Member exclusive! Collectors’ House Tour: John + Molly Chiles
Presented by CAM/now
CAM Raleigh Members: Enjoy an afternoon of art, architecture and champagne! Join us for an exclusive tour of local art collectors John and Molly Chiles’ home in Raleigh.
The tour will include a short introduction by the homeowners, a self-directed walk through the home’s impressive art collection and architectural design, and a champagne toast. Proceeds from this fundraiser event will support future CAM Raleigh exhibitions and programming.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity! Space is limited, so register online by October 9. Free to register; suggested entry donation at the event is $25/ individual, $40/couple. Not yet a member? Learn more about the benefits of joining the museum here.
About the collectors:
John and Molly Chiles first developed an interest in art by visiting the Art Institute of Chicago while in graduate school in Chicago. After an initial phase of buying art that matched the sofa, they bought their first piece of serious art—a tabletop sculpture by Louise Nevelson. In the 30 years since, they have added to their collection whenever their finances allowed.
Prior to moving to Raleigh, the Chiles spent 26 years in Toledo, where the combination of the Toledo Museum’s collection, friendships with museum staff and the resources available to museum members allowed their knowledge and interest in art and architecture to grow. When they decided to move to North Carolina in retirement, their charge to the architects of Tonic Design was to build a modernist house that would allow the couple to live with their paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The overriding focus of design was that aesthetics should trump everything else.
The collection consists primarily of artists of the couple’s generation, with some notable exceptions. The earliest pieces are small drawings by Jackson Pollock and Hans Hoffmann. More recent pieces include a painting by Roxy Paine and a sculpture by Aaron Curry. When possible they have collected more than one piece by an artist. Examples are works by Anselm Kiefer, Elizabeth Murray and Gerhard Richter.