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The Contemporary Art Museum's new exhibition, Art in Transition II--some kind of dream, is part two of CAM's three-part series marking the transition of CAM's new space from empty warehouse to full-fledged museum space. Curator Raphaela Platow says that the third exhibition in the series, Art in Transition III, will be put up when the museum is renovated in a year and a half. "I also wanted a series that would present artists from North Carolina in a broader context," she says, "so when I moved here three years ago, I started visiting a lot of artists' studios and tried to find out what interests they have, and based my ideas for the series on those studio visits." So the current show plays on the artists' expressed interest in exploring dreams, while presenting six North Carolina artists alongside five from all over the world. One of those artists, Japan's Chiharu Shiota, will occupy the gallery's main level during the show, with a work incorporating 40 single beds deaccessioned by Dorothea Dix Hopsital, and 120 pounds of yarn woven into a mysterious web-like environment. (Shiota's "Breathing from Earth" is pictured above.) Meanwhile, Triangle artists Michael Salter, Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, elin o'Hara slavick, Cici Stevens and Sally Van Gorder (who has just received an emerging artist grant by Wake United Arts), will also show new work. The opening reception is Thursday, April 11, from 7-10 p.m. The exhibition continues through May 26. Call 836-0088 for details.

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