Despite the fact that there is no Bee's Nest or a bar in the bottom of the CAM building called The Hive (although we have one of those over on Wilmington Street now), local architects Clearscapes and California design stars Brooks + Scarpa have created a beautifully simple building that will serve as the new cultural hub for Raleigh's Warehouse District. CAM's new building broke ground almost exactly one year ago and workers have been working hard to meet the opening date and this weekend will be the first time for the public to see the building and the art inside.
CAM's inaugural exhibition features work by artists Dan Steinhilber and Naoko Ito who have created some site specific installations that are as much fun to look at as they are to walk around, under and between. Steinhilber's colorful and temporary installations are a perfect fit for the airy upstairs space while the serene works of Ito create a dark and beautiful underworld in the lower floor. Also, don't miss the installation in the back room of the basement. We won't tell you more but know that it's a Flavin-esque experience and one of our favorite aspects of CAM's first show. There's also a streetside interactive tonight put on by the NC State Advanced Media Lab that you won't want to miss. Think large scale Kinect interface painting on a brick wall.
CAM will celebrate its opening weekend with multiple parties tonight (Friday) and a street festival tomorrow. Tickets for the 7-9pm opening gala are Sold Out but there are still a few tickets left for the CAM/now After Party from 9-11pm which features beers from Carolina Brewery, Big Boss, along with PBR and wine and gourmet desserts from local favorites Escazu, Crumb, and Locopops. Tickets are $50 and can be bought here (they are expected to sell out by this afternoon). Note: this is a fundraiser for CAM hence the pricetag. As well, Kings is hosting an after-after party with Smith Westerns at 11pm. A full night of parties in downtown.
On Saturday and Sunday, CAM will be open to the public with the ribbon cutting by Mayor Meeker at 11am on Saturday. Admission will be free. More info here.
We are very excited about CAM's opening and the fact that we expect the Warehouse District to grow rapidly after its opening. We are already hearing about a few things coming West that have us excited about 2011 and 2012 in the warehouse district. We also have a great idea about a new music venue that we'll share soon. Chek out CAM this weekend and let us know what you think. Below are a few teaser photos of the building without art, we'll let you go see the art for yourself this weekend.
Long Road to CAM (Indy Week)