Calling Art & Food Lovers Alike … Please join The Mint Museum and Davidson College for a very special Kindred Spirits Art & Food Outing in celebration of the amazing Women of Abstract Expressionism exhibition. Luxury Transportation Provided
9: 30 AM - Depart Mint Museum Uptown for Davidson College
10:30 AM - Tour of Davidson College Sculpture Garden, conducted by Shaw Smith
Noon - Private Lunch at Kindred, voted one of America's Best New Restaurants in 2015 according to Bon Appétit magazine
1:30 PM - Return to Mint Museum Uptown
2:00 PM - Curator-led tour of Women of Abstract Expressionism
Participants are asked to pay a $100 fee, which will provide further financial support for Women of Abstract Expressionism.
Please reserve your spot today. Maximum Capacity: 60 Guests First Come, First Served.
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.
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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Join Friends of the Mint for a program with Brian Rutenberg, artist and painter from New York. Brian is an award-winning abstract painter using vibrant color, traditional and non-traditional material to create his work. From the salt marshes and moss-draped live oaks of the South Carolina Lowcountry to the New York art world, Clear Seeing Place takes the reader behind the studio door to explore the making of a painter in intimate detail. Brimming with the joy of the process and a love of art history, Brian reveals the places, people, and experiences that led to the paintings.
It's party time in the Mint studios! Go on an after-hours tour of the fiber art collection, enjoy an adult beverage with a friend, and create your own shibori dye tote bag. This isn't your average "sip & paint" class - plan to dress for a mess and bring your creativity! Registration includes admission, art materials, and instruction. BYO beer or wine.
The Founders Circle and the Young Affiliates of the Mint are proud to present the 4th Annual Mint Oyster Roast. What started as a one-time event has become an annual tradition on the lawn of the MMR. As with years past, we will have all the oysters and low country boil you can eat while they last and s'mores for the kid in all of us. Beer, wine, and water included. Don't wait! Tickets are expected to sell out again this year!
Tickets are limited to the first 300 people.
Early Bird Tickets - purchased by 1/12/18: Mint Member - $35/non-member - $40Standard Tickets - purchased 1/13/18 thru 2/2/18: Mint Member - $45/non-member - $50Day of Event Tickets - purchased on 2/3/18: $60
Open to fans of Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings. This pre-Civil War story presents two extraordinary women: one an urban slave descended from Fon people of western Africa; the other a planter-class Charlestonian who evolves into a Quaker abolitionist and feminist. See selected works of art that help bring to life the historic events and social customs depicted in this work. Children over 12 welcome.
These fun, interactive bilingual (Spanish/English) mornings incorporate music, plays, and stories geared specially for families with children ages 0-6. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome!