To Be Young: Coming of Age in the Contemporary
April 3, 2021 – February 6, 2022
Where does childhood end and adulthood begin? Using both figurative and abstract images from the Museum collection, To Be Young: Coming of Age in the Contemporary offers an introspective overview of coming of age across various communities throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition explores how youths process development through concepts such as identity, community, and kinship to form new perspectives on the world.
While To Be Young focuses on individual narratives, it also challenges how society defines maturity as a collective and questions how traditional rites of passage may change due to the current social climate stimulated by an ongoing racial justice movement and public health crisis.
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. Additional support was 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.