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Introduction to Golden Mummies of Egypt
The NCMA's first exhibition featuring mummies takes visitors on a fascinating tour of a little-known era in ancient Egypt, a time when multiculturalism reigned. Curator Caroline Rocheleau explains.
Nature’s Art in the Museum Park
Our observant ranger keeps an eye on what the wildlife is up to in the Museum Park.
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Tears for Lucretia

Let me be frank. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t seen it happen more than once. Someone moved to tears by a painting? Yeah, right! But it’s true. Lucretia, depicting a bleeding, heartbroken, dying figure, is obviously a tearjerker. We’re seeing it in the galleries quite frequently. One visitor’s sobs prompted a guard to ask if she needed assistance; another’s pacing in front of the painting was sad and intense; a pair of women in conversation on a nearby bench, tearful, emotional. I’m a guy. Honestly, I don’t get it. However, I do get that the ability to pull powerful emotions with strokes of a paintbrush is real genius.

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Masters among Us

For our first juried college art exhibition, accompanying Rembrandt in America, NCMA educators collaborated with a curatorial class at UNC–Chapel Hill…

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New in the American Galleries: George Bellows

Painted in 1916 during a summer in Maine, Dock Builders depicts the hard laboring lives of Down East people.

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Revisiting the Thing in the Window

I shared my frustration at not being able to identify the curiously shaped “thing in the window.” A number of readers offered suggestions.  I side with those who think it was a plant, perhaps a potted something-or-other that has bent toward the sunlight streaming in the window.  But what kind of potted plant?

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Contemporary Art in North Carolina

Start here at the NCMA, of course, but then explore Durham, Greensboro, and Winston-Salem for some of the best contemporary art in America…

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The Valentiner Files: Art and Nature

A man of many lives, NCMA founding director William R. Valentiner wrote about art as both a scholar and a poet.

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The World’s Most Expensive Book

Sotheby’s recently auctioned a complete set of Audubon’s original Birds of America for eight figures. North Carolina got a much better deal…

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A Blissful Disregard of Drama

American sculptor Paul Manship specialized in subjects inspired by classical mythology, which he treated in a sleek, graceful style…

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The Contemporary Art Whirl

Our curator of contemporary art is always looking for potential acquisitions for the permanent collection and ideas for exhibitions…

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