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NC Museum of Art Events for July/August 2013

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Reveal: Portraits by Carrie Levy
East Building, Level A
July 21, 2013–January 26, 2014

Carrie Levy’s portraits reveal everything and nothing at the same time. This solo exhibition features photographs selected from several series Levy created over the past decade and a half. Vulnerable, disquieting, and unsettling, her portraits explore the politics of representation: the gaze of the photographer and the subject of the gaze.

Outsiders: Facing the Camera
Julian T. Baker Jr. Gallery
July 21, 2013–January 26, 2014

This exhibition brings together works from the North Carolina Museum of Art’s permanent collection that examine the forms of “otherness.” Perhaps through an expression, a posture, or a feeling, these photographs document subjects who are, in some way, detached.

Close to Home: A Decade of Acquisitions
North Carolina Gallery
August 18, 2013–February 9, 2014

As the preeminent art institution of North Carolina, the NCMA is firmly committed to presenting and promoting the work of artists from our state. Close to Home: A Decade of Acquisitions includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media works acquired by the Museum in the last 10 years. The exhibition features work by well-known favorites such as Bob Trotman, Beverly McIver, and George Bireline alongside brand-new works on view for the first time by artists such as Linda Foard Roberts, John Rosenthal, Peter Glenn Oakley, and Anne Lemanski.

Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum
On view in various galleries through February 7, 2014

In the West Building the Museum presents a series of loans selected by NCMA Curator of European Art David Steel from the Chrysler Museum in Virginia. Interspersed throughout the galleries, 18th- and 19th-century paintings and sculptures by such masters as Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Francesco Bertos, Mary Cassatt, and Auguste Rodin are strategically installed next to related works in the NCMA’s permanent collection, inspiring dialogue among the works.

0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art
Through August 11, 2013

0 to 60: The Experience of Time through Contemporary Art, co-organized by the NCMA and Penland School of Crafts, highlights a current trend in contemporary art: exploring the intersection of time and art by artists who employ innovative and experimental techniques.

Dwelling: Interiors by Page H. Laughlin and Pamela Pecchio
North Carolina Gallery
Through July 28, 2013

Dwelling: Interiors by Page H. Laughlin and Pamela Pecchio, an exhibition of photographs and paintings by two contemporary artists, examines and compares the investigations of interior spaces in each artist’s recent body of work. Showing Pecchio’s Habitation series alongside Laughlin’s works based on design magazines reveals strikingly similar themes and aesthetics, though the artists are working separately and in different mediums. The dialogue created between these works further enriches them, drawing visitors into a new conversation about the variations of depicting domestic interiors and the underlying tensions in such imaginings.


Art in the Evening
Fridays, 5:30–8:30 pm
West Building

Experience the NCMA after dark. Share small plates with friends. Wander the galleries. Relax with a glass of wine and live music. Our lobby-turned-lounge in the new West Building is a great place to kick off the weekend!

Small plates and beverages, including wine, beer, and nonalcoholic options, are available for purchase.

Live music schedule:
July 5: The Beast
July 12: Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band
July 19: Sidecar Social Club
July 26: Peter Lamb and the Wolves
August 2: Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band
August 9: TBD
August 16: Sidecar Social Club
August 23: David Dyer and the Crooked Smile Band
August 30: Peter Lamb and the Wolves


Friday Night Sound Bites
Fridays, 6 pm and 7 pm
Free. No reservations necessary.
Meet at West Building Information Desk.

Join a Museum docent for a quick look at the works on loan from the Chrysler Museum. Explore the conversations and connections between these visitors and the NCMA’s own works in the European galleries.

Meet Your Museum Tour
Saturday, July 6 and Saturday, August 3 | 11 am and 2 pm
East Building Information Desk

With a 164-acre campus, two buildings, an amphitheater, a park, and several gardens, the NCMA offers much to see and do. This free guided tour introduces visitors to the Museum buildings, central Plaza, and related works of art. No reservations are necessary—meet at the East Building Information Desk.

Permanent Collection 101
Friday, July 19 and Friday, August 16 | 7 pm
West Building

Join Contemporaries members and their guests for a series of docent-led tours of the permanent collection. Meet us at the wine bar in West Building for a drink before touring one gallery in the collection. Preregistration required; call (919) 664-6851, or visit for more information.

Tour Themes
July 19: Rodin and Impressionism
August 16: Contemporary Art


“Masterworks from the Chrysler Museum”
Saturday, July 20 | 11 am
East Building, Museum Auditorium
$25 Members
$30 Nonmembers

Curator David Steel discusses works from the Chrysler Museum in Virginia that are on loan to the NCMA. Magnificent paintings and sculpture by Degas, Renoir, Cassatt, Rodin, and others offer an opportunity to enjoy masterpieces from two great institutions side by side. Steel speaks about his selection process, the history of each piece, and how the Chrysler collection enhances our own. The Chrysler works are on view in West Building through February 2, 2014.

The discussion continues over a lunch catered by Iris restaurant. Register at or call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923. Registration and payment for the combined program required by 4 pm on the Tuesday before the event.

Your French Summer | Humber Lecture: “Rodin’s Paris”
Friday, July 26 | 7 pm
East Building, Museum Auditorium
Free; ticket from Box Office required

Museum lecturer Joseph Covington talks about the extraordinary French sculptor Auguste Rodin. Learn how Rodin and Monet shaped the international art world and French culture. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Humber Lecture Endowment.

Your French Summer | “Armchair Travel Series: Three French Provinces”
Fridays, July 12, August 2, August 23 | 11 am–12:30 pm
East Building, Museum Auditorium
$20 Members (per class)
$45 Members (per 3-part series)
$25 Nonmembers (per class)
$60 Nonmembers (per 3-part series)
$15 optional French-inspired box lunch available (in addition to class fees)

Breathtakingly beautiful photographs, many taken by Museum lecturer Joseph Covington, transport you to historic and scenic France. Learn about the individual histories, landscapes, and art of Normandy, Burgundy, and Provence. Register at, or call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923.

Your French Summer | Sculpture Workshop with Paris Alexander: Dynamic Torsos
East Building, Studio 2
Saturday and Sunday, August 17 and 18 | 10 am–5 pm
$150 Members
$165 Nonmembers

Using the Museum’s Rodin collection as inspiration, award-winning sculptor Paris Alexander leads a two-day clay sculpting workshop. After an introduction to Rodin’s approach to figures, participants make clay studies in male and female form using live models. All supplies provided; a bag lunch is encouraged. Register at, or call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923.


MOVIE-MUSIC COMBO: Dale Watson and The Lonestars followed by screening of Bernie
Friday, July 12 | 7 pm; Movie starts at 9 pm
$18 ($13 Members) General admission
$9 Ages 7–18
Children 6 and under free

Honkytonk hero and country music maverick Watson, a member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame, is a key contributor to the soundtrack of this black comedy set in East Texas and starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine, and Matthew McConaughey. Iris restaurant serves Texas BBQ brisket and Texas beer.

The Duhks
Saturday, July 13 | 8 pm
$25 ($20 Members) Reserved
$18 ($13 Members) General admission
$9 Ages 7–18, General admission only
Children 6 and under free, General admission only

Inspired by Celtic and Appalachian stringband music, The Duhks perform a mix of contemporary, traditional, and original tunes with irresistible energy and musicianship.

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Saturday, August 3 | 8 pm
$45 ($40 Members) Reserved
$27 ($22 Members) General admission
$13.50 Ages 7–18, General admission only
Children 6 and under free, General admission only

Bruce Hornsby makes his first appearance at the NCMA on August 3 with his longtime bandmates the Noisemakers. The three-time Grammy-winning singer-pianist-composer and bandleader has tapped nearly every style of American popular music—folk, rock, jazz, bluegrass, classical, blues, and even electronica—and is sure to put on quite a show.

Tift Merritt
Saturday, August 17 | 8 pm
$30 ($25 Members) Reserved
$22 ($17 Members) General admission
$11 Ages 7–18
Children 6 and under free

North Carolina native Tift Merritt, whom All Music Guide calls “the Emmylou Harris of her generation,” recently released her fifth studio album, Traveling Alone, her most rewarding yet.

MOVIE-MUSIC COMBO: Lost Bayou Ramblers followed by screening of Beasts of the Southern Wild
Saturday, August 24 | 7 pm
$18 ($13 Members) General admission
$9 Ages 7–18
Children 6 and under free

A performance by Cajun-rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers is followed by a showing of the Oscar-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild, set in coastal Louisiana’s bayou country. The Lost Bayou Ramblers were key contributors to the movie’s soundtrack. Iris restaurant offers Hurricanes and po’ boys.


Picnics are welcome. Movie concessions are available for purchase, and beer and wine are sold before and during most shows. Admission is free with Museum membership, and parking is free for everyone. The entrance gate opens 90 minutes before showtime.

Visit or call the Box Office at (919) 715-5923.
Movies are free for Museum members, but a ticket from the Box Office is required.
$5 All others

Silver Linings Playbook
Friday, July 19 | 9 pm
(2012) Written and directed by David O. Russell. Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver. (122 min.) R

Pat (Cooper), freshly sprung from a mental institution after stalking his ex-wife, moves in with his anxious parents and connects with a beautiful, cranky neighbor. The four lead actors were all nominated for Oscars; Lawrence won for her fierce widow with a cockamamie ballroom dancing dream.

Saturday, July 20 | 9 pm
(2012) Directed by Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin. (120 min.) R

Oscar’s Best Picture is a rattling ride set in the Me Decade and channeling the paranoid thrillers of the 1970s. Based on a (once) little-known true story of six American embassy employees in Iran who avoided capture when the rest of the staff was taken hostage. The rescue is stage managed by a creative CIA agent with Hollywood connections.

Friday, July 26 | 9 pm
(2006) Directed by John Lasseter. Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman. (117 min.) G

Pixar’s blockbuster animation visits Radiator Springs, a tiny town full of people-less cars that are just like people. Hotshot Lightning McQueen is stranded in a forgotten burg along a blue highway and finds love and friendship among the small-town chassis.

American Graffiti
Saturday, July 27 | 9 pm
(1973) Written and directed by George Lucas. Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard, Paul Le Mat, Harrison Ford. (110 min.) PG

Two buddies spend a ’62 summer night cruising their old haunts, searching for milk shakes and the meaning of life. Set to the growl of Wolfman Jack’s radio show and revving engines, this is a masterpiece of American nostalgia.

Friday, August 2 | 9 pm
(2011) Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston, Albert Brooks. (100 min.) R (for strong, brutal, bloody violence)
Driver, a nameless loner in a white satin scorpion-embellished jacket, takes the wheel for an armed robbery to aid his true love, and predictably, things go awry. An homage to ’80s action movies by a Danish genre director (who won Best Director at Cannes),Drive is propulsive, brutal, and stylish.

Friday, August 9 | 9 pm
(1989) Directed by Edward Zwick. Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman. (122 min.) R

Union officer Robert Gould Shaw commands the first regiment of black soldiers recruited for the North in the Civil War and faces festering prejudices from all sides. Denzel Washington won his first Oscar; cinematography and sound were also honored. This meticulously researched and powerfully told story is one of the very best Civil War films.

Saturday, August 10 | 9 pm
(2012) Directed by Steven Spielberg. Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones. (150 min.) PG-13

Daniel Day-Lewis deservedly won an Oscar for his portrayal of a president so determined to do the right thing for the nation that he uses all the chicanery at his command. Tony Kushner’s passionate screenplay infuses a dry history lesson with all the juice of a rattling modern-day debate on the means to an end.

Moonrise Kingdom
Friday, August 16 | 8:30 pm
(2012) Written and directed by Wes Anderson. Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand. (94 min.) PG-13

In 1965 a pair of tween romantics reorient themselves along the New England coast, far from intruding adult authority. Anderson’s beautifully detailed universe is an irresistible mélange of visual splendor, aural pleasure (Benjamin Britten, Hank Williams, Françoise Hardy), and crackerjack acting.

Friday, August 23 | 8:30 pm
(1958) Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes. (128 min).

This is ostensibly a twisty mystery about a detective with a fear of heights, but its true subject is the hero’s pathological obsession with a dead woman. Recently elevated to the position of greatest film of all time in the prestigious Sight and Sound poll (displacing perennial favorite Citizen Kane), Vertigo has an inherent creepiness that deepens with each successive viewing. Novak’s erotic stillness allows both Scottie and the movie audience to read her face according to one’s own desires.


NCMA Book Club Discussion
Wednesday, June 5 | 6:30 pm
East Building
$10 Members
$13 Nonmembers
Includes light dinner

The Museum’s exhibition Dwelling: Interiors by Page H. Laughlin and Pamela Pecchio sparks the selection of the internationally acclaimed book Room by Dublin-born writer Emma Donoghue. Exhibition curator Jennifer Dasal delivers introductory remarks. To register call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923. Registration and payment required by 4 pm on Wednesday before the program.


Senior Sampler
Tuesdays, July 9, July 30, August 13, August 27
Session I: 10 am–12:30 pm
Session II (repeat): 1:30–4 pm
Tuesday, July 23: 10 am–4 pm (one-hour break; bring bag lunch and drink)
Meet in West Building Lobby
Fee charged; Registration required

Even if you’ve never picked up a paintbrush, now’s your chance to have fun engaging with art while taking a closer look at works in the Museum’s collection. Each class offers an informal gallery discussion paired with a studio experience. Supplies provided. To register call the Museum Box Office, (919) 715-5923.

July 9: One of a Kind
Explore color, line, shape, texture, and movement while using a spontaneous painterly method of making a monoprint, a one-of-a-kind print. Experiment with materials to enhance an additional “ghost image” print.

July 23: Portraits from the Past (Special Daylong Senior Sampler)
View various styles of portraits through the centuries, including European masterworks on loan
from the Chrysler Museum. Look at how artists use costume, pose, and setting as well as lighting effects to enhance the subject. Play with acrylic painting techniques while making a small self-portrait.

July 30: Working in Harmony
Study how artists organize line, shape, color, value, and texture in a composition to create a pleasing image and a recognizable style. Explore the visual effects of arranging and repeating these design elements in a painting.

August 13: Lost and Found
Take a closer look at the sculpture of Louise Nevelson, who transformed wood scraps and found objects into intriguing monochromatic wall pieces and monumental freestanding sculptures. Recycle the old into a new art form!

August 27: Summer Seascapes
Observe how artists have depicted water in its many conditions—from glassy stillness to crashing waves. Discover surprising effects as you use oil pastel and watercolor to make a serene or lively seascape.


Family Fun Saturday
Saturdays, June 8, June 22 | 10 am and 1 pm
East Building, Education Studio 2
Families with children ages 5–11
$3 Members
$5 Nonmembers

Gallery tour plus studio workshops for families. Kids and adults delight in exploring the Museum’s collection, creating projects together, and discovering one another’s creativity. Register online, by calling (919) 715-5923, or in person at the Museum Box Office.

July 13: Portraits in Your Pocket
Do you have a portrait in your pocket? If you have a coin or bill in there, you do! Design your own “currency” and examine the portrait on the $5 bill.

July 27: Shades and Shadows: Art of the Silhouette
Try your hand at making a silhouette, a popular form of American art in the 19th century. You’ll enjoy a trip to the galleries to discover how a contemporary artist used this traditional art form to create a “revolutionary” painting.

August 10: Animals of Ancient Egypt
From hawks and jackals to lowly beetles, animals were an important part of ancient Egyptian civilization; even the gods and goddesses were believed to take on animal forms. Explore some of these creatures in the Egyptian Galleries, and then return to the studio to create your own art worthy of King Tut’s tomb!

August 24: A Walk in the Park
Artists helped lead the movement to establish our nation’s first national parks. Take a “trip” to Yosemite’s Bridal Veil Falls in the American Galleries, and then venture outside to create your own masterpiece in the Museum Park.

Summer Drop-in Studio
Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21 | noon–3 pm
East Building, North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Gallery

Join us for a little hands-on art making time with the kids.

Summer Family Film Series
Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, 31; August 7, 14, 21 | 1 pm
East Building, Museum Auditorium
Free; ticket from Box Office required
Children ages 5 and up (Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult).

This series showcases new and classic live-action and animated films, with themes changing weekly. See for a complete listing. (Listing will be uploaded June 1.)

Summer Workshops for Teens (age 14–18)
$110 Members
$125 Nonmembers
Register through the Museum Box Office, online at, or by calling (919) 715-5923.

Behind the Lens: July 8–12, 9 am–noon
Dive deeper into understanding the technical aspects of photography with the Museum galleries and Park as subjects for your own photos. Open to all skill levels. Equipment provided.

Get Inked!: July 8–12, 1–4 pm
Discover the expressive power of the handmade linocut print. Explore traditional relief print techniques using linoleum blocks, cutting tools, ink, and paper to create bold, graphic images.

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About the North Carolina Museum of Art
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.

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