NCMA Recommends: Love is the Drug

Richard Mosse, Love is the Drug, 2012, digital C-print, 50 — 96 in., Purchased with funds from the Art Trust Fund Endowment

Richard Mosse’s arresting Love Is the Drug appears at first glance to depict a type of paradise but instead presents a sobering reality: an embattled, scarred landscape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the center of decades of tribal conflicts and seemingly endless warfare.

Mosse’s landscapes are captured through infrared film originally developed for aerial military surveillance to detect camouflage. This film changes the vegetation’s appearance from green to surreal tones of pink and red, simultaneously beautiful and utterly unfamiliar. Mosse says he wants to “bring two counter-worlds into collision,” setting art’s potential to highlight the beauty of a scene against documentary photography’s goal of pursuing the “truth.” –Michele Frederick, Associate Curator of European Art

Audio Description

The recording below is an audio description of Love is the Drug. Audio description is narration for individuals who are blind or have low vision. It is a means to inform them about visual content essential for comprehension.

Environmental Stewardship and Restoration in the Museum Park

In honor of Earth Day on April 22, Curator of Horticulture and Sustainability Rachel Woods shares what has been accomplished to improve the 164-acre Museum Park’s environmental health and highlights ecological restoration efforts still planned. You will also learn how you can be a good steward at home and when visiting the Park.

NCMA in Dialogue

Register now for NCMA in Dialogue: Environmental Art in a Time of Crisis. Moderator Nancy Strickland Fields and artists Yatika Fields, Anita Fields, and Tali Weinberg will discuss the themes in their art related to environmental justice and the relationship humans have to the earth we inhabit.

Yatika Fields paints landscapes formed of memory, environment, movement, and light. Learn more about his process in this video produced by Oklahoma Contemporary.

Film Recommendations

Join us for an outdoor screening of Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy on Earth Day, April 22. The Museum Park is a special place where art and nature play off each other. This film showcases that relationship in a beautiful and dynamic way. Learn more and get a free ticket here.

Land art, or earth art, is a movement that uses the landscape to create works made of natural materials. These three documentary films introduce the movement, its pioneers, and some iconic works.

– Leaning into the Wind: Andy Goldsworthy (2017). Director: Thomas Riedelsheimer. An insightful observation of an artist at work. Watch on Hulu.

– Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art (2015). Director: James Crump. Depicts the innovative land artists of the 1960s and 1970s. Rent on Vimeo or iTunes.

– Earthcaster (2016). Directors: Georgann Eubanks and Donna Campbell. Explores the earthcastings of Thomas Sayre, creator of the Museum Park’s Gyre. Watch on PBS.

Mindful Museum: Slow-Art Appreciation

Slow art is a growing movement to mindfully observe and communally appreciate art. Join us on April 21 for an hour-long virtual program that offers centering techniques and a breathing practice followed by an intentional observation of Mosse’s Love is the Drug. Calm the mind and experience art in a deeper way.

Musical Offerings

Last September we hosted Dreamroot during season one of our Music at the Museum virtual concert series. While on site they toured our galleries and shared appreciation for Richard Mosse’s Love is the Drug.

Join us for our next livestreamed virtual concert, Music at the Museum with Lakota John, this Tuesday, April 13, at 9 pm ET. Lakota John is a musician, producer, and songwriter from southeastern North Carolina who blends elements of folk, jazz, rock, and blues to create his unique sound.

Celebrate Earth Day with these playlists about mountains, rivers, wolves, and the moon!

Live from the Studio

In a free two-session virtual workshop on Saturday, April 17 and 24, teens will learn about the art of storytelling in both animation and filmmaking with North Carolina artist Napoleon Wright II and create a video or animation to share with the class. All levels are welcome; register here.

Art, Accessibility, and Autism

As visitors come to the Museum to view works such as Mosse’s Love is the Drug in higher numbers, we want to bring attention to resources that make the NCMA accessible to all audiences.

The Museum’s and Park’s visual schedules are intended for people, especially children, on the autism spectrum. These guides help prepare for visits and cover important things to remember. Images and a written schedule suggest how to explore the campus.

While at the Museum, visit the Store, which joins the Autism Society of North Carolina in promoting artists with autism. Featured this month are the small paintings and sculptures of King Nobuyoshi Godwin, a prolific, talented artist living with autism who inspires all around him.

Learn more about King Nobuyoshi Godwin:

– View a biographical video narrated by brother Malik Godwin, Gregg Museum of Art and Design.

– See more of Godwin’s work on view at the Block Gallery and online.

– For larger works visit Charlotte Russell Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in Raleigh.


Apr 09, 2021


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