February 19, 2018

North Carolina has one of the few state-owned art museums in the country. It’s a welcome expression of the state’s better nature, especially considering that the government lately has been better known for  the infamous

House Bill 2, systematic racial gerrymandering, and unlawful voter suppression.

The West Building, which houses the permanent collection, is an internationally significant work of architecture. Architect Thomas Phifer designed the building, which was completed in 2010. Phifer is based in New York but has roots in the Carolinas: He holds two degrees from Clemson, and early in his career he worked at firms in Charlotte and Greenville. Notably, the museum has its origins in a 1920’s bequest of artworks and funding from one Robert F. Phifer. I don’t know whether he and the architect are related.

The building sits calmly in the landscape, a strong yet low-key presence amid gravel paths...

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