Dates and Information
On Wednesday, September 9, special exhibitions Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women and Leonardo Drew: Making Chaos Legible open alongside Christopher Holt: Contemporary Frescoes/Faith and Community and Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting.
Learn more about these exhibitions and their run dates through the links below.
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$13.94 Youth 7–18
FREE for children 6 and under
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NCMA Virtual Exhibitions Subscription
From North Carolina to the world, from the comfort of your home! In this custom online experience, you can explore virtual versions of the eight special exhibitions now on display at the North Carolina Museum of Art. These virtual portals are available for you to experience on your own time and at your own speed, for a one-time access fee.
The NCMA Virtual Exhibitions Subscription gives you access to interactive art spotlights and exclusive videos that span exhibitions about Senegalese jewelry, North Carolina painters, site-specific installations, and the history of the Museum campus and collection. The one-time subscription price is $10 for nonmembers and $8 for members and students (plus taxes and fees).
Virtual exhibitions will be made available on this rollout schedule, so there’s always new content to explore:
- October 9: Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women
- October 16: Leonardo Drew: Making Chaos Legible
- November 13: Christopher Holt: Contemporary Frescoes/Faith and Community and Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting
- December 11: Reflections on Light: Works from the NCMA Collection
- December 18: West Building and the Architecture of Light
- January 15: Miracle on Morgan Street: The Foundations of the NCMA, 1946–1960
- February 19: The Bacchus Conservation Project: The Story of a Sculpture
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Plan Your Visit
Front Burner: Highlights in Contemporary North Carolina Painting: Throughout modern art history, painting has been declared dead and later resuscitated so many times that the issue now tends to largely be ignored. Despite any debate over painting’s viability, artists continue to persevere in keeping the medium fresh and new. Currently painting is enjoying a revival in the art world, and innovative North Carolina artists are helping to maintain its vibrant place on the front burner.
March 7, 2020–February 14, 2021
Christopher Holt: Contemporary Frescoes/Faith and Community: This exhibition features monumental drawings, intimate portraits, and studies by Asheville artist Christopher Holt for the Haywood Street Beatitudes fresco completed in September 2019. The fresco is the result of a two-year community project led by Holt with the Rev. Brian Combs, founder of the Haywood Street congregation in Asheville.
March 7, 2020–February 7, 2021
Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women: The first major exhibition of Senegalese gold jewelry to date that focuses on the history of Senegal’s gold, from past to present, and the beauty and complexity of the way Senegalese women use ornament and fashion to present themselves. A key theme of the exhibition is the Senegalese concept of sañse (a Wolof word for dressing up or looking and feeling good). Good as Gold explores how a woman in a city like Dakar might use a piece of gold jewelry to build a carefully tailored, elegant fashion ensemble.
September 9, 2020–January 3, 2021
Leonardo Drew: Making Chaos Legible: This two-part project by contemporary artist Leonardo Drew features a monumental outdoor sculpture, City in the Grass, along with a gallery exhibition that provides a more in-depth look at his diverse body of work. Using a variety of materials—wood, cotton, canvas, paper, steel, aluminum, sand—Drew makes dynamic sculptures that explode and expand into their spaces. These gravity-defying sculptures convey a feeling of barely contained or restrained energy and chaos.
September 9, 2020–January 3, 2021
Good as Gold: Fashioning Senegalese Women is organized by Kevin D. Dumouchelle of the National Museum of African Art, Smithsonian Institution. It is curated by Amanda Maples of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Leonardo Drew: Making Chaos Legible is made possible, in part, by the generous support of the Hartfield Foundation and Libby and Lee Buck.
Front Burner: Highlights in North Carolina Contemporary Painting is organized by guest curator Ashlynn Browning in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art. This exhibition was 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.
All exhibitions are 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 these exhibitions is made possible by Ann and Jim Goodnight/The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fund for Curatorial and Conservation Research and Travel.
In addition to our general Museum accessibility, we are including additional accommodations for exhibition visitors.
For visitors with low vision:
- Wall labels throughout the exhibition use large-size text.
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