Thursday, January 14, 2021
In the decade after World War II, North Carolina surprised art critics around the world when it appropriated over $1.5M in public funds to create a state art collection and museum for its four million citizens. Lyle Humphrey, associate curator of European art and collections history, tells the story of the NCMA’s founding and development between 1946 and 1960, including its purchase of an eye-popping core collection, early stewardship under a veteran museum director, Wilhelm R. Valentiner, and cultivation of a nationally significant donation from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. This lecture is presented in concert with the exhibition Miracle on Morgan Street: The Foundations of the NCMA, 1947–1960.
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