Charlotte is a city brimming with arts and culture at every corner and the Levine Center for the Arts serves as Charlotte’s key cultural destination. As one of the country’s largest and most impactful philanthropic organizations, the Levine Center for the Arts is comprised of the Mint Museum Uptown, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African- American Arts + Culture and the Knight Theater.
MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN
Representing one of the largest collections in the Southeast, the Mint Museum Uptown offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art and design from around the world through innovative collections, cutting-edge exhibitions and riveting educational programs. You’ll find contemporary, American, and craft and design collections in this five-story, 145,000-square-foot facility. The Mint Museum Uptown is the second location of the museum with the first being the Mint Museum Randolph, which served as the original location of the first U.S. Mint. Admission tickets provide access to both locations. Both locations also offer free admission on Wednesday evenings from 5-9 p.m.
Featured Exhibit- Connecting The World: The Panama Canal at 100 (Open through Feb. 1, 2015)
The centennial of the opening of the canal makes it the perfect time to take a look at the historic works of art that captured this momentous event. The exhibit features the notable Bucyrus 50-B steam shovel used to widen the canal as well as works by contemporary artist Mel Chin.
BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art houses works by artists including Picasso, Calder and Warhol in an intimate museum designed by renowned Swiss architect Mario Botta. The terra-cotta-tiled museum features works in all mediums along with books, photographs and letters accumulated over 70 years and previously held as a private collection of the Bechtler family of Zurich, Switzerland. As a 36,500-square-foot building, this cosmopolitan museum is the only one in the southeast dedicated to the exhibition of mid-20th century European modern art. Its plaza is also home to the beloved Firebird sculpture created by French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle.
Featured Exhibit - British Invasion (Open through Feb. 18, 2015)
A representation of British art found in the Bechtler collection from the 1950s through the 1970s, this exhibit is comprised of 56 print, drawing, sculpture and painting works by artists such as Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson and Bridget Riley.
HARVEY B. GANTT CENTER FOR AFRICAN-AMERICAN ARTS + CULTURE
Named for prominent architect and Charlotte’s first African-American mayor, Harvey Gantt, this museum’s design is as fascinating as its exhibits and permanent collections. Works by well-known North Carolina artists like John Biggers and Romare Bearden celebrate African-American art and expressive culture while also serving as a community hub for music, dance, visual art and more. This iconic museum is also Charlotte’s skinniest building at only 45 feet wide.
Featured Exhibit - 40 and Counting: Celebrating Forty Years at the Gantt Center Through Art, Culture and Community (Open through Jan. 19, 2015)
This exhibit shines a light on the organization’s 40-year journey with works shown previously in 16 very different exhibitions, including paintings, works on paper, sculpture, African art, textiles, photography and public art.
This article ran in the January 2015 issue of Charlotte Happenings.