Five shows at once

From staff reportsApril 18, 2010 

  • Nov. 7

    A recently restored four-volume set of Audubon's work has been owned by the state since 1848, and is being exhibited in its entirety for the first time. It comprises 435 life-size, hand-colored prints produced by engraving and aquatint.

    American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell

    Nov. 7 to Jan. 30, 2011

    The modern art snobs might sniff, but this exhibition embraces that most American of painters. It features 40 original works of art and a chronology of 323 Saturday Evening Post covers. Rockwell didn't shy away from controversy; in the 1960s his illustrations dealt with desegregation, Vietnam and the civil rights movement.

    Bob Trotman: Inverted Utopias

    Nov. 7 to March 27, 2011

    This exhibition will inaugurate the new North Carolina gallery, presenting more than 20 works by figurative sculptor Trotman. His carved and painted wood pieces depict a conflicted image of Rockwell-like mainstream characters presented akimbo.

    Fins and Feathers: Original Children's Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

    Nov. 7 to Jan. 30, 2011

    Celebrating children's book artists, with 33 storybook illustrations from the late 1960s through today. The emphasis is on kid-friendly, happy and comical creatures.

    Binh Danh: In the Eclipse of Angkor

    Nov. 7 to Jan. 30, 2011

    New work by a Vietnamese-born photographer includes chlorophyll prints, found butterfly specimens and daguerreotypes documenting the genocide in Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. Danh has received international attention for his interpretations of this painful piece of history.

The new galleries building is getting all the attention, but before the year is out some of the spotlight will shift back to the old building.

This fall, the site of the former main museum will reopen after renovations as home to an unprecedented five exhibitions at once.

It's now being called the East Building, and it will be the place where temporary exhibitions will be held, along with education and public programs and staff offices. A permanent space there will also be set aside for North Carolina artists, both emerging and established; solo and themed shows will rotate twice a year.

All five of the new shows will open Nov. 7 and run into next year.

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