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The N.C. Museum of Art celebrates North Carolina native John Biggers, one of the leading and most celebrated figures in the evolution of African-American art, with an installation ceremony and acquisition celebration. The museum will install an untitled work, completed in 1994 (pictured), which features two colossal African women, surrounding a community of African Americans who embrace each other as they look toward a new dawn. The painting presents a figurative union of African and African-American experiences, a theme often visited by Biggers, who sought to address the past, present and future of peoples of the African Diaspora. The celebration includes an address by chief curator John Coffey, an introduction by the artist's wife, Hazel Biggers, hors d'oeuvres, dancing and live jazz music. The installation ceremony will be held Friday, Sept. 20, 11 a.m. in the Modern and Contemporary Gallery; the acquisition celebration will be on Saturday, Sept. 21, 7-11 p.m. in the Museum Auditorium. The N.C. Museum of Art is located at 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh. Admission for the Saturday event ranges from $55-$115, with reduced rates for couples and Friends. For more information or for reservations call 839-6262 (ext. 2216) or visit the Museum site at www.ncartmuse --olufunke moses

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