Stargazing in the Museum Park
August 15, 2014
8:30 PM – 11:00 PM$10 Contemporaries $15 Non-members and guests
Join the NCMA Contemporaries, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and Raleigh Astronomy Club for a unique opportunity to stargaze in the Museum Park. In addition to a chance to see Saturn and Mars through professional telescopes, tickets include beer and snacks. For age 21+.
Upcoming Third Friday Tours
June 20 and July 18*
Happy hour, 6:30 pm
Free tour, 7:30 pm
The Contemporaries Third Friday tour series is a hit! Join us and mingle at the wine bar before enjoying a free guided tour.
Docents choose their favorite works of art, behind-the-scenes locations, or galleries to explore every third Friday. Attend eight or more tours throughout the year, and you will be invited to a Contemporaries-only graduation ceremony.
*Contemporaries members and other Triangle-area young professionals are invited to a happy hour and docent-led tour of the exhibition Estampas de la raza/Prints for the People: The Romo Collection on July 18. Admission is free for Contemporaries and Museum members, $5 for nonmembers and guests. Register in advance; space is limited.
NCMA Contemporaries board member Bobo Deng has been involved with the Contemporaries for more than three years. After returning to Raleigh and in search of new friends, she found the NCMA Contemporaries through the Museum Web site. And the rest, as they say, is history …
NCMA: So, Bobo, what is your favorite work of art at the Museum?
BD: I have too many favorites in the collection to pick just one. But I began visiting the Museum Park, so I would say my first favorite piece is the Lowe’s Pavilion. What I love about it is that you don’t have to know anything about art to appreciate the structure—it gives you shade and a cool place to hang out. It looks like a normal metal structure from afar, but when you get close, the walls are crooked!
NCMA: What Contemporaries event have you enjoyed the most?
BD: The tour of the NCMA’s Conservation Lab wins by far. Without knowing much about conservation, I thought it might not be the most interesting tour, but I was wrong! It was super fascinating to see the chemical makeup of paints and how varnish technologies have evolved over the years.
NCMA: If you could have lunch with an artist, who would you choose? Would your answer change if we said pillow fight?
BD: Salvador Dali and his ocelot, Babou! I would not want to be in a pillow fight with them, though; they would shred the pillows.
NCMA: Are you in a creative field?
BD: Nope! That’s exactly why I’m involved with the Contemporaries. It satisfies my artistic cravings.