NCMA Recommends: Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me
Louise Jones, Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me, 2018, site-specific installation, 48 x 24 ft., Courtesy of the artist, © 2018 Louise Jones
Detroit-based artist Louise Jones, also known as Ouizi, creates large-scale floral mural installations for public spaces throughout the United States. Jones’s explosive flower murals blossom with vitality and saturated color. Like Georgia O’Keeffe, she depicts flowers at a massive scale, focusing attention on the abstract qualities of the subject. Jones says her approach to painting flowers and plant matter derives from her personal interest in exploring the femininity she finds in the floral form.
Originally commissioned by the NCMA as part of the exhibition The Beyond: Georgia O’Keeffe and Contemporary Art, which was on view in the fall of 2018, Jones’s mural Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me continues to “bloom” on the brick façade of East Building. The flowers in the NCMA mural are inspired by flowers and plants that Jones found in the Museum Park: southern magnolia, black-eyed Susans, St. John’s wort, and swamp milkweed, among others. It took the artist four days to create the mural, spray painting and painting by hand. The finished mural measures 24 feet wide and 48 feet tall.
Enlivening the World’s Walls
Mural art can be found all over the world and even throughout history. Prominent Mexican painter Diego Rivera created murals in Mexico and the U.S. as early as the 1920s. An organization bringing color to the world today is POW! WOW! Its mission is not only to create beautiful works of art but also to bring people together. In this video the creators repaint a school in Nepal and cover the walls in color.
A North Carolina Muralist
Dare Coulter is on her way to being one of the state’s best-loved muralists. This young dynamic artist has been engaged with projects in communities across North Carolina, and those who live near or drive by her murals know how much of a sense of place her work creates. Immerse yourself in her creative process through this video produced by UNC-TV, and then map out places to visit to see her work in person.
Offstage Live Presents Four Free Concerts
Like the local flowers seen in Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me, our state’s music is diverse and flourishing! This season we’re going offstage and into the galleries to showcase a lineup of North Carolina bands. Presented with Come Hear North Carolina, our four-part live-streamed free concert series Offstage Live kicks off September 1 with Chatham County Line and will also be broadcast on UNC-TV in the coming months.
A Toast to the Artist!
We asked Oleg Kasianov, bartender at Good Day Good Night restaurant at Origin Hotel in Raleigh, to whip up a late-summer cocktail evoking the floral notes of Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me. From Kasianov: “Our Happy Bride cocktail, a blend of Hendrick’s Midsummer Solstice gin, honey, lemon juice, and fresh floral blossom mist, is sure to have your taste buds dancing. Perfect to accompany a light salad for lunch, or a sweet floral addition to a savory brunch entree.”—Kat Harding, Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
Learn some paint-spraying techniques to create your own mural—the perfect outdoor fun for a summer day! Find detailed instructions for this activity, plus suggestions of books for the family to enjoy, at NCMALearn.—Courtney Klemens, Manager of Family Programs
Create a Takeaway Show
Calling all musicians! In honor of Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me, and street art everywhere, we’re inviting musicians around the globe to film and share a takeaway show in front of a mural of your choice. A “takeaway show” can be described as an impromptu-style, low-production street performance, often with makeshift instrumentation. Check out this video for an example. Here’s what to do:
• Pick a mural as the backdrop for your video and configure your camera setup (handheld/phone cameras are welcome).
• Play and record, socially distanced and responsibly, a song in front of your mural of choice.
• Post your video to social media with tags #NCMArecommends @ncartmuseum. If you know it, tag the mural location along with title and artist to credit their work. We’ll share from there!—Janette Hoffman, Acting Artistic Director and General Manager, NCMA Amphitheater
Bursting into Bloom
How does a large-scale mural come to life? Watch the installation time-lapse video to see Louise Jones painting Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me on the side of East Building. Some of her tools (an umbrella, motorized lift, and spray paint) might surprise you! Learn more about the process, including how our curator of horticulture and sustainability worked with Jones to gather an inspiration bouquet from the Museum Park, on Circa, the Museum blog.
This recording is an audio description of Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me. Audio description is narration for individuals who are blind or have low vision.
Virtual Art-Inspired Meditation
Awaken your senses, elevate your mind, and calm your body through a meditation inspired by Louise Jones’s mural Summer Is Where You’ll Find Me. This virtual program on Wednesday, September 2, guides you through centering techniques and a breathing practice. For ages 16 and up.
Virtual “What’s in the Box?”
Have fun while exploring art together! “What’s in the Box?” is the Museum’s signature program for children ages 2 to 5 and their caregivers. For this live virtual session on Wednesday, September 2, we’ll explore the bounty of nature captured in Summer’s Where You’ll Find Me. Plus, we’ll make a large-scale collage.
Film Club Features Style Wars
If you enjoy watching and talking about films, join us on Friday, September 18, for a meeting of the virtual NCMA Film Club! Watch two short videos and a feature film at your convenience, and then join a Zoom discussion with a special guest. This month’s pairing is the documentary Style Wars (1983) and two shorts about murals in North Carolina: Kotis Street Art and Morgan Monsters—Kevin Lyons X Trophy Brewing.