Thursday, March 8, 2012

N.C. Museum of Art announces March events

Explore the Collection
Tuesdays through Fridays at 1:30 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Free; no reservations necessary.
A daily docent-led tour of Museum highlights. Meet at West Building Information Desk. For individuals and groups smaller than 10.

Meet Your Museum tours
Fridays at 6 and 7 p.m.; Saturdays at 11 a.m., noon and 2 and 3 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 and 3 p.m.
Free; no reservations necessary.
Meet at East Building Information Desk. Guided tour introduces visitors to the Museum buildings, Plaza and related works of art.

Storytelling in the Galleries weekend family-friendly tours
Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Free; sign up that day; first come, first served.
Meet at West Building Information Desk. Half-hour tours for kids age 5 to 10 and their adult companions. Join a Museum guide for a lively discussion and activities in the galleries.

Special events
Senior sampler
Senior Sampler: “Drawing the Line”
Tuesday, March 13, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Meet in West Building Lobby
$15 for members per session or $80 for all six sessions
$20 for nonmembers per session or $110 for all six sessions
What does an artist need to consider when arranging a composition? Gain a deeper understanding of the underlying structure of a work of art while sketching selected pieces in the galleries. Each session offers an informal gallery discussion paired with a studio experience exploring subjects in paintings and sculpture. Supplies provided. To register, call the museum box office at (919) 715-5923.

Free tour: Friday Night Art Encounters
Friday Night Art Encounters
Friday, March 16, at 6 and 7 p.m.
Free; no reservations necessary.
Meet at West Building Information Desk. Enjoy a lively introduction to the museum’s collection with 30-minute gallery conversations that take you through a variety of explorations.

Mad about Mad Men spring film series
Film: The Match King
Friday, March 16, at 8 p.m.
East Building | Museum Auditorium
$3.50 for museum members, students, Cinema Inc. and Galaxy Cinema members; $5 for all others
Wolfish William plays an industrialist who corners safety match production with epic financial shenanigans. Warner Bros. proclaimed that plots for their films were “torn from today’s headlines”—this one could easily be torn from ours, as well. Tickets are available online at, through the museum box office by phone at (919) 715-5923 and in person (East Building).

Lunch and lecture
Lecture: “Edward Durell Stone: American Modernist”
Saturday, March 17, at 11 a.m.
East Building | Museum Auditorium
$23 for members; $28 for nonmembers
Edward Durell Stone, designer of the NCMA’s East Building, was one of the first American architects to experiment with European modernism in the early 1930s with a series of prominent homes in the Northeast and in his design for the Museum of Modern Art. In this slide lecture, Stone’s youngest son and biographer, Hicks Stone—himself a practicing architect—documents the breadth of his father's life and career. The discussion continues over a lunch catered by Iris, the Museum Restaurant. To register, call (919) 664-6785. Registration and payment for the combined program is required by 4 p.m. on the Wednesday before the event.

El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa Members Opening
Saturday, March 17, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
East Building
$30 for members; $40 for all others
Drums! Dance! Costumes! Song! Story! Join other museum members and Durham’s own The Magic of African Rhythm at the first major retrospective of El Anatsui’s work. To celebrate the work of contemporary artist El Anatsui, the museum presents a colorful evening of music and dance spanning many cultures of the African continent. Performances include Balankora, a melodic duo of traditional griot instruments backed by African diasporic percussion instruments and singing, and Djembe Fire!, featuring djembe and dundun drumming, dance choreography, singing and audience participation. African-inspired hors d’oeuvres, South African wines, beer and nonalcoholic beverages included. The exhibition will be open for viewing. Performances take place at 7:30 and 8:15 p.m.

Artist discussion
“Artist to Artist”
Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m.
East Building, Museum Auditorium
Free; ticket from Box Office required
For nearly a year, the NCMA has enjoyed an extended loan from Bennett College of a work by Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas. Artist Stacy Lynn Waddell leads a discussion about Douglas’s Harriet Tubman that considers Douglas in the context of art history and as an illustrator and master draftsman.

Kids at the ncma: family fun Saturday
Family Fun Saturday: Traveling through Time
Saturday, March 17, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
East Building, Education Studio 2
$3 for members; $5 for nonmembers
Join us for a workshop that travels through space and time to learn about art from different cultures. At this gallery tour-plus-studio workshop for families with children ages 5-11, kids and adults delight in exploring the museum’s collection, creating projects together and discovering one another’s creativity. For more information or credit card reservations, call the museum box office, (919) 715-5923. Space is limited; advance purchase is strongly suggested.

Sketchbook Saturday
Saturday, March 17, from 10:30 a.m. to noon
$7 for members and $10 for nonmembers
Ages 11 to 14
Teens and tweens are invited for an in-depth exploration of tools and techniques used in keeping an artist sketchbook. We’ll be inspired by work in the galleries and Museum Park, and then head back into the studio to play with a variety of materials. Price includes one sketchbook per participant (not per session). Registration is required; space is limited. For more information or credit card reservations, call the museum box office, (919) 715-5923.

Lecture: “El Anatsui: A Curator’s Perspective”
Dr. Lisa Binder, Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum for African Art
Sunday, March 18, at 2:30 p.m.
East Building | Museum Auditorium
Free; ticket from Box Office required
Dr. Lisa Binder discusses the work of artist El Anatsui, highlighting some of the stunning sculpture, paintings, prints and drawings in the retrospective exhibition El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa. The lecture includes a history of the artist’s career and a discussion of his recent projects, including Lines That Link Humanity in the museum’s permanent collection.

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