RALEIGH — The North Carolina Museum of Art has opened two special exhibitions that are free to visit.
Featuring artists from around the state and around the world, the fall exhibitions explore themes related to the expansion of traditional museum collections and art making, according to NCMA. These exhibitions preface the highly anticipated, ticketed special exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary, opening Oct. 23.
“NC Artists Connections shows how deep the talent runs in our community, while Break the Mold presents fascinating new takes on traditional art making,” said Valerie Hillings, Museum director. “Presented together, these exhibitions invite reflection and conversations around museums, community, and traditions.”
NC Artist Connections: The Beautiful Project, Stephen Hayes, and Hồng-Ân Trương will be on display through Feb. 13. For decades the NCMA has provided art education, inspiration, and free access to its People’s Collection to generations of North Carolinians. For artists the Museum has been a space for study and experimentation and a guide for burgeoning careers.
In this exhibition, the NCMA highlights three artists who present new and reconceived works of art with themes that link to important works in the Museum collection. In connecting the NCMA to local contemporary artists, the exhibition helps visitors experience the NCMA’s collection in new ways while gaining a deeper understanding of the artists’ ongoing relationships to 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 Sept. 25, and showcases contemporary artists who use traditional modes of art making and crafting to tackle timely subject matter. Innovative takes on embroidery, ceramics, quilting, furniture, interior design, and fashion accessories serve to explore diverse topics such as gender assumptions and inequalities, prison reform, racial justice, memory, and loss, as well as how objects transmit and transform social and cultural history.
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 artworks are displayed alongside some of their historical predecessors.