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Break the Mold: New Takes on Traditional Art Making

  • Dates: September 25, 2021 - February 6, 2022
  • Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Venue: North Carolina Museum of Art
  • Location: West Raleigh/N.C. State Univ/PNC Arena
  • Address: 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC 27607
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • Admission: Free


Break the Mold showcases contemporary artists who use traditional modes of art making and crafting to tackle timely subject matter. Innovative takes on embroidery, ceramics, quilting, furniture, interior design, and fashion accessories serve to explore diverse topics such as gender assumptions and inequalities, prison reform, racial justice, memory, and loss, as well as how objects transmit and transform social and cultural history. This show features 25 contemporary artists, including Sanford Biggers, Elizabeth Brim, Maria Britton, Julie Cockburn, Rodney McMillan, Rachel Meginnes, Katy Mixon, Gabriel de la Mora, Yasumasa Morimura, Thomas Schmidt, Shinique Smith, and Do Ho Suh, whose artworks are displayed alongside their historical predecessors.