NCMA: Fins & Feathers plus more!

From Sarah C.:

Green Frog, Green Frog, What do you see? Eric Carle

The East Building (ie, the original building) at the NC Museum of Art reopened in early November as home to its special exhibits. Earlier this week D and I bundled up, braved the cold wind on the long walk from the parking lot to take a peek. Our mission – to see Fins and Feathers: Original Children’s Book Illustrations from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

I am sure all of our blog readers can relate immediately to Eric Carle’s work. The Fins and Feathers exhibit features some of his illustrations, but also some from other artists. All are on loan from The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Massachusetts. The exhibit is in a small room with each illustration framed and mounted on the wall. Above the illustrations are quotes from the various books featured. In the center of the room is a mobile created from book pages and, below it, a collection of the books themselves on a circular table with 4 chairs. We spent a good bit of our visit sitting there thumbing through them. Such a great, simple way to make this exhibit interactive for children of all ages.

We next headed across the hall to see the Birds of America exhibit. I was pleasantly surprised at how this one also entertained D. He couldn’t quite see (or appreciate) the gorgeous plates of John James Aubudon’s work (which I plan to return to enjoy on a future “adult only” visit), but the stuffed birds mounted around the room definitely caught his eye and he let out several loud excited cries.

On our way out of the building, we slowly passed through the area featuring Bob Trotman’s Inverted Utopias. No deep analysis of it here. We simply enjoyed looking at the sculptures of people (or parts thereof – one featured several people from chest up reaching for the sky as though they are sinking into the floor). I think D’s favorite was the likeness of Trotman himself called “Vertigo” that is suspended above the visitor.

If you are looking for an enjoyable time indoors, be sure to drop by the Museum this month to catch Fins and Feathers and Inverted Utopias before they leave. All current special exhibits and dates are listed below. Note that photography is not allowed in the special exhibits.

See Allison’s review of the “new” museum, the West Building, featuring the permanent collection here.

NC Museum of Art 
Exhibitions | Upcoming Exhibitions | Kids & Families

2110 Blue Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 839-6262

Current Exhibitions
American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell – now through January 30, 2011 (note: ticket required)
Fins and Feathers – now through January 30, 2011
Binh Danh: In the Eclipse of Angkor – now through January 30, 2011
Bob Trotman: Inverted Utopias – now through March 27, 2011
John James Audubon’s The Birds of America – ongoing

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2 comments for “NCMA: Fins & Feathers plus more!

  1. January 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm

    Great minds think alike! Looks like we both had the same idea…

  2. January 5, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    That’s fantastic!! I love it. The more people who go and support great exhibits like this means more and more kids’ art! Thanks so much for sharing (and next time we should plan to meet up; although Sarah C went solo on this blog excursion; but next time we head out altogether…).

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