Not a member? We bet more than a few of these will still ring true.
1. You know the Museum has a Mona Lisa.
Devorah Sperber, After the Mona Lisa 2, 2005, 5,184 spools of thread provided by Coats and Clark, stainless steel hanging apparatus, aluminum ball chain, acrylic sphere, and metal stand, spools of thread: 85 x 87 in., Gift of the North Carolina Museum of Art Contemporaries
2. You’ve had serious flower arrangement envy since Art in Bloom.
Seriously. Succulents and cacti are hard enough. But don’t worry: we’re bringing back Art in Bloom in 2016, so you’ll have plenty of inspiration for your own home and garden. Save the dates for April 7–10, 2016.
3. You’ve Instagrammed (or tweeted, Facebooked, or even Polaroid-ed!) a photo of the rings in the Museum Park.
In news feeds full of engagement and teething rings, you can always count on Thomas Sayre's Gyre to get some likes. Pro tip: Cloudy days can make for even more dramatic pictures while you’re walking or biking the Park trails.
4. You know your favorite spot for outdoor movies and concerts, and can be gate to picnic blanket in 15 seconds flat.
You also know you can bring in your own picnic, blankets, and lawn chairs.
5. You refer to East Building as the old building.
Old habits die hard. Before West Building opened its doors in 2010 and added 127,000 square feet of gallery space to the Museum campus, the permanent collection and exhibitions were housed in what’s now known as East Building. It now houses education programs, special exhibitions, and more.
6. You've gotten chills when looking at that haunting gold sculpture by Michael Richards.
Michael Richards, Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian, 1999, body cast in resin and Fiberglas, painted, and supported by steel shaft, with airplanes cast in resin and Fiberglas, painted, and attached by steel bolts, H. 81 x W. 30 x D. 22 in., On loan from the estate of the artist
Tar Baby vs. St. Sebastian commemorates the Tuskegee Airmen, African American pilots whose heroic contributions to World War II were recognized only in the past few decades. The work itself, in effect a self-portrait, now seems an eerie foretelling of the artist’s death. Richards was a victim of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001—his studio was on the 92nd floor of Tower One. The sculpture was feared to be lost in the wreckage, as it was not found in the remains of the artist’s studio, or at his home. Only later was it revealed to be stored in a relative’s garage outside of New York City.
7. You’ve seen the Rodin Garden in every season—even on North Carolina “snow days” without any snow.
Because it’s not officially spring until the water lilies bloom.
8. You have a favorite Monet at the Museum.
Claude Monet, The Seine at Giverny, Morning Mists, 1897, oil on canvas, 35 x 36 in., Purchased with funds from the Sarah Graham Kenan Foundation and the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)
It took a lot of thought and debate, but you finally settled on The Seine at Giverny, Morning Mists. But then you changed your mind to The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset. But now you’re pretty sure it’s The Seine at Giverny, Morning Mists. Or maybe…
Claude Monet, The Cliff, Étretat, Sunset, 1882–83, oil on canvas, 23 13/16 x 32 3/16 in., Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina
9. You know the proper pronunciations of Goicolea and El Anatsui.
Don’t worry, we won’t tell your secrets. The benches, by Greensboro, N.C., artist Jim Gallucci, are linked by a hidden sound pipe and allow visitors to whisper messages back and forth while sitting on opposite sides of the Museum Park path.
Karlie Marlowe is director of marketing and visitor services at the NCMA.
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