An occasional list of exhibits, programs, and events at North Carolina museums. Sponsored by the North Carolina Museums Council.

Monday, February 23, 2009

1). N.C. Museum of History: “Shiver me timbers!” Romantic notions of sabers, swashbucklers, and an exciting life at sea belie the truth of those ancient buccaneers. That truth holds today. North Carolina’s strong relationship with opportunistic pirates will be observed with the March 6 opening of the exhibit, “Knights of the Black Flag” at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. “Knights of the Black Flag” will examine piracy from ancient Egypt on.

2). Museum of the Albemarle: The March 8, 2009 Albemarle Historic Roundtable features local historian Travis Morris. Mr. Morris has written several books focused on duck hunting in the Albemarle region, including include: “Currituck Memories and Adventures: More Tales from a Native Gunner," "Currituck: Ducks, Politics, and Outlaw Gunners,” and “Duck Hunting on Currituck Sound: Tales from a Native Gunner.” The lecture, in the Museum’s Gaither Auditorium, is at 2:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Mr. Morris will be available for a book signing after the lecture.

3). Asheville Art Museum invites you to join us on a tour of the exhibition “Expectant Gaze — Art from the Eye and Mind” led by one of our knowledgeable docents from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on March 6, 2009. Art Breaks are free with Museum Membership or admission. They are a great opportunity to learn more about art and explore the Museum’s collection with a guide.

4). Reynolda House Museum of American Art invites elementary school-aged children accompanied by an adult to an Impressionism workshop on Sunday, March 1, 2009, 2–4 p.m.. After looking at the paintings in the “American Impressions” exhibition, children will paint original portraits, landscapes, or still lifes. The cost is $7 per person, which includes supplies and refreshments. Reservations are required; please call 336.758.5599.

5). N.C. Transportation Museum: A little known facet of the history of African American workers on North Carolina railroads will take center stage when the N.C. Transportation Museum’s newest exhibit opens Feb. 24. “The North Carolina Lining Bar Gangs” exhibit recalls the labors of African-American railroad workers and their music. At 10 a.m., the ribbon cutting will take place in the Elmer Lam Gallery in the museum’s Bob Julian Roundhouse. This exhibit is a part of the museum’s Black History Month programming, but will remain as a permanent addition to the museum.

6). Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art: Got ladders? The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art needs your help. SECCA and Old Salem Museums & Gardens are co-presenting a public art project by artist Charlie Brouwer that requires ladders. The sculpture is created from ladders loaned to the artist by community members. Brouwer will construct the sculpture, called “Rise Up Winston-Salem,” the weekend of March 6 - 8, in the Tavern Meadow by the Barn in Old Salem.

7). Ackland Art Museum presents “Sage in the Bamboo Grove: The Legacy of Sherman E. Lee” (February 28 - September 20, 2009), a multi-gallery exhibition of treasures from the Museum's Asian art collection. The exhibition is mounted in celebration of Sherman Emery Lee, the renowned Asian art scholar and esteemed former director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, whose contributions to the Ackland and UNC-Chapel Hill helped the Museum build what is now the most significant collection of Asian art in North Carolina, and one of the premier collections in the south. The public is invited to an opening reception March 1 from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.


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