Subtlety is a hallmark of brilliant art, whether it's the hint of a smile on the Mona Lisa or the cow on a motorcycle in the background of American Gothic. Dive into the details with this Groupon.
Choose from Three Options
- $10 for two admissions to the El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa exhibition (up to a $20 value)
- $19 for four admissions to the El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa exhibition (up to a $40 value)
- $30 for two admissions to the El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa exhibition, a $20 gift certificate for the museum gift shop, and a $20 gift certificate to Iris restaurant (up to a $60 total value)
The El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa exhibition traces the prolific 40-plus-year career of Anatsui, one of contemporary art’s most renowned practitioners. At the exhibition, visitors follow the artist’s career from his early woodwork in Ghana to today’s metal wall sculptures crafted in his Nigerian studio. The 60 pieces create an inspirational timeline, including eight wall sculptures and works that utilize found objects such as bottle caps, milk tins, and cassava graters.
Inside the museum gift shop, souvenirs such as glass box vases ($15) and mother-of-pearl necklaces ($20) provide artistic keepsakes, and at Iris restaurant, lunch, dinner, brunch, and dessert menus fill bellies with smoked salmon salads ($14) and turkey-and-provolone sandwiches ($12).
Image: El Anatsui, Sacred Moon, 2007, aluminum and copper wire, 103 x 141 in. Photo courtesy of Jack Shainman Gallery.
North Carolina Museum of Art
In 1947, the North Carolina Museum of Art made its initial acquisition, hauling in 139 works of European and American art purchased with state funds. In the 65 years since, the museum’s collection has continued to balloon, and today features pieces that range from Egyptian funerary art to sculpture and vase paintings from Greece and Rome. The 164-acre campus surrounds visitors with creativity around every corner, including across the museum park, where more than a dozen works showcase inspirations that were culled from the natural world or extracted from the brains of scarecrows who donated their bodies to science.
During summer months, the Arts in the Museum Park festival series organizes week after week of music and film events. On the weekends, rather than sewing their socks together, siblings can get closer with Family Fun Saturdays. Free guided tours weave guests through the museum’s halls daily. Visits can be capped off with a stop at the museum gift shop or at the elegant Iris restaurant, which dishes out contemporary American cuisine with regional and international twists.
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