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Art museum to close to prep for expansion

Posted August 5, 2009

— The North Carolina Museum of Art will temporarily close for seven months, beginning Sept. 7, to prepare for the opening of its new gallery building next spring.

The 127,000-square-foot expansion, which will house the museum's permanent collection, is scheduled to open in mid-April.

During the seven-month hiatus, art handlers will move and install more than 750 works of art into the new galleries. Many works will go into the conservation lab to be treated, cleaned or reframed.

The lobby of the current building will undergo renovations at the same time.

“We are thrilled to be entering the final phase of our expansion project, and as we prepare for this grand transformation, we have a unique opportunity to expand our reach by bringing programs to the community and connecting with the people of our state in new ways,” museum director Lawrence Wheeler said in a statement.

Museum officials said the 164-acre Museum Park would remain open during the seven-month period, and the summer series of movies and concerts in the amphitheater would continue uninterrupted through the end of September. The museum also will present Museum on the Move, a series of lectures, films, concerts, family programs, and other offerings in the park and at venues throughout the Triangle.


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  • Art216 Aug 6, 2009

    affirmativediversity, so sorry if I offended you! You're right about the Easley thing, that isn't exactly good attention :-\

    Some of the international attention I was talking about:

    Lucas Meachem (sang at NCMA this summer) has "attracted international attention..." http://www.operanc.com/spring_concert.html

    Article describes NCMA as "dynamic international art destination."

    International Art Treasures Magazine features NCMA: http://www.iatwm.com/200907/NorthCarolinaMuseumArt/index.html

    "International in scope, the Bryan Theater concert series has featured some of the world’s most critically acclaimed performing artists and musicians, many making their first appearance in North Carolina."
    "Julie Mehretu: City Sitings brings this internationally acclaimed artist’s work to the NCMA for the first time."
    "The collection of Renaissance and Baroque paintings, with works by Van Dyck, Jan Brueghel and Raphael, is internationally recognized."


  • affirmativediversity Aug 5, 2009

    oh and Art216,

    I'm sure all your private Art Lover types won't mind pooling together some more to cover the other 30% of the building cost PLUS the ongoing overhead...BECAUSE guess what...WE CAN'T AFFORD YOUR EXPENSIVE HOBBIES ANYMORE!

  • affirmativediversity Aug 5, 2009


    WHAT INTERNATIONAL ATTENTION? Holy cow, behave yourself!!!

    The only "Internation Attention" North Carolina is likely to procure will be when MIKE EASLEY goes on trial and everyone is laughing at us!

  • Art216 Aug 5, 2009

    "People who love the AAAAAAAAAAARTS should pool together, create their own for-profit firm, and move the state out of the business."

    Colliedave, the people who love the Arts haaaaave aaaaalready pooled together to privately fund most of the museum. Now what to do with those pesky profits that come from the international attention that NC gets from the museum...

  • whatelseisnew Aug 5, 2009

    Close it and leave it closed. Got to pay for all the stuff the beggars want, so we can not afford this museum.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Aug 5, 2009

    If they had not told me it would be closed, I would have never known.

  • dogluvr26 Aug 5, 2009

    Hopefully the landscaping will help offset the not-so-desirable building look. I realize it's done for the natural light, which will also help conserve energy, and that's great--but I still think it's ugly. However, if the landscaping doesn't do it, then I reckon I'll just need to be grateful that once I'm in the building, I don't have to look at the outside of it.

  • SweetB Aug 5, 2009

    That's a long time BUT SO WORTH IT! I LOVE our Art Museum and cannot wait to see what is in store for us all!!!

  • affirmativediversity Aug 5, 2009

    Maybe we can let the homeless and unemployed live in it and appreciate all that nicely restored and carefully moved art?

  • cartman Aug 5, 2009

    The original plan had the museum closed for several months. I'm not sure of the exact timing.

    This place is a great FREE resource in the area. Yes, it's FREE, unlike most other museums.