In September, the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) will open two special, free exhibitions. Featuring artists from across the state and around the world, the fall exhibitions explore themes related to the expansion of traditional museum collections and artistic creation. These exhibitions prefigure the highly anticipated and paying special exhibition “Alphonse Mucha: visionary of Art Nouveau”, which opens on October 23.
“’NC Artists Connections’ shows just how much talent is present in our community, while ‘Break the Mold’ showcases fascinating new approaches to traditional art making,” said Valerie Hillings, Museum Director. “Presented together, these exhibitions invite reflection and conversation around museums, community and traditions.”
“NC Artist Connections” opens Saturday September 4th. For decades, the NCMA has provided arts education, inspiration, and free access to its popular collection to generations of North Carolinians. For artists, the museum has been a particularly privileged place as a space for study and experimentation and as a guide for booming careers. In this exhibition, on display until February 13, 2022, the NCMA highlights three artists who present new and reimagined works of art with themes related to important works in the museum’s collection. By connecting the NCMA with local contemporary artists, the exhibit helps visitors discover the NCMA’s collection in new artists, including local creators, to explore connections to the museum’s collection and traditional arts while gaining a better understanding understanding of artists’ ongoing relationships with these works, as well as how the work of other artists relates to their practice.
“Break the Mold: New Takes on Traditional Art Making” opens Saturday, September 25 and features contemporary artists who use traditional modes of artistic creation and craftsmanship to address hot topics. Innovative approaches to embroidery, ceramics, quilting, furniture, interior design and fashion accessories explore various topics such as gender prejudices and inequalities, prison reform, racial justice, memory and loss, as well as the way objects convey and transform social and cultural aspects. the story.
This show features 25 contemporary artists including Sanford Biggers, Elizabeth Brim, Maria Britton, Julie Cockburn, Rodney McMillan, Rachel
Meginnes, Katy Mixon, Gabriel de la Mora, Yasumasa Morimura, Thomas Schmidt, Shinique
Smith and Do Ho Suh, whose works are on display alongside some of their historical predecessors.
The museum is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh.