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NCMA Debuts Two New Free Exhibits This Month

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WEB EXCLUSIVE The past and the present of art collide through NCMA’s two new exhibits opening this month.

Is there a better way to spend a cool fall day than roaming through the North Carolina Museum of Art’s eye-opening—and eye-catching—exhibits? We think not (especially if you’re sipping on a PSL while taking in all the art). Ahead of its anticipated ticketed October exhibition Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau Visionary (and just in time for the fall season!), the NCMA is debuting two new free exhibits this month.

NC Artist Connections, which opened Sept. 4, features three local artists’ works that expand on concepts already present within the NCMA’s permanent gallery: social justice, communication (and misunderstanding), memory and ritual. By reviving themes throughout the museum, these contemporary artists hope to help visitors gain a deeper understanding of the artists, their works and their relationship with art.

Break the Mold: New Takes on Traditional Art Making (opening Sept. 25) is all about going back to the roots of art-making and taking an innovative, modern approach to traditional styles of art—think unique takes on embroidery, quilting, ceramics and fashion accessories. The exhibition will also tackle topics like gender assumptions and inequality, racial justice, prison reform and cultural history. Modern adaptations from 25 contemporary artists will be placed next to its historical predecessors to provide important context—and contrast.

NC Artists Connections shows how deep the talent runs in our community, while Break the Mold presents fascinating new takes on traditional art making,” says Valerie Hillings, director of the NCMA. “Presented together, these exhibitions invite reflection and conversations around museums, community and traditions.” Reserve your tickets at

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