Travel columnist George Taylor visited the M. C. Escher and Leonardo Da Vinci exhibits at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Check out his thoughts on this once-in-a-lifetime exhibit!
I had the opportunity to visit the M. C. Escher Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art. I’d never visited the Museum of Art before, so I was pretty excited. Actually, this is probably my first ever visit to a major art museum outside of the Smithsonian.
If you want to visit the M. C. Escher Exhibit, you’ll need to move quickly! The final day is January 17, 2016!
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About the M. C. Escher Exhibit
Comprising more than 130 woodcuts, lithographs, wood engravings, and mezzotints, as well as numerous drawings, watercolors, wood blocks, and lithographic stones never before exhibited,The Worlds of M. C. Escher surveys the Dutch graphic artist’s entire career, from his earliest print to his final masterpiece.
The exhibition highlights Escher’s explorations of nature, mathematics, science, and the realm of his imagination. Escher’s best-known prints will be on view, as well as his lesser-known portraits and Italian landscapes, in the most comprehensive Escher exhibition ever presented in the United States. The works are on loan from leading public Escher collections, including those at the National Gallery of Art and the National Gallery of Canada,and several of the foremost private collections of Escher’s work.
My wife and I were very excited for the visit, especially since we’ve been fans of Escher’s work for as long as we can remember. We took our twelve year-old and his best friend since they had expressed an interest in the museum and they both love art.
When you purchase a ticket, you’re buying a single ticket that admits you to the Escher and Da Vinci exhibits. Most of the permanent exhibits at the Museum of Art are free!
Cameras are not allowed in the M. C. Escher exhibit. The images were provided by the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Enjoying the M. C. Escher Exhibit
I was very surprised at the size of the collection and the gallery space. It only felt crowded at the very beginning; mainly due to the smaller size of the first room.
The exhibit and the exhibit space is set up in a chronological look at Escher’s work. It’s an obvious starting point and it was wonderful to see the growth and changes in the artist’s work.
There were so many prints. It was eye-opening to see the drafts, so to speak and how the prints evolved. The descriptions really added to the displays and offered you the opportunity to examine the work in a different light.
The museum staff was amazing! So helpful, courteous and nice. They wanted to make sure that we enjoyed ourselves and still stuck to the rules. We never felt out of place or like we were a burden to the staff. They were extremely congenial.
The entire exhibit took about an hour and I felt like I still moved through it rather quickly. There were two unique areas outside of the exhibit. There was a wall with mirrored half-domes that you could use to take photos. They made for some great selfies. There was also an Infinity Cube that was created by several NCSU students. It was extremely mesmerizing.
Engineering Infinity features an outreach project with the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University (NCSU). Over the course of two semesters, four seniors found inspiration in M. C. Escher’s and Leonardoda Vinci’s work to create a display for the public. Using the design process as their framework (ask, imagine, plan, create, and improve), the students designed an “infinity cube.” They applied ingenuity and their expertise in developing a system that integrates sensors, mirrors, and lights to create the illusion of infinite space within the cube.
Surrounding the interactive display, a timeline documents the design process with visual references to works by Escher and Leonardo, exploratory sketches for prototypes, photographs taken during construction, and examples of productive failure. The students’ experience is captured in video interviews.
Visiting the M. C. Escher Exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art
- $18 Adults
- $15 Seniors (65+), military, groups of 10+, college students with current ID
- $12 Youth 7−18
- Free: Members (first visit), children 6 and under, college students on Friday nights 5−9 pm (with current ID)
When George Taylor isn’t covering travel for Carolina Blogging, you can find him writing and talking about theme parks, Disney and books at ImagiNERDing and at Communicore Weekly, Communicore Weekly is a podcast that looks at Disney Parks, theme park history and themed entertainment (like Disney movies).