Giant Glowing Bunnies, 'Hoppy Hours' to Land at the NCMA Park


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Amanda Parer, "Intrude," 2014, nylon, LED lights, and air blowers, various dimensions

Photos courtesy of Amanda Parer Studios, Tasmania, Australia

There’s magic in the air at outdoor evening parties, where children play while adults unwind and socialize under the expansive night sky. This fall, you have a chance to share that experience with your children when The North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh invites all to see its first temporary exhibit on the Museum Park’s new Ellipse lawn, where they can enjoy free social events.

The free exhibit — Amanda Parer’s “Intrude” — takes magic to new heights by featuring giant illuminated bunnies. The exhibit runs for 10 days starting Oct. 28 and is open until 8 p.m. each night. Take your kids to see five 23-foot high, illuminated, inflated rabbits in the park and two smaller rabbits in the museum’s West Building galleries to get a new take on art and nature. Parer, a native Australian, invites viewers to contemplate the many visions of rabbits, from out-of-control pests to fairytale animals, as she mixes environmental messages with gargantuan imagination. The exhibit has traveled to more than 30 cities around the world.

Amanda Parer, "Intrude," 2014, nylon, LED lights, and air blowers, various dimensions

To celebrate the installation, the museum is also hosting a series of free “hoppy hours” around the bunnies, 5:30-8 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 27 and Nov. 3; and Fridays, Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. The socials feature music and surprise guests. Food truck fare and drinks, including Fullsteam Brewery beer, wine and nonalcoholic drinks, will be on sale. Each event has a different musical theme, listed below:

Free "Hoppy Hours"

Thursday, Oct. 27: Old-School Hip-Hoppy Hour featuring SPCLGST
LIVE-Graffiti Forest project by Victor Knight III, Bart Cusick and Sean Kernick.
Presented in partnership with Oak City Hustle.
Food truck: Porchetta

Friday, Oct. 28: Electronic Musical Rabbits
Recorded soundtrack curated by Moogfest, the synthesis of music, art and technology.
Food truck: Big Mike’s BBQ

Thursday, Nov. 3: Classical Rabbits
A night of symphonic sound inspired by the exhibition Intrude.
Recorded soundtrack curated by Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony.
Food truck: Chirba Chirba Dumpling Truck

Friday, Nov. 4: Trip-Hoppy Hour featuring SPCLGST
Presented in partnership with New Raleigh.
Plus, meet artist Hank Willis Thomas, whose conversation bench Ernest and Ruth is among the new works of art installed in the NCMA Park.
Food trucks: American Meltdown and Flirting with Fire

NCMA Park Celebration Nov. 6

The fun culminates on Sunday, Nov. 6, 1 p.m.-dark, at the museum's Park Celebration, when visitors are invited to explore the newly expanded park gardens, lawns and new works of art with an afternoon of outdoor activities for all ages and and music. 

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