One of the most radical, creative, and innovative museums in North Carolina, the SECCA was established in 1956 within the solid stone walls of the estate that was originally built in 1929 by the James G. Hanes family. Hanes was an energetic textile mogul and founder of the company best known today for the manufacture of underwear. The original structure, bequeathed by Hanes to SECCA "for the enjoyment of art in a home-like setting," was designed to resemble a much-enlarged version of a stone manor house in the Cotswold district of England. Two massive greenhouse-style enlargements were added in the mid-1970s. This is a showplace for the exposition of avant-garde and cutting-edge contemporary art. One of the strengths (and weaknesses) of this place is its lack of a permanent collection. Everything you'll see here is conceived and constructed only for exhibitions that last up to a maximum of about 3 months.
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