Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill Museum Exhibits
See Yayoi Kusama's dazzling work of contemporary art, "Light of Life," part of the North Carolina Museum of Art's exhibition, "You Are Here," running through July 22.
2018 Yayoi Kusama© Courtesy David Zwirner, New York; Ota Fine Arts
"Birds and Butterflies"
June 1-July 29
View nature photography by Matthew Leavitt, whose favorite subjects include herons, ospreys, eagles, bees, dragonflies and butterflies. Leavitt, who calls himself a photographic opportunist, says he comes across his subjects during “long daily meanderings along the Haw River, at Jordan Lake and at many local parks and ponds. I love to be outside, enjoying nature and photographing its beauty.” All exhibited art is for sale in the Nature Art Gallery, which is located in the museum store. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-4:45 p.m. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-707-9950. naturalsciences.org.
"You Are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences"
Through July 22
This exhibit features immersive art installations by 15 contemporary artists that engage the senses, activate the imagination and provide connections between the viewer and the work of art. The museum recently acquired Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's work, "Light of Life," a mirrored hexagonal box that features an enclosed “infinity room." The interior of the work is lined with mirrors and filled with LED lights that are programed to change patterns and colors in a dazzling two-minute light show. $15/adult, $9 ages 7-18. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. ncartmuseum.
"A Thousand Words: Photographs by Vietnam Veterans"
Opening July 27
View a moving collection of images taken by North Carolina soldiers in Vietnam. The exhibit was assembled by award-winning photojournalist and Winston-Salem resident Martin Tucker. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Mike Slobot's "There Are Robots on Every Corner"
Through Aug. 4
This exhibit in the first floor gallery and glass display case features Raleigh local artist Mike Slobot's original robot sculptures and paintings. His robot art creations are explored in both 2D and 3D mediums. The unique characters emerge with background stories (and futures). Slobots are the good guys and are an exercise in exploring human emotions, and work in conjunction with people, animals and the planet. Page Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. townofcary.org and slobots.com.
"Mazes and Brain Games"
Through Sept. 3
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. Purchase tickets online. $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.
"Beyond Curie: A Celebration of Women in Science"
Through Dec. 31
This exhibit features 40 women scientists, mathematicians and engineers who have made incredible advances in their fields, but never earned the recognition they deserve. They include all 16 female winners of the Nobel Prizes in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine/Physiology, and many others. Free. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-707-9950. naturalsciences.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
"The North Carolina Roots of Ernie Barnes"
Through March 3, 2019
View the unpublished, original paintings of Ernie Barnes, a professional artist who was born and raised in Durham. Barnes played professional football for five years, retiring at age 27 to pursue art. His unique style presents the figures in his paintings as colorful, elongated and seeming as though are in motion. He is known in pop culture for his art in the closing credits on the 1970's television series "Good Times," as well as the iconic dance scene that appeared on a Marvin Gaye album cover. His painting, "The Sugar Shack," was inspired by an actual dance at the Durham Armory. Artifacts from Barnes' life are also on display in the exhibit, which runs through March 3, 2019. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
image COURTESY of copyright ernie barnes family trust