Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll share “21 Days” of some event, place or organization in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and join us. This month it’s all about local arts events and organizations, across many disciplines, visual and performing.
Art Museum Day is an international event that celebrates the importance of museums in our world. In the Triangle we have several impressive museums to celebrate and each is celebrating the day with special events and free admission on Sunday, May 18, 2014.
In Raleigh the North Carolina Museum of Art is celebrating with free admission to the current exhibition “Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection” chronicling the history of contemporary Mexican American and Latino artists. Hours of operation on Sunday are 10 am to 5 pm. You may want to spend the whole day exploring the vast museum buildings and landscapes because there’s so much to see at NCMA.
In Durham on the Duke University campus, The Nasher Museum of Art also celebrates the day with free admission, live entertainment, make-and-take crafts and more. Look for Arts in Action LEAP team to perform at 1 pm. You may want to become familiar with Nasher (if you aren’t already) because there’s a rather spectacular exhibit coming later this summer. Hours of operation for the day will be Noon to 5 pm.
Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill (where admission is always free) offers a curator tour of this year’s MFA exhibition, “Parts of the Sum” at 1:15 pm. The exhibition includes works from nine Master of Fine Arts students, each a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill (naturally). The Ackland has an interesting looking photography exhibit planned for this Fall. You might want to go ahead and mark that on your calendar. Hours of operation for the day will be Noon to 5 pm.
Each of these art museums brings an added cultural dimension and perspective to our communities yet ask so little in return. If you’re not already a member at any or all of the museums consider becoming one, to obtain special privileges and discounts, as well as to demonstrate your appreciation of the beauty they bring to our part of North Carolina.