the Exhibition

Become part of the art. You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences, open April 7 through July 22, 2018.

Opening night, pull an all-nighter! The exhibition will be open all night long Saturday, April 7, starting with an Opening Party and Silent Disco from 8 pm to midnight. Special night owl programming is planned from midnight to 10 am. See related events below for tickets and details.

You Are Here features immersive art installations by 15 contemporary artists, including large-scale light works, sound installations, video works, mixed-media room-size environments, and site-specific projects. Some are delightfully low-tech, transforming ordinary materials into awe-inspiring visuals, while others make use of experimental new media, fusing art and technology in interactive works that change in response to the viewer. The artists in this exhibition employ a diversity of media to create intriguing experiences that engage the senses, activate the imagination, and provide connections between the viewer and the work of art.

You Are Here presents pioneering video, light, and sound installations by Bill Viola, James Turrell, Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, and Ragnar Kjartansson. Works by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Jim Campbell, and Theo Eshetu use experimental, cutting-edge technology; custom electronics; and digital media. Mixed-media installations by Anila Quayyum Agha, Soo Sunny Park, Mickalene Thomas, and Heather Gordon use low-tech, nontraditional materials. You Are Here also takes visitors outdoors in the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park to explore projects by OMAi/Markus Dorninger.

The artists featured in this exhibition create immersive, participatory, responsive, and dynamic works of art. Investigating perception, perspective, and interaction, they create engaging and transformative experiences for the viewer, encouraging visitors to roam— physically, visually, intellectually, emotionally, and metaphorically. This exhibition takes over an entire floor of the NCMA’s temporary exhibition galleries and also transforms the landscape in the Museum Park, creating a campus-wide presentation of contemporary experiential art. 

Images, top to bottom: Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections, 2013, laser-cut wood, lacquer paint, and light bulb, H. 78 x W. 78 x D. 78 in., Courtesy of the artist; Image © 2013 Rice Gallery, photo by Nash Baker. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, 1984x1984, 2015, computer, digital webcam, projector, and custom software, dimensions variable, Courtesy of the artist; Photograph: Antimodular Research. Bill Viola, The Crossing, 1996, video and sound installation, 13 ft. 2 in. x 9 ft. 5 in., 10:57 min.; © 2017 Bill Viola Studio LLC; Photograph: Alessandro Moggi, courtesy of the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi. 
Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.


Duke Energy
Duke Health
Calvin and Marisa Allen Foundation
Anne Allen Cheatham
Lizzie Cheatham McNairy and Charlie McNairy
Allen Thomas Jr.
Randy Shull and Hedy Fischer
The OMAi residency is generously supported by the Hartfield Foundation and Libby and Lee Buck            
the Art
The Art
  • Anila Quayyum Agha, Intersections
    View Gallery >
  • Jim Campbell, Eroding Wave
    View Gallery >
  • Janet Cardiff, Forty Part Motet
    View Gallery >
  • Olafur Eliasson, Sunset Kaleidoscope
    View Gallery >
  • Olafur Eliasson, Your Space Embracer
    View Gallery >
  • Theo Eshetu, Anima Mundi
    View Gallery >
  • Sam Falls, Untitled (Scales)
    View Gallery >
  • Bill Viola, The Crossing
    View Gallery >
the Video
your Visit
Plan Your Visit

North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607-6494
Get Directions
  • Hours
  • Opening weekend April 7, 10 am to 5 pm; April 7 all-nighter, 8:30 pm to 10 am; April 8, 10 am to 5 pm
  • Tuesday–Thursday 10 am–5 pm
  • Friday 10 am–9 pm
  • Saturday–Sunday 10 am–5 pm
  • Monday Closed
Tickets, Policies, and Tours Projection Art with OMAi In-Gallery Experiences Parking and Accessibility FAQs Shop, Dine, and Stay Press


On sale February 20 for members and March 6 for nonmembers.

$15 Adults
$12 Seniors (65+), military, groups of 10+
$9 Youth 7−18
$6 Youth group


Photography for personal use is permitted, except where noted otherwise. Share your photos using #NCMAhere and tagging @ncartmuseum. Tripods and video cameras are prohibited. Commercial photography/filming requires approval and may be subject to fees.


Because You Are Here is immersive and requires personal exploration of spaces, we are not offering tours of this exhibition. If you are bringing a group for a self-guided experience, please contact the assistant coordinator for tours or call (919) 664-6820 so that we may recommend a good day and time for your group’s reflective experience.

Two weeks of light graffiti, parties, and workshops featuring artist collective OMAi’s large-scale animated projections, including the events below. Check back for links to more information and tickets.

Night Bright Community Festivals, 6:30–11:00 pm

Themed light graffiti parties featuring digitally animated projections by Austrian artists OMAi. Fun for all ages with art making, local performers, musicians, and visual artists. After dark OMAi artists will project their creations on a wall of East Building. Food trucks and beverage tent open throughout.
Free (tickets required; tickets on sale April 17)

Become part of the art! Join in the fun and create an animated projection using OMAi’s Tagtool app on iPads. Each session lasts 10 minutes.
Ticketed (tickets on sale April 17)

May 17 | Underwater Love

May 18 | Magical Forest

May 24 | Space Is the Place

May 25 | The Incredible Machine

Family Day: Light Play

Free (tickets required)

May 19, 10 am-4 pm

Adult Workshops


May 15, 16, 22 and 23, 7–9 pm

Teen Workshops


May 26, 10 am–Noon and 2–4 pm


The OMAi residency is generously supported by the Hartfield Foundation and Libby and Lee Buck.

Pin it Down: Interactive Voting

Take a pin that best represents your answer to the question that will be rotated every two weeks.

Create Your Own Immersive Room

Use images from the NCMA collection to create your own immersive experience.

iPad Artist Interviews

Watch video interviews with various artists from You Are Here to learn about their processes and inspirations.  


Visitor parking is free and available in the Blue Ridge lot, on the right after entering the Museum drive. Overflow parking is behind West Building, on the left after entering the Museum drive. Visitor drop-off is located between West and East buildings and can be reached by turning left after entering the Museum drive and following the signs.


In addition to our general Museum accessibility, we are including additional accommodations for visitors to You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences.

For all visitors:

  • The exhibition guide alerts visitors about works with low light, bright or flashing light, or loud noise.

For visitors with low vision or who are blind:

  • Audio description is provided for 15 selected works in the exhibition.

  • A printed transcription of audio descriptions is available.

  • Wall labels throughout the exhibition use large-size text.

For visitors with hearing impairment or who are deaf:

  • Printed scripts are available for video content with dialogue (when appropriate).

For visitors sensitive to loud noises:

  • Noise cancellation headsets are available from the Box Office.

How long does it take to experience this exhibition?

Most visitors will likely spend about one to two hours in this exhibition.

What is the layout of the exhibition?

Check back for a map of the exhibition. Exhibition guides will also be given to visitors at the exhibition.

Is there a suggested route for experiencing You Are Here?

The exhibition guide shows a suggested route, but viewers are free to explore the exhibition in any order they choose.

Is there a restriction to how long I can spend in the exhibition? Can I enter and exit the exhibition more than once with my ticket?

While entry to the exhibition must be within the day on your ticket, you can spend as long in the exhibition as you like on the day. Most visitors will likely spend about one to two hours in the exhibition. You can enter and exit the exhibition on the same day listed on your ticket. If you’d like to return to further experience the exhibition on another day, a great option is to apply the price of your ticket toward a Museum membership, which allows for another free exhibition visit.

Is this exhibition suitable for children?

All ages can enjoy You Are Here.


The Exhibition Store is open during exhibition hours. Also visit the main Museum Store in West Building for fashion items, art books, beautiful artist-crafted jewelry, and educational toys, books, art kits, and games. There are items for every budget and all occasions.


The Museum offers two dining options: Iris, a full-service restaurant, and Sip, a casual coffee bar, both in West Building.

Iris, West Building
Iris is a sophisticated, full-service restaurant featuring contemporary American cuisine with regional and international flavors in a distinctly modern setting. Specializing in seasonal fare using many locally sourced ingredients, the Museum restaurant, led by chef Andy Hicks, features culinary works of art that showcase a complex culture of flavors. View the menu here.

Reservations for Iris are accepted and encouraged. Call (919) 664-6838.

11:30 am–2 pm

Iris After Dark
Friday 5:30–8:30 pm

Sunday 10:30 am–2:30 pm

Closed Mondays

Sip, West Building
Stop by our coffee bar for a quick pick-me-up. Featuring local Joe Van Gogh coffee, espresso-based drinks, tea, and pastries, Sip is next to the main Museum Store.

Tuesday–Sunday 10 am–4:30 pm
Closed Mondays


Homewood Suites, Raleigh Crabtree Valley (2.8 miles from NCMA)

Marriott Fairfield Inn & Suites, Courtyard, or Residence Inn, Raleigh Crabtree Valley (3.2 miles from NCMA)

Hyatt Place Raleigh West (3.7 miles from NCMA)

The Umstead Hotel and Spa (5 miles from NCMA)

Arrange group hotel accommodations or visits to other attractions in the Raleigh area through the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The NCMA communications team is happy to work with members of the press to coordinate media visits, arrange interviews and photo shoots, and provide high-res images. If you would like to schedule a visit or photo shoot, set up an interview with a curator, or request high-res images from the exhibition, please email or call Kat Harding, public relations manager, at (919) 664-6795. Links to press releases are below.

North Carolina Museum of Art Opens You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences in April 2018

View All Events

Become a Member

Join today and enhance your experience of all special exhibitions and our world-class collection with these exclusive benefits.


  • Free admission for all special ticketed exhibitions (plus 50% off any subsequent visits)
  • Exclusive Member Mondays during select ticketed exhibitions
  • Invitations to exhibition openings and other celebrations
  • Discount on summer concerts in the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park
  • Discount on NCMA Cinema tickets
  • Free admission to summer movies
  • 10% off purchases in the Museum Store
  • 10% off member's meals in Iris restaurant
  • FREE subscription to Preview calendar, a members-only publication
  • Members e-newsletter
2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, North Carolina 27607-6494
(919) 839-6262
Box Office: (919) 715-5923
Instagram Mail