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We’re reimagining the People’s Collection, and your favorites may be on the move. If you’re visiting to see a particular object, please email help@ncartmuseum.org to confirm it’s on view. Staff will respond as soon as possible during gallery hours, Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm.

Our Judaic, Rodin, Italian, Dutch and Renaissance, and Modern and Contemporary galleries will remain on view through May 29, 2022, along with a selection of works from the African arts collection. West Building will then close to the public, reopening October 8, 2022. Learn more about this exciting reinstallation project and related reopening celebrations. 

Recent Acquisitions

The collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art is dynamic and growing under the guidance of a dedicated staff of curators. The curators, possessing a deep knowledge of the Museum’s art collection as well as the global art market, seek out new acquisitions that strengthen the collection’s survey of art history and enhance its overall quality. Acquisitions are made primarily by purchase with museum funds or by gift through the generosity of donors. This section lists some of the most important art acquisitions made by the NCMA in the last several years.

Constellation XI SE

Lina Iris Viktor
Liberian British, born 1987

2021
Pure 24-karat gold, acrylic, and copolymer resin on cotton rag paper
56 × 40 in.
Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest), 2021 (2021.17)

Masquerade costume with face mask and fan (Omabe)

Igbo artist
Nigerian, 20th century

1950s–1970s
Fabric, wood, and paint
Pants: H. 47 1/2 × W. 56 in.; tunic and mask: H. 54 3/4 × W. 89 × D. 9 3/4 in.; fan: H. 15 1/2 × W. 8 7/8 × D. 7/8 in.
Partial gift of Curtis L. Scribner, MD, and partial purchase with funds from the Art Trust Fund Endowment, 2019 (2019.9/a–c)

Frédérick Douglass

Omar Victor Diop
Senegalese, born 1980

2015
Pigment inkjet on Hahnemuhle photo paper
23 5/8 × 23 5/8 in.
Purchased with funds from the Friends of Photography, 2020 (2020.16.1/dc)

Mother and Child

Faith Couch
American, born 1997

2017
Pigmented inkjet print
16 × 20 in.
Purchased with funds from the William R. Roberson Jr. and Frances M. Roberson Endowed Fund for North Carolina Art, 2021 (2021.16.1)

Village and Elsewhere: Thai Villagers and Artemisia Gentileschi’s “Judith and Holofernes”

Araya Rasdjamrearnsook
Thai, born 1957

2011
Digital pigment print
28 3/4 × 38 3/4 in.
Purchased with funds from the Matrons of the Arts, 2020 (2020.17.1)

Circumcision Knife and Shield

Alessandro Doria
Italian, Rome, 1680–1767, active in Rome 1736–1767

knife: 1751–1761; shield: probably last half of 18th century
knife: silver and steel; shield: silver
knife (open): H. 6 5/8 × W. 3 1/4 × D. 1/2 in.; shield: H. 2 7/8 × W. 1 7/8 × D. 1/16 in.
Gift of Lisa and Steven Feierstein in honor of their grandsons Ethan and Theodore, and all future grandchildren and generations, 2021 (2021.8/1–2)

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