ON DISPLAY: 4 Exhibits to see now in Charlotte

The Qcity is home to some of the finest museums in the nation. Even the buildings are works of art.

The Qcity is home to some of the country’s finest art museums. From wearable art and stunning photographs to folk art and paintings depicting the power of the human spirit, there is much on display. Here are four exhibits to see now in the Qcity:

JOHN BIGGERS: WHEELS IN WHEELS – Through 2017 @ Mint Museum Uptown: For the first time, visitors to the Mint Museum have an opportunity to see more of a significant body of John Bigger’s works with this exhibit featuring 12 important paintings, drawings and prints alone with a rare example of the artist’s sculpture. The Gastonia native, a favorite of the late Maya Angelou, is known for his artistic ability to weave together and articulate broader cultural and historical concerns. Common themes in his work include the importance of women and family and the power of the human spirit to triumph over adversity. (www.mintmuseum.org)

This lithograph from John Biggers titled "Family Arc" was created in 1992.
This lithograph from John Biggers titled “Family Arc” was created in 1992.

HERE & NOW: 80 YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHY AT THE MINT MUSEUM – Through September 18 @ The Mint Museum Uptown: The first exhibit drawn solely from the Mint Museum’s permanent collection, this exhibition features approximately 215 of the Mint’s most stunning and provocative photographs including recent acquisitions and many never-before-seen treasures alongside signature works. Also on display at The Mint, “Pumped: The Art & Craft of Shoemaking. (www.mintmuseum.org)

Several captivating images like this one on display at The Mint Museum.
Several captivating images like this one are on display at The Mint Museum.

NELLIE ASHFORD: THROUGH MY EYES – Through January 2017 @ The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture: Charlotte native, Nellie Ashford is a self-proclaimed folk artist whose work expresses cultural identity, shared community values and aesthetics. This new installation at the Gantt showcases thirty newly crafted mixed-media works by the renowned self-taught artist, whose work expresses cultural identity, shared community values and aesthetics. (www.ganttcenter.org)

Rooted in tradition, memories and experiences, folk art is said to be the art of everyday people. See the works of self-taught folk artist Nellie Ashford along with two other exhibits - Shaping the Vessel: Mascoll + Samuel & Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation - currently on display at the Gantt Center.
Rooted in tradition, memories and experiences, folk art is said to be the art of everyday people. Here, a museum patron poses with folk art at the Gantt Center, where the works of self-taught folk artist Nellie Ashford along with two other exhibits – Shaping the Vessel: Mascoll + Samuel & Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation are currently on display.

ALL THAT SPARKLES – Through January 8 @ The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art: Showcasing an art form often overlooked, this exhibition explores transformation and expansion of artist expression through miniature conversational pieces and wearable art. From brooches to monoprints, All That Sparkles will feature artists from the Bechtler collection including Alberto Giacometti, Alicia Penalba, Raffael Benazzi, and Niki de Saint Phalle along with works from Harry Bertoia and Claire Falkenstein. (www.bechtler.org)

The crown jewel of the Bechtler Museum is the building itself. A true work of art, it's one of only two in the country ever designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta.
FUN FACT: The Bechtler Museum is one of only two in the country ever designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta.

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