North Carolina Museum of Art announces fall 2021 exhibitions
RALEIGH – The North Carolina Museum of Art recently announced its fall 2021 exhibitions, featuring artists from around the world and the state, including Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary, which will open on October 23 and will be on view until October 23. January 2022.
Focused on the influence of craftsmanship on artists working nationally and globally, Break the Mold: New Takes on Traditional Art Making, is a partnership with the Charlotte’s Mint Museum and features world-renowned artists like Ai Weiwei , Gabriel de la Mora, Yasumasa Morimura, Shinique Smith Hank Willis Thomas and more. Three North Carolina artists Stephen Hayes, Hong-An Truong and The Beautiful Project will begin a dialogue with the NCMA collection, presenting works that speak directly to the Museum’s artwork.
Born in the Czech Republic, Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) was one of the most influential and famous artists in early 20th century Paris. He is best known for his graphic work, such as theater posters for superstar actress Sarah Bernhardt and decorative panels and advertisements featuring graceful women. Mucha created a distinctive approach characterized by harmonious compositions, sinuous shapes, organic lines and soft colors, which have become synonymous with the decorative style known as art nouveau.
“This fall, the North Carolina Museum of Art is pleased to present a series of exhibitions that span the 19th and 21st centuries and offer a glimpse of art produced in different regions of the world,” said Valerie Hillings, Museum Director. . “Our fall season features internationally appreciated and recognized works by Alphonse Mucha alongside contemporary local, national and international artists who explore a range of techniques and social and cultural histories.
Member tickets go on sale June 30. Non-member tickets go on sale July 21.
The North Carolina Museum of Art and the Mint Museum will present Break the Mold: New Takes on Traditional Art Making from September 25 to February 6 in the East Building of the Joyce W. Pope Gallery. Break the Mold will feature contemporary artists represented in the Museum’s two collections who use traditional modes of artistic creation to address current topics. Innovative approaches to embroidery, ceramics, quilting, furniture, home decor and fashion accessories explore various topics such as gender inequality, prison reform, racial justice, memory and loss, as well as the way objects encapsulate, transmit and transform cultural and history.
Artists to be included in the NCMA iteration include Ai Weiwei, Lucas Samaras, Gabriel de la Mora, Yasumasa Morimura, Hank Willis Thomas, Elizabeth Brim, Sanford Biggers, Rachel Meginnes, Elizabeth Alexander, Rodney McMillan, Shinique Smith, Thomas Schmidt , Maria Britton, Julie Cockburn, Do Ho Suh and more.
Artists to be included in the Mint Museum include Chris Antemann, Diedrick Brackens, Sonya Clark, Cristina Córdova, Jen Ray and Hank Willis Thomas.
The NCMA has provided arts education, inspiration and access to generations. For artists, the Museum has been a particularly special place for booming careers, especially as a space for study, experimentation and orientation. The NCMA will feature new and / or reimagined works of art from two North Carolina-based artists and an art collective that connect important works of art from the Museum’s collection.
Framed from themes of their choice, these artist presentations will offer new perspectives on the NCMA collection and highlight the important relationship between the Museum and living artists. Stephen Hayes’ work is interested in historical representations of African Americans as these images relate to social justice, and his contribution will involve a large installation hanging from a gallery of works from the Museum’s collection. Hong-An Truong’s art is linked to communication issues (and misunderstandings) between disparate cultures. The Beautiful Project struggles with ideas of memory and ritual through portraiture.