Best of <em>Circa </em>2020

After a year of challenges, and reimagining community, the NCMA looks back at the most memorable posts of 2020.

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Goldsmiths at Work

Jewelry-making techniques include granulation, filigree, wire drawing, and more. Our video shows a contemporary goldsmith in his studio.

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Closing the Book on Bacchus

As we close the book on the seven-year-long Bacchus Conservation Project, we've collected some fabulous Bacchus activities in this blog post. Enjoy!

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Mysterious and Spooky

Our curator of horticulture and sustainability takes a look at some Museum Park residents with creepy reputations.

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<em>Leonardo Drew: Making Chaos Legible</em>

Chief Curator Linda Dougherty introduces the work of an explosive sculptor, a self-described "art addict" who can't do it without you.

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Black and White Gaze

NCMA curatorial intern Cammy Thomas takes museums to task, writing about why showcasing Black female artists is so important.

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Young Artists Exhibition Goes Virtual

The Museum committed to installing winning artworks from the Boys and Girls Clubs as an exhibition. Then came the pandemic and a new plan.

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Beauty, Complicity, Complexity

The story behind Senegalese gold jewelry, and the women who wore it in the 18th and 19th centuries, is layered with a history of oppression and empowerment.

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Style: The Language of Design

The first in a series of Circa posts in which NCMA curatorial intern Taylor Hunkins interprets African utilitarian objects as products of design.

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Bacchus after the Makeover

After years of conservation, Bacchus looks clean, restored, and pretty cool with his new arm and his head back on.

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The Art of Healing: Potent Pigments

The division of art from medicine is a modern concept. In the Middle Ages, the apothecary supplied the same materials to doctors, painters, and anyone in need of medicine.

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Art Advocacy: The Aesthetic of Solidarity

Do allies participate in oppressive systems that further marginalize the communities they attempt to support? Artists in the NCMA's collection pose a challenging question.

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