The North Carolina Museum of Art, located in Raleigh, North Carolina was a real surprise & delight when we stopped to visit Don’s son on our trip out West.
In addition to finding the RV Campground at the State Fairground (a great find and discussed in a separate blog post) we visited the Art Museum just down the street from the campground. A nice discovery – Raleigh is a great little town!
The collection of the North Carolina Museum of Art includes major holdings in European painting from the Renaissance to the 19th century, Egyptian funerary art, sculpture and vase painting from ancient Greece and Rome, American art of the 18th through 20th centuries, and international contemporary art.
Other works include African, ancient American, pre-Columbian, and Oceanic art, and Jewish ceremonial objects. The NCMA houses one of only two permanent displays of Jewish art in an American art museum.
The Museum is actively building the collection with recent acquisitions, including a gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation of 30 works by Auguste Rodin, making the NCMA the leading repository of this artist’s work in the southeastern United States. A promised gift of mid- to late-20th-century art from the collection of Jim and Mary Patton includes works by Jackie Ferrara, Adolph Gottlieb, Ellsworth Kelly, Per Kirkeby, David Park, and Sean Scully. Other new works include pieces by artists El Anatsui, Roxy Paine, Jaume Plensa, and Ursula von Rydingsvard.
During our visit to the NCMA I was more interested and energized by the contemporary work vice the traditional works – an unusual experience for me. Contemporary art is usually lost on me – here I found it exciting.
In addition to the indoor space – which has received numerous awards for its green construction – the museum is surrounded by the 164-acre Museum Park and home to more than a dozen monumental works of art, with artists actively involved in the restoration of the Park’s landscape and the integration of art into outdoor spaces.
Gary is mad at me again!
We throughly enjoyed our visit to the museum and I am shocked to say I have found a North Carolina town I like!
Thanks Gary for sharing it with us!