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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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

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Sep 20 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM

Mint Museum Uptown

ArtBreak at Levine Center For The Arts


ArtBreak tours are free, 30-minute guided tours each third Thursday of the month at Mint levine centerMuseum 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. Note: during the months of July, August, and September, Mint Museum Uptown ArtBreak tours will be conducted outside and will feature sculptures in the immediate Uptown area:
  • “Spiral Odyssey” by Richard Hunt (Romare Bearden Park)
  • “El Caballo” and “El Toro” by Spanish artist Jesus Sanchez
  • “The Green” by Carolyn Braaksma
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!) Support is provided by the THRIVE Fund, established to provide financial stability to Charlotte’s cultural sector and currently administered by Foundation For The Carolinas.

Sep 20 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Mint Museum Uptown

Grand Re-Opening for Mint Museum Uptown: MAINFRAME opening

Join the Young Affiliates of the Mint for the opening party of their third annual art show, MAINFRAME, exploring the role of technology in our society. The show will be open FREE on Wednesdays and Fridays-Sundays through October 17 in the Level 5 expansion space. It's the kick-off of a weekend of events celebrating the grand re-opening of Mint Museum Uptown following a summer of improvements.

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Sep 21 5:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Mint Museum Uptown

Grand Re-opening for Mint Museum Uptown: Perspective & Mint to Move

The Mint's three-day event continues with:

  • Performances of 'Perspective,' a new VERTICAL aerial dance by Caroline Calouche & Co., performed outside on the facade of Mint Museum Uptown at 5 PM, 6 PM, 7 PM, and 8 PM (15 minute shows).
  • FREE viewing of MAINFRAME, the new art show from Young Affiliates of the Mint.
  • FREE access to the Mint's galleries from 6-9 PM, celebrating new operating hours for Mint Museum Uptown (opening through 9 PM every Friday from now on; regular admission will apply after this week).
  • A Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night from 7-11:30 PM, celebrating Latin American Heritage Month.
Return on Saturday for a FREE community day and even more fun activities!

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Sep 21 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM

Mint Museum Uptown

Special Edition – Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night

Please join us for the other Grand Re-opening weekend activities occurring September 20, 21, and 22! In celebration of Hispanic History Month (Latin American Heritage Month) and the Mint’s re-grand opening, guests will enjoy a 30 min. dance lesson at 7 PM; live musicians and DJ Pepito, live artists painting, and 4 hours of dancing on the best dance floor in Charlotte. READ MORE

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