October 2013 Update: Museum Exhibits in the Triangle

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Take your family to these Triangle-area exhibits that feature 200 years of Russian Decorative Arts, whirligigs created by a N.C. folk artist, the Civil War and outdoor sculptures.

Through Oct. 3
Whirligig Wonders
This exhibit features whirligigs created by the late North Carolina folk artist Vollis Simpson. On display are whirligigs that range from tabletop size to about 5 feet tall. Free. Hanes Art Center at the UNC-Chapel Hill. 919-962-2015. art.unc.edu/event/vollis-simpson-whirligigs.

Opening Oct. 4
The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts Under the Romanovs and Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art
These concurring exhibits celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Romanov imperial family and showcase the hidden treasures of Imperial Russia. The Tsars’ Cabinet: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative iconforexhibitsoctober.jpgArts Under the Romanovs features more than 230 objects that exemplify the craftsmanship of artisans under the Romanov tsars, from the reign of Peter the Great to that of Nicholas II. On display are richly ornate table services, a Fabergé gilded silver and shaded cloisonné enamel cigar case, porcelain items, elaborate urns and more. Windows into Heaven: Russian Icons from the Lilly and Francis Robicsek Collection of Religious Art brings together 36 Russian icons dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, during the time of the Romanovs. Tickets for both exhibits are $7 for adults, $5 for ages 7-17 and free for ages 6 and younger. Purchase tickets in the museum store or by calling 919-807-7835. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. ncmuseumofhistory.org. (Pictured at right, Vladimir Mother of God, egg tempera and gilt on wood, Russian, 19th century. Windows into Heaven brings together Russian Orthodox icons dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Photo courtesy of N.C. Museum of History.)

Through Oct. 25
Transformation: The Art of Charlie Lucas
This exhibit features the works of Charlie Lucas, a self-taught artist who transforms scrap metal and other salvaged materials into whimsical sculptures, collages and paintings. Free. Outsiders Art & Collectibles, 718-C Iredell St., Durham. 919-451-3231. outsiders-art.com/events/the-art-of-charlie-lucas.html.

Through Oct. 27
Turn the Radio On: Carolina Bluegrass
This exhibit features a case in the museum’s lobby that highlights the early years of bluegrass music in North Carolina during the golden age of radio in the 1930s and 1940s. Learn about Tar Heel musicians and see instruments that include George Shuffler’s 1941 Gibson J-45 guitar and Jim Shumate’s fiddle. This exhibit coincides with Raleigh’s hosting of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass convention and the Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in September. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Through Oct. 27
North Carolina and the Civil War: The Raging Storm, 1863
This exhibit focuses on a tumultuous year marked with intense battles and devastating loss of life. More than 10,000 Tar Heel soldiers were killed or wounded or died from disease in 1863. Artifacts on view include Civil War handguns, battle flags and uniforms, as well as surgical instruments used for amputations. The Raging Storm is part two of the museum’s three-part exhibit series, North Carolina and the Civil War: 1861-1865. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Through Jan. 26, 2014
Freedom Coming, Freedom for All
This exhibit focuses on the status of North Carolina before the Civil War, events leading up to Lincoln’s issuance of the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, and outcomes of the document in the state and nation. The second phase of this exhibit is presented in two parts. Part one, open through Oct. 6, features original copies of the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery in the United States and nullified the antebellum slave codes. On view is North Carolina’s original copy of the 13th Amendment and a letter from U.S. Secretary of State William Seward to Gov. Zebulon Vance about the document. The Amendment is comprised of two folded sheets of paper held together with a ribbon and a seal. The exterior folio is the U.S. Department of State letterhead with Secretary of State Seward’s signature certifying it is a true copy. The interior folio has the actual amendment. The document will be displayed closed, showing only the signature and seal page. Part two of the exhibit’s second phase, open Oct. 14, 2013-Jan. 26, 2014, will feature a handwritten copy of the 13th Amendment. Free. North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7900. ncmuseumofhistory.org.

Through June 14, 2014
Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition
This exhibit features 12 sculptures by nationally recognized artists. The exhibit is located on Academy Street in downtown Cary and features a downloadable audio tour online. Free. 919-531-2821. caryvisualart.org/programs/ose/2013.

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