
Here are some of the upcoming events at Gregg Museum. These are free and open to the public.
See more events on Gregg Museum’s programs page.
Opening reception for Southern Surreal — Masterpiece Furniture by Tilden Stone
Thursday, March 21st, 209
Enjoy refreshments while Rick Ramseur, great-nephew of North Carolina’s grand eccentric master furniture maker Tilden Stone, presents a magic show and musical saw performance in tandem with his spritely sidekick Myra.
Film: Milking the Rhino
Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Thompson Studio Theater, Thompson Hall,
2241 Dunne Avenue, Raleigh
David E. Simpson’s examination of “the collision of ancient ways with Western expectations. MILKING THE RHINO tells intimate, hopeful and heartbreaking stories of people facing deep cultural change.” The film tells of the contrast between Western idealistic conservation and the subsequent realities for the local people. (Please note location: Thompson Studio Theater, in Thompson Hall.)
Eco-Film Series screening of Ghost Bird
Thursday, April 4th, 2019
With renowned documentary film director and producer Scott Crocker. Q&A to follow. This non-fiction feature documents the search for the Holy Grail of birding, the giant Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, long believed to be extinct. Crocker’s award-winning films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and at film festivals and exhibitions around the world.
Film: Cane Toads: An Unnatural History
Friday, April 5th, 2019
This film by Mark Lewis is a study of the cane toad, introduced into Australia in 1935 to control a beetle infestation that was destroying the country’s sugar cane fields. The cane toad ate the beetles — and everything else.
Yoga in the Garden
Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Class led by our Hillsborough Street neighbors, the Alexander Family YMCA. Bring a mat or beach towel and enjoy the surrounding beauty and serenity of your practice.
Flor de Toloache Mariachi
Friday, April 12th, 2019
In conjunction with NC State LIVE and Susan Harbage Page’s Borderlands, enjoy music and conversation with Grammy-Award-winning musicians who are changing the contemporary mariachi music scene. This free event is a preview of their concert performance in Stewart Theatre on Saturday, April 13.
Interactive Light Installation in the Garden
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Join artist Jaclyn Bowie for an immersive and collaborative project that will be projected on the exterior walls of the Gregg Museum. The projections will be inspired by the museum’s spring exhibitions and the natural surroundings of the surrounding pollinator garden. Bowie develops narratives with audiences and translates them into interdisciplinary works and exhibitions including performance, film, and illustration.
Current exhibitions at Gregg Museum
Rural Avant-Garde: The Mountain Lake Experience
Adams and Woodson Galleries
August 23-December 30, 2018
Painting with fire, dancing in ink, or exploiting decomposition, artists such as composer John Cage, choreographer Merce Cunningham, poet/ceramicist M.C. Richards, photographer Sally Mann came to Virginia’s Mountain Lake for a series of art experiments involving scientists, scholars, and local folks. Other participants included visionary Howard Finster; Japanese sculptor Jiro Okura; official New York waste management artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles; East Harlem street artist James De La Vega; Zen scholar Stephen Addiss; and painter Ray Kass. Organized by the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts at Longwood University, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Vernon Pratt: All the Possibilities of Sixteen
October 11 2018 – February 10, 2019
All the Possibilities of Filling in Sixteenths (65,536) is Pratt’s most ambitious piece. Beginning in February 1980, he completed the first 78 of its 256 panels during a sabbatical, while working in a small studio on 115th Street in New York City. The rest were painted in Durham, with the last panel finished at 3:30 PM on October 20, 1982. The exhibition is the first complete showing of this massive 256-panel work centering around Pratt’s interest in systems and their variations, permutations, and the rhythms and harmonies within. At 18 feet high and 110 feet wide, it is the largest and most complex work of Pratt’s ever exhibited, and has been called his “magnum opus” by Gregg Museum director Roger Manley. Never assembled before, it has been hidden for 36 years and is presented only now for the very first time.
Born in Durham, NC, in 1940, Vernon Pratt attended Duke University for two years before transferring to the San Francisco Art Institute to finish his B.F.A. and M.F.A. In 1964, he returned to teach drawing and painting at Duke, where he was soon recognized as an Outstanding Professor.
Along with exhibiting his visual art throughout North America and Europe, Pratt also pursued a parallel career as a jazz musician, performing on saxophone and flute with Brother Yusuf Salim and others. He established a studio in a downtown Durham loft that became a favorite hangout, performance space, and informal salon for the area’s then small but rapidly growing community of artists and musicians.
Pratt’s life was cut short by a bike accident on December 14, 1999, five days after his 59th birthday. He died two months later, leaving behind a studio filled with thousands of enigmatic paintings and sculptures that trace his development from early figurative naturalism that employed broad strokes and bright colors, to a mature style involving an approach he called “systematic abstraction.” These latter works were rendered in subtle gradations of black, white, and shades of gray or else as progressions in pure black and white, applied in patterns determined by mathematical formulas.
The exhibition will also feature an original composition, “Denominators” by Rich Holly, Arts NC State’s Executive Director, based on Pratt’s examinations of jazz music and mathematics.
The Gregg Museum’s permanent collection has included self-taught art (sometimes called “art-brut,” “outsider art” or “visionary folk art”) for more than thirty years, and now includes more than 550 examples. Many of the pieces in this exhibition were originally acquired by Robert Lynch, a Native American (Haliwa-Saponi) attorney who grew up near Enfield, NC, and attended UNC and Harvard Law School before moving to New York City to work with the Dance Theater of Harlem. In 1975 Lynch returned to North Carolina to live in his childhood home, write poetry, and begin studying and collecting self-taught art. Shortly before his death (of AIDS, in 1989, at age 42), he sold most of his collection to North Carolina Wesleyan College to help defray his medical expenses. NC Wesleyan transferred the Lynch Collection to the Gregg Museum in 2015.
Many of the artists featured in this exhibition responded to hardship and trauma by making art. After something traumatic happened, they began making things, and soon discovered the act of being creative somehow helped them overcome their difficulties. Since the process is, at least to start with, pursued only for their own satisfaction, they hardly cared if the results looked “professional” or were achieved with typical art supplies like oil paints and sable brushes. The impulse to get busy and just do something was insistently immediate and wholly personal. They reached for the closest, most readily-accessible, and most affordable materials at hand, and simply began, even though they may have had no visual art training or formal education. Often it didn’t even occur to them they were making art until someone else called it that, yet the urge they responded to—the urge to make something that facilitates continued existence—is one of the defining characteristics of what makes us human.
More upcoming art events in the Triangle
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