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PARTICIPATE: Activate the Senses

October 30, 2021–April 10, 2022
East Building, Level A, Studio 4

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to discover art in new ways? PARTICIPATE invites visitors to immerse themselves in a combination of tactile and digital experiences that engage various senses—sight, hearing, touch, and smell. Listen to the whistle of an ancient vessel, feel the beadwork of a ceremonial belt, smell the food in a still life painting, and more.

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A virtual tour in American Sign Language and audio descriptions of each artwork and sensory station are available.

Organized by the North Carolina Museum of Art. 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. 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.


After Luis Egidio Meléndez, Still Life with Fruit, Cheese, and a Pitcher, after circa 1830, oil on canvas, 17 1/2 × 13 in., Purchased with funds from the North Carolina State Art Society (Robert F. Phifer Bequest)

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