Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Museum Exhibits
See 40 stunning ensembles in "Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair," an exhibit that explores the Ebony Fashion Fair and its concepts of beauty, fashion and empowerment for African Americans. Photo courtesy of Johnson Publishing Company, LLC
"Mazes and Brain Games"
Opens Jan. 20
This family-friendly exhibit features a collection of more than 60 puzzling experiences to inspire exploration and ingenuity. "Mazes and Brain Games" offers mind-bending adventures, 3-D puzzles and full-body games. Test your perceptions in the maze of illusions, run a marathon with your fingers on the Finger Mazes, or become a “webmaster” by climbing through an intricate web of ropes without getting tangled in the Web Maze. Readjust your senses and experiment with light, shadow, fluorescence and a music interactive in the black-lit Cosmic Games room. $5/person ages 3 and older, free for museum members. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-707-9950. naturalsciences.org.
"Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair"
Through Jan. 21
The exhibit explores the 50-year history of the Ebony Fashion Fair (1958–2009), an unparalleled charity fashion show event that redefined the concepts of beauty, fashion, and empowerment for African-American women. It features 40 stunning ensembles by designers such as Stephen Burrows, Pierre Cardin, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Patrick Kelly, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Bob Mackie, Alexander McQueen and others, and also includes archival photographs and memorabilia from Ebony magazine and Ebony Fashion Fair. Free. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. ncartmuseum.org.
"Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation from the Wester Collection"
Through March 4
This lobby-case exhibit features two of the artist's famous stained-glass windows, a small number of blown-glass vases and several lamps. Tiffany became one of the best-known American proponents of the Art Nouveau movement, and the objects in this exhibit case depict the curved and flowing lines and the jewel-bright colors connected with this style. Free. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"American Red Cross: Healing the Warrior’s Heart through Art"
Through April 1
This powerful exhibit features more than 20 paintings and three sculptures created by U.S. Marines who were wounded while serving. The Marines completed the artwork under the guidance of world-renowned artist Craig Bone as part of an art therapy program for Wounded Warrior Battalion–East, based out of Camp Lejeune, N.C. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"The Shape of Fashion"
Through May 6
This exhibit showcases 10 different fashionable silhouettes, including six represented by artifacts, that show changing trends of dress from the 1800s to the 1900s. The clothing chosen for this exhibit comes from the museum’s extensive collection of textiles and features ball gowns, afternoon dresses and a few examples of men’s and children’s clothing. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
"North Carolina and World War I"
Through Jan. 6, 2019
This exhibit, covering more than 6,500 square feet of gallery space, showcases North Carolina during World War I. See a reproduction field hospital, floor-to-ceiling murals, historic film footage, interactive video and more than 500 artifacts. Visitors can wind their way through a life-size trench system—complete with eight-foot-high, mud-plastered walls; hundreds of sandbags; and the lights and sounds of battle. The stories of numerous Tar Heel soldiers are distributed throughout the exhibit and include a special showcase of the African American 92nd Division. Discover these North Carolina connections to the Great War, and see firsthand how battle affected the state abroad and at home. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of History