The relocation to the NC Museum of Art resulted in changes to both the Old East Building and the New West Building. Here’s what you’ll find:
▪ 20th-21st century: These galleries bring together works from the early 1900s to the present day. The 20th Century collection focuses primarily on American painting, but also includes sculptures, photographs, prints, drawings, and works by artists from other parts of the world. The 21st Century Collection strives to present a global history of contemporary art with works in a wide variety of media by local, national and international artists.
▪ Conservation of works of art: This gallery showcases the study of art, science, history and technology as conservators share their understanding of the materials and techniques used to reconstruct and restore different types of objects. Rotating curatorial projects will be presented, highlighting how works of art are researched, analyzed and preserved. The first is Chris Drury’s “Cloud Chamber for the Trees and Sky”, which reopened this year at the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park after a long shelf life.
▪ American: This new installation tackles an evolving definition of American art and includes a variety of craft practices, decorative arts, printmaking and photography – media that have historically been more widely accessible to women, people of color , Indigenous makers and historically underrepresented groups in museums. For the first time, these galleries adjoin the museum’s Old American collection, recognizing the rich and innovative work created by cultures that flourished before European colonization in the 15th century.
▪ Former American: This gallery includes artifacts from 1150 BC to 1550 AD that cover a wide range of materials and functions and represent various cultures in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, Costa Rica and Peru. They include ceramic vessels, jewelry, statues, textiles and ritual objects from different periods and geographies.
▪ Audubon: The museum has one of 134 known complete sets of John James Audubon’s four-volume masterpiece “Birds of America,” which shaped the way we view birds and nature. In this new presentation, ornithologist and creative writer J. Drew Lanham examines these beautiful images in relation to Audubon’s place in art history.
▪ Courtyard and Garden Rodin: In 2009, the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation donated 30 sculptures to the museum, making it the repository of the largest Rodin collection in the southern United States. The collection includes works from all phases of Rodin’s career, representing the depth and breadth of his work.
▪ Sculpture courtyard: The reinstalled Sculpture Court features a more dynamic display of ancient marble carvings and Roman mosaic. The statue of Bacchus, recently the subject of a major conservation project, is presented for the first time alongside these sculptures and is accompanied by an interactive learning station.
▪ European: The museum’s European collection spans several centuries, from around 1150 to the early 1900s. The first three galleries explore art, society, and Catholic devotion in paintings from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. The successive galleries examine the impact of a new medium – printing – on art and culture between the end of the 15th and the beginning of the 16th century; collaborations between artists and patrons in the cities of Bologna and Venice; and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish art, exploring the effects of the Dutch War of Independence and the development of painting genres.
▪ Judaic: The Jewish Art Gallery was founded in 1983 by Abram Kanof, a scholar of Jewish art, to highlight the spiritual, cultural and aesthetic heritage of the Jewish people through works of ceremonial art. The works of art in this gallery span three centuries and four continents, embracing a variety of artistic forms and styles. Together, they testify to the power of these objects in the service of faith and the community.
▪ Ancient Greek, Italian and Roman: This collection spans over 3,000 years of history, showcasing antiquities associated with food and drink in the ancient Mediterranean, the lives of women in Greek and Roman society, religious practice in a Roman home, and burial traditions of various cultures in this part of the world. .
▪ Ancient Egyptian: Previously presented as two separate collections, this gallery is now linked to the African collection through a special thematic gallery titled “The Africa We Need to Know”. It celebrates that Africa is a continent where empires have flourished over millennia. Visitors can explore the continent and learn about its people through interactive maps of trade routes and African kingdoms.
▪ African: Previously in the East building, this collection presents the arts of Africa and its many diasporas in a new way. Highlighting a dynamically connected continent, they include the arts of resistance and resilience, the skillful works of named artists, and the power of writing and speaking. They also include arts that reflect a spirit of individuality in the era of African independence; contemporary responses to African art histories and personal adornment, dress and design.
▪ Thematic gallery: In this new cross-collection gallery called “The Arts”, the wide range of arts will be presented through a variety of media, including moving images to foster understanding of creativity in new and vital ways. As museums continue to rethink what can be shown or expressed inside galleries, the integration of diverse art forms, including dance, music, theater and poetry, plays a key role in reinventing the museum experience.
▪ NCMA Cafe: Restaurant with a coffee bar, sandwiches and hot dishes such as shrimp and grits and fried chicken. Opening soon.
▪ Contemporary: The museum’s contemporary art collection has given way to African art, now housed in the West Building.
▪ Portraits and Power: A new gallery that juxtaposes historical and contemporary portraits to show the power they convey.
Source: North Carolina Art Museum
This story was originally published October 4, 2022 06:00.