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To accompany and enhance its exhibitions and other educational activities, the Gregg Museum schedules a wide range of programs, including lectures, artist residencies, film screenings, virtual and in-person tours, and other immersive art experiences throughout the year. All are open to NC State and general public audiences alike and provide a welcoming environment in which to discover and exchange ideas.

Summer 2023

Promotional poster for The Killers (1946) featuring Ava Gardner and Burt Lancaster.

Documentary Screening of Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine (2008)

Thursday, June 8, 6 p.m.

The Gregg Museum presents a film about the life and work of French-American artist, Louise Bourgeois. Although she is best known for her large-scale sculpture and installation art (especially her giant spiders), Bourgeois was also a prolific painter and printmaker.

Directed by Amei Wallach and Marion Cajori, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, the Mistress, and the Tangerine explores the life of the well-known abstract sculptor and the ritualistic processes through which she embodies traumatic memories in her artwork. Bourgeois and her work is hidden within numerous collages by Aldwyth in This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect, on view at the Gregg through October 7.

A young woman looks closely at a large collage made by Aldwyth.
A viewer getting up close and personal with Aldwyth’s, What’s Love Got to Do, Got to Do With It?

Self-Guided Slow Looking Experience

Thursday, June 22, 6 p.m.

The Gregg Museum will remain open until 8 p.m. to provide space and time for visitors to participate in a self-guided slow looking experience. Studies have found that visitors to art galleries spend an average of eight seconds looking at each work on display. But what happens when we spend five minutes, fifteen minutes, an hour or an evening really looking in detail at an artwork? This self-guided experience allows participants the opportunity to slow down, reflect, and form a more personal connection to the art they are experiencing. “Slow Looking” guides and gallery stools will be available at the front desk for all participants. For families, an “I Spy” activity will also be available upon request.

Still from The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

First Thursday Film Screening: The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)

Thursday, July 6, 6 p.m.

This summer, the Gregg Museum is hosting a series of three old films relevant to objects in the museum’s diverse and extensive permanent collection. The second, The Adventures of Prince Achmed, is a 1926 German animated fairytale and is the oldest surviving animated feature film in the world. It was made with a silhouette animation technique invented by Lotte Reiniger that is similar to Indonesian Wayang shadow puppets, though hers were animated frame by frame, not manipulated in live action. The Gregg Museum has a number of Wayang shadow puppets in its permanent collection.

Staff-Guided Tour of Selections from the Collections

Thursday, July 20, 3 p.m.

Join Gregg Museum of Art & Design education staff for a tour of Selections from the Collections, a recently installed exhibition curated entirely from the museum’s permanent collections. This exhibition, curated in the Historic Chancellor’s Residence, features objects from a variety of cultures and time periods including examples of photography, textiles, fashion, sculpture, and more. If you’re interested in learning more about the Gregg Museum’s holdings of over 54,000 objects, then this is the tour for you!

Mindfulness at the Museum: Morning Yoga

Thursday July 27, 10 a.m.

In partnership with our Hillsborough Street neighbors, the Alexander Family YMCA, the Gregg Museum will offer free morning yoga in the museum’s main lobby led by Jeff Manning. Please bring your own mat or beach towel and get ready to relax your mind.

Publicity photo of Carole Lombard for To Be or Not to Be (1942) by Robert Coburn (2016.021.008)

First Thursday Film Screening: To Be or Not To Be (1942)

Thursday, August 3, 6 p.m.

This summer, the Gregg Museum is hosting a series of three old films relevant to objects in the museum’s diverse and extensive permanent collection. The final film, To Be or Not To Be, is an American comedy film directed by Ernst Lubitsch. The film follows a troupe of actors in Nazi-occupied Warsaw who use disguises and acting skills to fool the occupying troops. Sadly, the film was released one month after lead actress Carole Lombard was killed in a plane crash. A publicity image for this film made by Robert Coburn of Carole Lombard is featured in the Gregg Museum’s permanent collection.

Two visitors looking at work in This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect at the Gregg Museum.

Wolfpack Welcome Week Tour of Current Exhibitions

Thursday, August 17, 3 p.m.

NC State students, faculty and staff: Here’s your chance to learn more about YOUR museum! In celebration of Wolfpack Welcome Week, join education staff at the Gregg Museum for a tour of current exhibitions including This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect and the museum’s recent installation of permanent collection objects.

Fall 2023

Darryl Curran, Holding Proofs, 1978. Cyanotype. Gift of the Artist (2017.009.001).

Workshop: Cyanotypes in the Sun

Thursday, August 24, 2:30 p.m.

Join in on this exciting cyanotype workshop led by photographer Cynthia Cukiernik. Cyanotype is a 170 year old photographic printing process that produces prints in a distinctive dark greenish-blue. No darkroom is needed, as this process uses the power of the sun. The word cyan comes from the Greek, meaning  “dark blue substance.” In this workshop, you will learn how to make your own cyanotypes in the sunshine! More details to come.

Untitled painting by Joe Cox
Joe Cox, Untitled, 1964

Opening Reception: Leading by Design

Thursday, September 7, 6 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of Leading by Design: Celebrating 75 Years of the College of Design with hors d’oeuvres, live music, and more. Curated in collaboration with NC State’s College of Design, Leading by Design celebrates the design school’s legacy by showcasing artworks from the Gregg Museum’s permanent collection created by professors and instructors associated with it in its formative years along with an audiovisual element that marks its ongoing impact in the 21st century. 

LA Adkins, LCSW

NC State Students ONLY- Mindful Moments: Sound Bath Meditation

Tuesday, September 19, 3:30 to 5 p.m.

In support of NC State’s wellness day, the Gregg Museum of Art & Design will give students an opportunity to rest and reset. LA Adkins will lead a sound therapy session, which is also known as a “sound bath.” The session will offer an immersive and holistic well-being experience for you to practice mindfulness and focus on the present moment. 

Sound therapy uses the sounds from crystal gemstone-infused singing bowls and other musical instruments to calm the nervous system and help you go inward and connect with your body. Some of the benefits of this practice are experiencing a sense of calm and deep relaxation, reduced stress, improved sleep and mood and better focus and concentration. Please bring a yoga mat or a blanket to lie down on. 

This program is for NC State students only. Registration is required for the sound therapy session. Space is limited. Registration will open Aug. 21.

Aldwyth, ré-su-mé/re-sume, 1999. From the collection of Ellen Cassilly and Frank Konhaus of Cassilhaus.

Staff-Guided Tour of This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect

Thursday, October 5, 6 p.m.

This is your last chance to take a guided tour through This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect before it closes on October 7. In this tour, you will discover the art historical references and inspirations embedded within the intricate collages in This is Not: Aldwyth in Retrospect. Taken as a whole, Aldwyth’s art deals with themes of personal and art history, articulating the position of an artist standing outside the so-called “art world” and looking in. Uniting much of this art is her commitment to questioning inherited notions of what constitutes art and art history.

Programs are open to the public and admission is free. Stay tuned for upcoming programs, tours, and other updates! You can check out past events on our Past Programs page.

The Gregg Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday 10am-5 pm. Closed Mondays. Events are open to the public and admission is free.

The Gregg Museum of Art & Design strives to maintain the best accessibility standards possible. If you need access accommodations or have suggestions for improving accessibility at the Gregg, call 919-515-3503 or e-mail us prior to your visit.