August 2019: Exhibits Across the Triangle
From space to 'The Story of BBQ'
“Step Right Up”
Through Aug. 31 – See “stickwork” by Chapel Hill-based artist Patrick Dougherty. The large-scale piece — comprised of five individual stickwork sculptures — was constructed entirely of tree saplings and is on view in front of the museum. Free. Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St., Chapel Hill.
“150 Faces of Durham”
Through Sept. 3 – As part of the city’s sesquicentennial commemoration, this photography exhibit showcases 150 images of diverse groups of individuals who impacted the Durham community from 1869 to the present. Free. Durham Museum, 500 W. Main St., Durham.
“The Audubon Experience”
Through Sept. 15 – Become immersed in scenes from forests and jungles, mimicking what American ornithologist and painter John James Audubon would have experienced during his travels throughout the world. Learn about the naturalist’s life and artistic process in a video room adjacent to the gallery that displays his world-renowned book, “The Birds of America.” Today only about 200 complete sets of ”The Birds of America” exist in the world. Free. North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh.
“The Story of BBQ in N.C.”
Through Sept. 29 – Explore the culture of barbecue in North Carolina, from its early history of cooking meats over flames and coals to modern methods. Discover the fun rivalry of “east versus west” barbecue that incorporates different bases, sauces and condiments. Free. City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville St., Raleigh.
“Wildlife in North Carolina”
Through Dec. 31 – See winning photos in this annual competition that aims to encourage individuals of all ages to take part in nature photography and to foster greater understanding and appreciation of North Carolina’s wildlife and wild places. Free. North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh.
“One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race”
Through Jan. 5 – Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with an interactive exhibit that features artifacts on loan from the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, including a Presidential Medal of Freedom, astronaut John Young’s Apollo 16 chronograph, and a training helmet. Try out the Gemini training module from Morehead Planetarium or test your ability to follow directions at Mission Control during a critical phase in the Apollo 11 mission. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
“QuiltSpeak: Uncovering Women’s Voices Through Quilts”
Through March 8 – See quilts designed by women whose voices have been silenced by illiteracy, exhaustion, racial oppression and gender inequity. Learn how to “speak quilt” through an interactive quilting glossary, become a quilt sleuth to uncover what the physical qualities of quilts reveal about their makers, piece patterns together, and more. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
“Way Out West: Celebrating the Gift of the Hugh A. McAllister Jr. Collection”
Through Aug. 25 – View 20-plus examples of art related to the American West and Southwest, featuring nearly 80 works spanning more than 150 years by artists such as Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Edward Weston.