One Museum, Two Locations


  Mint Museum Uptown 

500 South Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202
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  Mint Museum Randolph

2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
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Nick Cave. American, 1959-
Created: 2007
Materials: Fabricated, beaded, and sequined body suit, metal armature, metal Victorian flowers
Dimensions: H 102" x W 36" x D 24"

An Alvin Ailey-trained dancer, Nick Cave is best known for his sculptural costumes exhibited in art galleries and ritualistic costumes worn for live performances. He received his B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute and his M.F.A. from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills Michigan, and since 1989 has taught surface design courses in the Fiber Arts Program at the Art Institute of Chicago. As a college student, he was immediately interested in the expressive potential of textiles, as well as ways of movement.

His Soundsuits address the issues confronting a black male in America and function both as  static museum displays and as energetic performative pieces. Cave discovered the Soundsuits’ potential to alter the wearer’s identity: once inside the costume, it’s impossible to tell if one is male or female, white or black or brown, American or Asian. Although fragile and cumbersome, this suit could easily sprint into motion. The materials incorporated—flowers from a thrift-store Victorian chandelier, scraps from a traditional Bolivian costume, and bits of metal and beads—are throw-away objects transformed into something valuable and lovely. Cave sews—never glues—the elements together, giving a nod (or perhaps a brightly-sequined wink) to traditional craft forms like crocheting and quilting.

Museum Purchase: Founders’ Circle Annual Cause. Photography by James Prinz 2009.19.1A-OOOOO

What To See

The Mint Museum’s Schiff-Bresler Family Fiber Art Gallery has a new look, with works by Nick Cave, Edwina Bringle, Ian Woo, Carol Eckert, and more joining Hildur Bjarnadóttir’s Urban Color Palette, Charlotte.

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Things To Do

No matter which location you visit or if you are a student, adult, or family, an experience at The Mint Museum is as unforgettable as it is inspiring.

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Shop At The Mint

From exhibition-specific merchandise to collection-inspired books and products, the shops at both locations offer gifts as tasteful and elegant as the museum itself.

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Rent The Mint

Whether it’s a wedding, a corporate event, or any special occasion, The Mint Museum offers an unparalleled experience at its two dynamic locations.

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Sep 26 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM


Friends of the Mint: CATS Art in Transit

Become a member of Friends of the Mint and ride the Blue Line Extension  to view public art. (also offered September 29)

Sep 26 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Mint Museum Uptown & Randolph

Free Wednesday Evenings

Both locations of The Mint Museum offer free admission every Wednesday from 5–9 PM. READ MORE

Sep 26 5:30 PM - 7:45 PM

Mint Museum Uptown

NC Yoga Bar at the Mint

Participate in a one-hour yoga class with NC Yoga Bar and then explore the Mint’s galleries* every week during Free Wednesday Evenings. READ MORE

Sep 26 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Mint Museum Uptown & Randolph

Mint on the Dot!

Stop by during your visit at Mint Museum Uptown or Mint Museum Randolph for a 10-minute art chat in the Mint Museum Galleries. READ MORE

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