North Carolina native William Ivey Long is one of the most renowned theatrical costume designers working today. This exhibition, organized by The Mint Museum, explores Long's most recent work, from 2007 to today. It features the theatrical productions The Lost Colony (redesigned 2007–2008), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012), Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella (2013), Little Dancer (2014), and On the Twentieth Century (2015), as well as the television specials Grease Live! (2016), and The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let's Do the Time Warp Again (2016). Focusing on Long's process, it features sketches, swatches, mood boards, and other preparatory materials in addition to the costumes themselves. Because costume design is not an area in which the Mint collects, it provides visitors with exposure to this form of art and allow for comparison of the different goals of theatrical costume and fashion. The exhibition is co-curated by Annie Carlano and Rebecca Elliot.
Focused on 21st century long gowns, from cocktail attire to wedding dresses, this exhibition highlights the meticulous craftsmanship, attention to detail, and fine materials characteristic of couture. Also highlighted is the inherent architecture of fashion from the pattern pieces, cut, and construction methods, sometimes layered with innovative decorative flourishes of surface design. Charlotte Collects presents an array of international designs including extraordinary creations by Roberto Cavalli, Dolce & Gabbana, Carolina Herrera, Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Issey Miyake, Isaac Mizrahi, Rochas, Rodarte, Jason Wu, Valentino, Giambattista Valli, and Junya Watanabe.
Develar y Detonar features the powerful, thought-provoking work of more than 40 of Mexico's leading photographers. This not-to-be-missed exhibition examines the wide range of approaches that these photographers use to explore subjects, ranging from their own personal histories and relationships to their engagement with the country's diverse landscape. Develar y detonar promises to open an engaging dialogue around the power of photography to both document and question many aspects of modern life, examining issues that are not isolated to residents of Mexico but that stretch across cultures and borders, connecting us all.
Develar y Detonar is part of a community-wide initiative celebrating Mexican photography titled In Focus/Enfoque, which involves arts and cultural organizations across Charlotte.
Note: Parents may wish to preview the exhibition before viewing with younger visitors.
ENJOY:A cash bar serving red and white wine from 5:30–8:30 p.m. in the Mint Museum Uptown Shop.ONE NIGHT ONLY savings on selected merchandise in the Uptown Shop - plus one FREE wine refill per customer.
Entertainment by Tom Billotto and special guests each week.
Yoga + Wine: If you participate in Yoga at the Mint beforehand and come to the shop in your yoga gear, you'll qualify for an extra 5% off the night's shopping special!
Little artists and their adult companions explore the museum galleries and create art in this playful class centered on creativity, fine-motor skills, and confidence-building. Explore different media and try out new art-making techniques in each class, including drawing, painting, cutting, and constructing.
Ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult
Squishy Clay Play: Show us your art muscles by squishing, pounding, rolling, and forming a trio of fun clay pots, and investigate scale by looking for small, medium, and LARGE clay vessels in the North Carolina pottery.
ArtBreak tours are free, 30 minute guided tours each third Thursday of the month at Mint Museum Uptown, the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture.
Whether it's an introductory experience for a first-time visitor or a deeper cultural experience for those already familiar with Levine Center for the Arts institutions, the 30 minute tours will provide a brief but focused encounter with art with people who have a limited amount of time-and will allow time to grab lunch as well.
Visitors can choose one of the three museums for each date, and experience a tour structured around a common theme reflecting the nature of permanent collections or special exhibitions on view. (Each theme lasts for three months-enough to experience all three institutions!)
Shortly after he was born in Charlotte, Romare Bearden's family relocated to Harlem. The time he spent immersed in the vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance during the 1920s forever influenced his career as a visual artist. Especially important was the effect of Harlem's jazz scene, many of whose members were close friends of the artist and his family. For Bearden, jazz, the blues, and folk music were always cultural subjects that epitomized the Black experience. Yet, music was also a creative stimulant for Bearden. He often equated the visual arts to music and the painter to the musician. "The more I just played around with visual notions as if I were improvising like a jazz musician," he once explained, "the more I realized what I wanted to do as a painter, and how I wanted to do it." This exhibition explores and celebrates the impact music had on the visual harmony in Romare Bearden's work.
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In the decades between the Great Depression and World War II, the United States underwent drastic changes. The art scene was certainly not immune to these changes and endured its own disruptions. Some American artists opposed European influence to increasingly focus on purely American subjects and document uniquely American experiences. Known as Regionalists, or American Scene painters, these artists absorbed inspiration from their immediate surroundings and captured the exceptional character of every region of the country. This exhibition, culled from a private collection, features the work of more than a dozen artists who developed individual approaches to the changing face of modern American art during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
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