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The Contemporary Art Museum: Now’s The Time Its home may be brand new, but the path leading to the Contemporary Art Museum’s front door has been a work in progress for nearly three decades. By illyse lane


or years, Raleigh has been slowly but surely putting itself on the map as a city with an emerging, vibrant downtown. When April 30th arrives, it’ll add another feather to its cap as the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) opens its doors in the historic warehouse district. With its light-filled, technologically savvy new home located in a renovated, early 20th century warehouse, this non-collecting museum will offer three rotating exhibits, including a space completely devoted to emerging artists. And if you’re not sure you’re a fan of contemporary art, Rosemary Wyche, Director of Development, helps us understand what to expect. “Often, the words contemporary and modern are used

Even More Movie Magic Just when you thought going to the movies couldn’t get any better! By illyse lane

interchangeably, but contemporary actually means now and in the present,” she explains. So what does this mean in terms of what you’ll see? CAM will focus on art and design that is current and fresh, spanning many different styles. Because of the revolving nature of the exhibits, it’s also highly likely that you’ll be able to experience actual installations, making CAM an interactive experience. “We don’t just want to you to come and look, we want you to be a part of what’s going on. We want you to think about the process of creating and have this be a center for creative thought,” says Frank Thompson, former board chair. “It will be as if you’re visiting a restaurant with an open kitchen.” The museum will also


e already knew that Downtown Raleigh’s very own Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles had earned bragging rights as North Carolina’s only giant screen, measuring a tremendous 70 feet wide and 50 feet tall. But when the upgraded theatre reopened in early February with fresh carpet, more comfortable seating, enhanced audio and a new, state-of-theart, 3-D IMAX projection system, it added another notch in its movie belt, making it one of the first institutions in the world to upgrade to the new 3-D IMAX technology. “More and more movies are being digitally remastered for IMAX theatres. With our previous projection system, we did not have access to

offer this interactive experience to the younger art appreciating audience through educational programs and camps. Thompson, who has been involved with CAM since 1986, and Wyche are both quick to credit the hard work and dedication of numerous volunteers, board members, individual families and local businesses, including the North Carolina Museum of Art and Mayor Meeker, as well as the museum’s successful collaboration with NC State University’s College of Design with helping to make CAM a reality. “The opening is the completion of a vision and the beginning of a new path for contemporary art, for the warehouse district, and for the city,” says Wyche.

a number of those films,” explains Katy Hipp Burgwyn, Director of Marketing and Communications. “By upgrading to the newest IMAX 3-D technology, the Wachovia IMAX Theatre at Marbles will have access to even more films.” You can count on the Wachovia Imax Theatre to feature both entertaining and educational films throughout the year. Here’s what’s coming: March 11: Disney’s Mars Needs Moms, An IMAX 3-D Experience April 8: Born to Be Wild 3-D June 24: Cars 2, An IMAX 3-D Experience   

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