Becoming the NCMA: 10 Decades of Collecting, 1924–2022

June 11—August 21, 2022
East Building, Level B, Joyce W. Pope Gallery

In the fall of 2022, the NCMA opens a reinstallation of its collection, the first complete reorganization since the opening of West Building in 2010. The new presentation brings fresh perspectives and includes historically underrepresented voices. This collaborative undertaking gives us the opportunity to reflect on our past and contemplate who we are now and what we aspire to be going forward.

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In anticipation of the reinstallation, the Museum presents a special exhibition that takes visitors on a century-long journey of creating an art museum on behalf of the people of North Carolina. Becoming the NCMA features more than 60 works of art of every type, including visitor favorites and rarely seen treasures. The selection reflects the diversity of cultures—ancient Mediterranean, European, Jewish Diasporic, Oceanic, African, African diasporic, and North and South American—represented in the People’s Collection.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art and generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This exhibition is made possible, in part, by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources; the North Carolina Museum of Art Foundation, Inc.; and the William R. Kenan Jr. Endowment for Educational Exhibitions. Additional support is also provided by Rosemary and Smedes York. Research for this exhibition was made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.

Marsden Hartley, Indian Fantasy, 1914, oil on canvas, 46 11/16 × 39 5/16 in., Purchased with funds from the State of North Carolina

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