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Virtual Humber Lecture: Foundations of the NCMA: 1924–1960

In the early 1950s, North Carolina invested $1 million in a state art collection, leading to the creation of the North Carolina Museum of Art in 1956. Lyle Humphrey, associate curator of European art and collections history, takes you on a decades-long journey through downtown Raleigh and beyond to explain how the Museum came to fruition.

Supported by the Robert Lee Humber Lectures Endowment

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Photo Credit:

Aerial view of downtown Raleigh, 1938, photo courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina


May 27, 2021


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Free; registration required
For More Information:
(919) 715-5923
Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am to 5 pm
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