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Reinstallation Opens October 2022

The year 2022 marks the 75th anniversary of the North Carolina legislature setting aside state funds to start the People’s Collection. To further that commitment, the Museum will begin a transformative reinstallation of its East and West buildings, offering a more dynamic experience of the arts for all through newly conceived thematic and interpretive galleries that connect the collection across place and time. The first complete reorganization since the opening of West Building in 2010, it will feature major loans from North Carolina, national, and international museums and new, site-specific commissioned works, alongside visitor favorites presented in new ways.

Learn more from Director Valerie Hillings in the video below and check in for updates in the coming months on gallery renderings, loans, community partnerships, staff interviews, behind-the-scenes blog posts, reopening events, and more.

Park, Events, and Exhibitions During Closure

During this time, the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park remains open daily, dawn to dusk. The Museum will continue to present its annual outdoor film and concert season, as well as programming throughout the Park and in East Building. Several special exhibitions will be on view in East Building, including Fault Lines: Art and the Environment, an immersive exhibition highlighting contemporary artists’ responses to present environmental concerns. Learn more about these exhibitions below.

Project Timeline and Gallery Closures

  • January 3, 2022: East Building exhibition level, studio and performing arts spaces, and East Café remain open and featured works of art from our African collection go on view in West Building; East Building collection galleries go off view to begin construction
  • June 1, 2022: West Building closes to the public
  • October 2022: Reopening celebration

Throughout this project Museum Park and East Building programming will continue, and several special exhibitions will be on view in East Building.

Organized by the NCMA and on view April 2 to July 17, 2022, Fault Lines: Art and the Environment highlights contemporary artists’ responses to present environmental concerns through immersive, multimedia artworks and outdoor sculpture installations. Artists include John Akomfrah, Olafur Eliasson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Allison Janae Hamilton, and Christine and Margaret Wertheim. Learn more on the exhibition website.

Fault Lines is joined by exhibitions PARTICIPATE: Activate the Senses (December 18, 2021–July 3, 2022), Container/Contained: Phil Freelon Design Strategies for Telling African American Stories (February 26–May 15, 2022), The Altered Environment (March 12–August 28, 2022), and TO BE RATHER THAN TO SEEM (April 2–July 17, 2022).

The Museum curators’ collaborative vision for this reinstallation was developed with input from 11 diverse global consultants.

Maryan Ainsworth, curator emerita of Northern Renaissance painting, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Amanda Cachia, critic and curator of disability activism and accommodation

Julie Levin Caro, professor of art history and department chair, Warren Wilson College

Adrienne L. Childs, art historian and adjunct curator, The Phillips Collection

Nancy Strickland Fields, director, Museum of the Southeast American Indian, UNC Pembroke

Salah M. Hassan, Goldwin Smith Professor of African and African Diaspora Art History, Cornell University

Laurence B. Kanter, chief curator and Lionel Goldfrank III Curator of European Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and adjunct instructor, Department of the History of Art, Yale University

Ilona Katzew, curator and department head of Latin American art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Karen Kramer, curator of Native American and Oceanic art and culture, Peabody Essex Museum

Irma McClaurin, CEO of Irma McClaurin Solutions, anthropologist, award-winning writer, founder of the Black Feminist Archive, and past president of Shaw University

Richard J. Powell, John Spencer Bassett Distinguished Professor of Art and Art History, Duke University

All reimagined galleries will be on view and celebrated with a slate of events starting in October 2022, that will also commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Ann and Jim Goodnight Museum Park.

Alongside the reinstallation, the Museum will feature three special exhibitions that spotlight groundbreaking collections, both globally and locally. A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection will share a selection of the most iconic works from the first museum of modern art in the US—featuring artists Edouard Manet, Claude Monet, Berthe Morisot, Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Wassily Kandinsky, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, and more.

The Museum will also present exhibitions featuring contemporary Latin American and African American art from a North Carolina private collection and costumes and videos on African masquerade in North Carolina that relate to masquerade works in the NCMA’s African collection.

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