Culture & Cuisine


Planning a Friday date night in Uptown Charlotte?

There is no wrong way to enjoy the perfect experience filled with World-to-Table dining beautifully paired with lush cocktails and wines at Mariposa and world class art inside the walls of Mint Museum Uptown. We want to take you on a journey where Culture & Cuisine meet under one roof. Your reservation to Mariposa on Friday evenings will be paired with two tickets to visit the museum before or after enjoying a memorable cuisine cooked to order and served promptly.

The perfect date night awaits and we hope you enjoy!

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Located at the Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte, Mariposa, Spanish for butterfly, is a multicultural culinaria, representing an evolution for both the restaurant space and creator Jill Marcus. 

Marcus and the Mariposa team have curated a thoughtful menu based on her travels. The centerpiece of the menu is mezze, a North African and Mediterranean concept of small dishes meant to be shared, and experienced by everyone at the table. With executive chef Jonathan Moore leading the kitchen, dishes include Pork Belly Bulgogi Lettuce Wraps, Tuna Crudo, Piri Piri Chicken, Gullah Paella, and more. Mariposa partners with Sam Fleming at 100 Gardens to supply all lettuces and greens from their aquaponics garden project at The Innovation Barn. 

Mariposa’s dishes are be beautifully paired with lush cocktails and wines curated by Level 3 sommelier and general manager, Brad Grubb, formerly of 5Church. Guests enjoy dining in a transformed modern, yet relaxing space in the Mint Museum Uptown with sweeping views, velvet couches, black and white decor, and artwork by Charlotte muralist Owl. 

The Mother Earth Group, which has a mission of nurturing one another, our community, and the Earth, also includes vegetarian restaurant Fern, Flavor from the Garden, Something Classic Catering, Something Classic retail line of products and a new French-fast-casual restaurant, Coquette coming soon to Uptown in Fall 2022 featuring duck-fat fried chicken.

Mariposa is personal to me. It is representative of my belief that no matter what challenges we face or transformations we go through, our shared food experiences will bring us closer. It helps us understand one another’s traditions and allows cultures around the world to tell their story. At Mariposa, we  bring many cultures together around the table and provide a global experience right here in Charlotte.”

– Jill Marcus, Owner

Cynthia Talmadge: Franklin Fifth Helena

Franklin Fifth Helena

Franklin Fifth Helena, Cynthia Talmadge’s new solo exhibition- an immersive architectural installation of sand paintings- describes a small room, decorated in a mirrored treillage scheme but now disused and given over to storage, ostensibly situated in 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, Brentwood, Los Angeles. In addition to fragments, minutiae, and mementos from two people’s social lives, travels, work, and studies, the room contains abandoned party decorations, seasonal ornaments, fallout shelter paraphernalia, leftovers from progressive political campaigns, pool cleaning equipment, and textbooks on psychology in quantities that reveal an author’s pride or a reader’s obsession (or both). Some of these elements form part of a dismantled reconstruction of another domestic space at nearby 902 Franklin Street in Santa Monica, though the impossibility of differentiating exactly which items originate where is very much at the heart of Talmadge’s exhibition.

Franklin Fifth Helena borrows the format of the Studiolo from the Ducal Palace in Gubbio, a fifteenth century room relocated to the Met in the 1930s. Studiolos were intended for contemplation, study, and the display of objects indicating the owner’s worldliness and erudition. Given the propensities of European nobility of the time, this meant the spaces could also be – appropriately to Talmadge’s project- sites of meditation on morbid fascinations, and repositories for artifacts of (or acquired through) violence. In the Mets example, inlaid marquetry is used to depict a trompe l’oeil studiolo onto the walls of
an actual one. Talmadge similarly maps the illusion of an imaginary space onto a physical one, but her depicted architecture reflects a midcentury L.A. sensibility and is rendered entirely in sand- a children’s hobbyist technique she has scaled up and dramatically complicated in numerous paintings over the past seven years.

In 1962, the respective residents of 12305 Fifth Helena and 902 Franklin were analysand Marilyn Monroe and her doctor, Ralph Greenson, psychoanalyst to the stars, minor celebrity in his own right (he was played by Gregory Peck in the film adaptation of a novel based on his life), and a respected member of the psychiatric community who published extensively and taught at UCLA. Notable for Talmadge¶s purposes are his work on trauma, borderline personality disorders, projection and transference, and the fact that his ideas influenced the development of modern marketing techniques. (He rates a fleeting mention in Adam Curtis’s Century of the Self in this capacity.) Like Norma Jeane Martenson’s “Marilyn Monroe,” Romeo Samuel Greenspoon’s “Ralph Greenson” was also an identity constructed to fulfill various needs.

Greenson, whose studies with Whihelm Stekel place him in Freud’s direct lineage, and who counted Freud’s daughter Anna among his intimates, saw the trauma inflicted by childhood family dysfunction as the origin of all neuroses. He used a technique called “adoption therapy,” which was intended to replace damaging childhood associations with new experiences of integration into a “healthy” family. Horrifyingly, in Monroe’s case, the model family Greenson chose for the”adoption” was none other than his own. The treatment involved fourteen sessions a week (some with dinner and drinks) and required Monroe to develop relationships with Greenson family members and intermittently live with the Greensons. She also purportedly had to restage elements of the Greenson house within her own – the immediate subject of Talmadge’s Franklin Fifth Helena.

Talmadge refuses the familiar depictions of Monroe – in reality, an intellectual at the least on par with the Greensons of the word – as a person without agency, acted upon by men. Monroe has been described as a site of projection famously, endlessly, and Talmadge’s project gives Greenson a turn on the same ride. While much of the contents of the work are drawn from historical information, the artist insists this is not a research project – leaving that to the documentarians, biographers, and conspiracy theorists – and instead describes her work as a kind of method-acted historical fiction. The artist also implicates herself, describing her relationship to the subjects of Franklin Fifth Helena as “less like a historian or even a conspiracy blogger than a pervy psychoanalyst who has a too-special relationship with his favorite patients.”

Which objects on view belong to Monroe’s replication of 902 Franklin, and which come directly from her own life at 12305 Fifth Helena. Might Greenson have staged things on Franklin Street with knowledge that, per his therapeutic program, Monroe would be recreating them on Fifth Helena? Is Monroe’s arrangement faithful to its Franklin Street source? Did she (consciously or unconsciously) aestheticize or editorialize in her selections? Is the apparently dismantled state of the recreation in fact just another layer of staging and artifice? Which object did Talmadge draw from historical record and which are her own inferences or inventions? Might the official history include objects forged to satisfy the Monroe memorabilia market, or even planted after her death to fulfill some more sinister revisionist agenda? How deep in the D.N.A. of our culture, our politics, our nuclear families, does cold warm oral and existential panic run? What is a red herring, a false flag, the product of paranoia, self-defense, or an unreliable narrator or amusing herself? Has Talmadge left breadcrumbs, or is she lost with us in this funhouse of fragmenting, entwined identities? What does a psychospiritual space of pure projection, transference, amd countertransference look like? What’s its address?

In Franklin Fifth Helena, any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is, if not entirely coincidental, a product of our collective pathologies.

Cynthia Talmadge

Cynthia Talmadge is a New York based artist whose work in painting, installation, drawing, and photography has been shown, collected, and reviewed internationally. Talmadge’s projects exhibit her fascination with heightened emotional states, mediated portrayals of those states, and particularly the places where both converge. This solo exhibition, her third with 56 Henry, continues her investigations into what happens when private personal trauma, nostalgia, loss, and grief come into contact with the institutions of celebrity, money, and malfeasance. Talmadge is represented by 56 Henry.

Mint to Move: Celebrating 10 Years

Mint 2 Move is not just a dance party. It is an artistic and cultural experience paying tribute to artists and dance forms from Latin, African, and Caribbean countries. It is the ultimate event in Charlotte where you can experience sizzling salsa, cha cha, bachata, line dancing, live musicians, Latin rhythms, Afro-beats, and dance lessons all under one roof.

History of Dance


One of the most popular styles of dance rooting across the Latin culture, had it debut dating back to the early 70’s in areas of the world such as Cuba and New York. While salsa has a very textured and diverse background, its primary sound is influenced by the drum rhythms of Afro-beats with a splash of Spanish guitar and other elements, giving it an Afro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean flare. Salsa received its name as a resemblance of its spicy, saucy movements and textured ingredients similar to the edible salsa dip.

Cha Cha

Dated back to the 1950s in Cuba, the cha cha became its own style of Latin American dance by incorporating an additional slow step into the similar dance styles like the Mambo and Rumba, making it less complicated for people to digest. With its simple one-two-cha-cha-cha cadence, the cha cha has become the dance model that is taught in beginner dance classes as an introductory to more complex dance styles.


Bachata, both a form of dance and a genre of music, originated back to the Dominican Republic region around the 21st-century. Bachata was originally known as a party where music was played, but was not initially considered the music itself until the early 60s. This type of music was originally referred to as ‘bolero’ or guitar music and later evolved into bachata because of its added layer of rhythmic, upbeat sound. Later becoming a style of dance when the Dominicans migrated to the US, bachata remains a prominent way for Dominican’s to stay connected and express the beauty of their culture, family traditions and ability to survive through adversity.

Celebrating 10 Years 

A special thanks to our community partners:

ArtSí, the Puerto Rican Society of Charlotte, Rumbao Latin Dance Company, Comité de Fiestas Patrias y Tradiciones de Charlotte, Soy Latino Como Tú, Latin American Chamber of Commerce, LGBT Chamber of Commerce, and the UNCC Department of Africana Studies.

Wednesday Night Live: QC GarMINT District Program

Wednesday Night Live Presents 

The QC GarMINT District 

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts

Welcome to the QC GarMINT District, part of the Wednesday Night Live event series, presented by Bank of America. Tonight’s event highlights the Mint’s recognition of fashion designers’ work as art, and is a prelude to the December 2022 exhibition and catalogue Fashion Reimagined that celebrates 50 years of the Mint’s fashion collection. It also links Charlotte designers to the celebration of world culture and street fashion on view in The World of Anna Sui at Mint Museum Randolph through May 1.  

5:30-9 PM

Sounds by DJ Dammit Wesley and cash bar
in Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium 

Pop-up market in Level 5 expansion space
and Mint Museum Store 

7-8 PM

The QC GarMINT District runway fashion show
in Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium 


TARA DAVIS is the founder of Flow by Tara Davis. Her designs are created with lifestyles of modern, eclectic women on her radar. Inspirations of architect and modern art transform her concepts into chic and sophisticated apparel. Through the aesthetic of style lines, color, and comfortable fabrics, Davis has defined the art of bold simplicity. The foundation of Flow by Tara Davis started with signature dresses and custom designs, evolving into desk-to-dinner styles, including separates, leather belts, and handbags along with her newest design venture in home décor. @flowbytaradavis

MEGAN ILENE is a fiber artist who makes clothes and created the zero- waste, biodegradable clothing brand Megan-Ilene. All materials used are completely biodegradable and many are organic (no pesticides are used to facilitate growing or harvesting). Dyes used are either natural or minimal- impact synthetic with a focus on low-immersion techniques to prevent water waste and are safe for city water reclamation. Patterns are either designed to prevent textile off-fall or any fiber waste is reconfigured, reused, or revitalized creating a closed loop, zero-waste system. Silhouettes are forgiving and functional, and are meant for myriad of body types, shapes, and genders. All items are made in North Carolina and produced by entities receiving a fair, livable wage. @megan.ilene

GORDON HOLLIDAY uses remnant textile and fibers to construct sustainable garments that tell stories about culture, history, and identity in the fashion industry. A Brooklyn Collective Artist in Residence, Holliday received his bachelor’s degree in fine arts with a concentration in photography and a minor in retail studies at UNC Greensboro. He currently is featured in the Waste Management Design Challenge and was published in “Forbes” for the work he has committed in the community. Holliday is an up-cycle designer, utilizing donated fabric/materials, remnant scraps, previously owned items, or thrifted clothing into new garments. RENEW REWORK ROOLĒ is a brand created by Holliday that documents how reconstructed garments reach their final form through up-cycling. His latest project, the Yasuke Collection ROOLE F/W 21, details the story about the first African samurai. Inspired by Japanese quilting techniques (Sashiko and Boro) 10 quilted kimonos were constructed out of donated and leftover materials.

BREHON WILLIAMS is a native of Chesapeake, Virginia who currently resides in Charlotte. He graduated from The Art Institute with a bachelor’s degree and is currently working on a Master of Science degree. Initially a womenswear-only designer, Williams has expanded his portfolio to now include menswear. His bold, innovative, and forward-thinking aesthetic has allotted him the opportunity to participate in numerous shows across the United States. The award-winning designer has won numerous design competitions and has been featured in national and international publications, including Veer, New Pittsburgh Courier, Ink Magazine, and The Virginian Pilot.

GEGE GILZENE is the creative designer, lead designer, and owner of Gege J. Gilzene, LLC, a luxury women’s line for every event and a man’s casual, yet upscale, label designed and produced in Atlanta. His designer clothing line is composed of jaw-dropping statement pieces, and wardrobe staples with a hint of distinction. The collection’s masterful use of colors and silhouette, makes the G-three women and men the centerpiece of every event and stand out in a crowd. Every garment is carefully designed and crafted to exude the joie de vivre (to express a cheerful enjoyment of life, an exultation of spirit) and sexiness, while maintaining character, and class. 


The QC GarMINT District is coordinated in partnership with Davita Galloway, co-owner of DUPP&SWATT, and Charlotte-based stylist Jennifer Michelle, owner of J Model Executives. Charlotte influencer Ohavia Phillips will emcee the event, music provided by DJ Dammit Wesley, plus an additional performance by B&C Ballroom, and cash bar. Admission is free, but seating is first come, first served. 

Wednesday Night Live

The Mint Museum, The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, and the Knight Theater — the four institutions that comprise Levine Center for the Arts — have partnered to launch a new weekly event series known as Wednesday Night Live. Presented by Bank of America, Wednesday Night Live includes free admission to the three museums between 5-9 p.m. every Wednesday, as well as live entertainment or programming at one of the four institutions each week. The special programming, which will rotate among the partners, includes everything from Brazilian dance performances to spoken-word artists to film screenings.

2022 schedule of performances

January 5

See the film Sisters With Transistors, the remarkable untold story of electronic music’s female pioneers, composers who embraced machines and liberating technologies to transform how music is produced and listened to today, at Mint Museum Uptown. To set the stage for the Mint Museum’s screening of Sisters with Transistors, artist Nelly Kate presents an experimental music performance using an array of tape decks, speakers, synthesizers, and layered vocal effects. These mechanisms nod at the history of electronic music by demonstrating the limitations of lo-fi recording equipment alongside the expansive dynamic range of contemporary sound technology. As a partially deaf sound artist, Nelly Kate is focused on creating multiple points of access for the audience to experience listening as a somatic phenomenon that transcends hearing alone.

February 2

Follow Your HeART guide gallery tour with the “Queen of the Queen City” Buff Faye in the American and Contemporary Galleries at Mint Museum Uptown. DJ Selah Say will also be spinning tunes throughout the evening.

March 2

The QC GarMINT District. Fashion designers Tara Davis, Megan Ilene, Gege Gilzene, Gordon Holliday, and Brehon Williams headline The QC GarMINT District runway fashion show 7 PM at Mint Museum Uptown. In addition to the fashion show, a pop-up market with 50 local vendors is planned 5–9 PM at the Mint’s uptown location. The QC GarMINT District is coordinated in partnership with Davita Galloway, co-owner of DUPP&SWATT, and Charlotte-based stylist Jennifer Michelle, owner of J Model Executives. Charlotte influencer Ohavia Phillips will emcee the event, music provided by DJ Dammit Wesley, plus an additional performance by B&C Ballroom, and cash bar. Admission is free, but seating will be first come, first served.

April 13

Rothko Becoming Rothko. To celebrate two Rothko paintings recently put on view at Mint Museum Uptown, Harry Cooper, senior curator and head of modern and contemporary art at the National Gallery of Art, joins us for a lecture about the life and works of Mark Rothko. View the Rothko paintings, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, in the American-Contemporary Galleries at Mint Museum Uptown.

May 4

Charlotte Poet Laureate Jay Ward, along with Rock Hill Poet Laureate Angelo Geter, and artist Shane Manier, perform spoken word poems in response to select works in the exhibition Coined in the South: 2022 and the permanent collections at Mint Museum Uptown, plus free admission and a cash bar.

June 1

Coined in the South: 2022 winners discuss their works and practice, plus free museum admission and a cash bar.

July 6

Claudio Ortiz presents Afro-Caribbean rhythms from Cuba and Puerto Rico, plus electronic samples, plus free admission and a cash bar.

August 3

Mercury Carter lights up the Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium with a live performance of his soul-filling tunes. plus a cash bar and free museum admission.

Art 101: A Global Adventure

ART 101: A Global Adventure

Delve into art history without homework, exams or stress with a new art history survey course — ART 101: A Global Adventure. Presented by The Mint Museum, in partnership with Sphere Series, the survey will be offered in eight-week sessions chronologically moving through art history, from cave paintings to ancient Europe, and contemporary works.

ART 101 will feature talented professors and curators from the Carolinas, as well as scholars from museums and universities across the country, all known for presenting their subject matter expertise in a way that is informative and fun. The survey will feature Western and non-Western movements and influences, a grounding in the ideas, movements, styles, and narratives that populate the history of our visual world.

The first session — which runs from February to April 2022 — will spotlight ancient art, from cave paintings to ancient Egypt, ancient Asia to ancient Rome.

Classes will be held twice a month 5:30-7:30 PM Tuesday evenings at Mint Museum Uptown, with a cash bar. Each eight-week session also includes a Super Saturday that will delve deeper into a particular time period, style, or culture.

“This is the class you have been wishing someone would teach — a journey that connects us to humanity’s greatest achievements and creative accomplishments. It represents the best of what we’re capable of and the artifacts we leave behind as expressions of our cultural aspirations.”

~Todd Herman, PhD, president and CEO of The Mint Museum


Each eight-week session costs $350 for Mint members (at the Supporter level or higher) and $500 for non-members. There will be 10 free seats per lecture offered to students and artists in the Charlotte community.

While the sessions and survey of art history inevitably build on one another, participants don’t have to sign up for every eight-week session.

Register now for Fall 2022

Can’t attend every session? 

All participants will be given access to a password-protected website, where videos of every lecture will be recorded for viewing at their convenience.

Schedule of Classes | Spring 2022

Art Before Writing: Prehistoric Art
Featuring Todd Herman, PhD, president and CEO of The Mint Museum
February 1
(Participants, if you haven’t received details about the Zoom program, please check your spam or junk folder for an email with Zoom link).

Ancient Asia & The Middle East
Featuring Jim Frakes, PhD, professor of art history at UNC Charlotte
February 15
5:30-7:30 PM

Ancient Egypt
Featuring Edward Bleiberg, PhD, curator emeritus at the Brooklyn Museum of Art
February 26: Super Saturday
9 AM – Noon

Ancient Greece
Featuring Elizabeth Baltes, PhD, associate professor of art history at Coastal Carolina University
March 1
5:30-7:30 PM

Ancient Rome: Birth of an Empire
Featuring Todd Herman, PhD, president and CEO of The Mint Museum
March 22
5:30-7:30 PM

Ancient Americas
Featuring Angela Rajagopalan, PhD, chair and an associate professor of art history in the department of art and art history at UNC Charlotte
April 5
5:30-7:30 PM

Ancient China
Featuring Rosaline Kyo, PhD, of Davidson College
April 19
5:30-7:30 PM

Meet the Speakers

Elizabeth Baltes, PhD, associate professor of art history at Coastal Carolina University

Baltes received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Louisiana State University and her master’s and Ph.D. in art history (Greek art and archaeology) from Duke University. Her research interests lie at the intersection of sculpture, politics, identity, and public space in the ancient Greek world. Her first book project Portrait Statues in Hellenistic Greece: Spatial Practices and Identity Politics investigates how statue landscapes at such important sites as Delphi and Delos helped to articulate and reinforce a complex set of political and social identities, and how space was utilized and manipulated on a local and regional level. Her contextual approach to ancient sculpture has been deeply influenced by recent work on contemporary American public sculpture, and it has also benefited from a critical engagement with trends in digital art history.

Dr. Baltes’ scholarly work has been published in multiple venues, including the American Journal of Archaeology and Hesperia, and her research has been generously supported by grants from the Archaeological Institute of America and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).

Edward Bleiberg, PhD, curator emeritus, Egyptian art, Brooklyn Museum

Edward Bleiberg joined the Brooklyn Museum in 1998 from the University of Memphis, Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, where he had been Director and Associate Professor. A Pittsburgh native, he graduated from Haverford College in Pennsylvania in 1973. Dr. Bleiberg earned a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1984. He is the author of several books and articles on the ancient Egyptian economy, Egyptian coffins, and the Jewish minority in ancient Egypt and ancient Rome. Over his twenty-two-year career at the Brooklyn Museum, he reinstalled the Egyptian collection twice and organized seven exhibitions, five of which traveled in the United States and The Republic of Korea. He retired from the Museum in 2020. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor at Hunter College.

Jim Frakes, PhD, professor of art history, College of Art + Architecture, UNC Charlotte

Frakes is professor of art history at UNC Charlotte. His book Framing Public Life: the Portico in Roman Gaul(2009) looks at the installation of a common Mediterranean architectural form in the Gallic provinces, and analyzes how the colonnaded walkway both promoted and sustained new forms of social identity. He has recently contributed an essay on the forum as a Roman urban phenomenon for Blackwell’s A Companion to Roman Architecture (2013) and is co-editor of Beyond Boundaries: Visual Culture in the Roman Provinces (2016) from the Getty Press. His current work focuses on the visual cultural systems that marked the era of the Severan Dynasty (193-235 CE).

Todd Herman, PhD, president and CEO of The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC

Todd Herman joined The Mint Museum in August 2018 as its President and CEO after serving as the Executive Director at the Arkansas Arts Center (AAC) for seven years. While there, he brought the institution to fiscal stability, expanded its programming and outreach, and diversified the AAC’s exhibitions to reflect the broader community. He also launched a $100M renovation and expansion project with celebrated architect Jeanne Gang. 

Todd received his undergraduate degrees in art history and microbiology from James Madison University, an MA degree in art history from the University of South Carolina, and his PhD in art history from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland with a focus on Italian Renaissance painting. He has worked in the curatorial departments of the Columbia Museum of Art and the Cleveland Museum of Art and taught art history at USC, Cleveland State, and for the University of Georgia in Cortona, Italy. He has written extensively on the art of Venice and for exhibitions and catalogs on Italian Renaissance Art, and organized the nationally traveling exhibition “Mark Rothko: The Decisive Decade, 1940-1950.” 

Rosaline Kyo, PhD, assistant professor of art and Chinese studies, Davidson College

Kyo teaches courses in Asian art and Chinese studies. Her interests in these fields began her first semester as an undergraduate student, when she decided to take courses in Buddhist art and Mandarin Chinese, which subsequently led her to many adventures in China, Tibet, and Nepal. Kyo’s research and teaching interests include the connections between art and politics; Chinese and Tibetan transcultural engagement; artistic processes, especially within collectives; and the representation of ethnic minorities and women in Chinese visual culture.

Kyo currently is working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled (Pre)Occupied Artists in Occupied Lands, which examines the works of state-sponsored PRC art workers dispatched to central Tibet and tasked with creating propagandistic representations of ethnic Tibetan people. Her next project will look at contemporary Tibetan art produced in Lhasa and in Tibetan diaspora communities, with a specific focus on the role of visual arts in the conceptualization of national space and identity.

In addition, Kyo is interested in curatorial work and the ways in which museum practices impact the interpretations of cultures. In 2017, Kyo was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, where she curated Master Traces, Transcultural Visions and Boundless: Transformations in Himalayan Art.

Angela Rajapolan, PhD, chair of the department of art + art history, UNC Charlotte

Rajagopalan is the chair and an associate professor of art history in the department of art & art history at UNC Charlotte where she teaches courses on pre-Columbian and early colonial art and architecture of Mexico and serves as a faculty fellow to the Levine Scholars Program. Her research focuses on 16th-century painted manuscripts from central Mexico and explores changing artistic practices in the century after the Spanish conquest. She is the author of Portraying the Mexica (Aztec) Past: A Study of 16th-Century Mexican Manuscript Painting in Transition that will be coming out with the University of Texas Press. Prior to her arrival at UNC Charlotte, she worked in several New York museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Americas Society Gallery, and the Hispanic Society of America. Dr. Rajagopalan has been the recipient of many awards including several competitive national grants. Among others, she has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to Mexico from the U.S. Department of State, a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute award, a Coleman Memorial Fund Art History Fellowship from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and a Mellon Fellowship from the Council on Library and Information Resources.

The Mint Museum

Established in 1936 as North Carolina’s first art museum, The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative cultural institution and museum of international art and design. With two locations—Mint Museum Randolph in the heart of Eastover and Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts on South Tryon Street—the Mint boasts one of the largest collections in the Southeast and is committed to engaging and inspiring members of the global community.

Sphere Series

Founded in 2017 and voted “Best Art Speaker Series” by Charlotte Magazine in 2018, Sphere Series brings local, national, and international leaders in the arts together for discussions on the value of cultural exchange — and to share experiences curating, collecting, and engaging with artists.

Top Five Reasons to Take an Art of Reading Public Tour at Mint Museum Randolph

Top Five Reasons to Take an Art of Reading Public Tour at Mint Museum Randolph

1. Meet Fellow Bibliophiles.
The only thing better than reading a book you love is the opportunity to discuss it with others. Art of Reading public tours give you a chance to explore characters and analyze plot turns. The discussion is followed by a visit to the galleries to view art works that connect to the book.

2. The Sunday Afternoon Tours are Less Expensive than Panther Game Tickets.
Public tours take place on selected Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm and Sundays, 2-3:30 pm. During football season, it’s an alternative activity for a Sunday afternoon. Off season, it’s a great way to spend selected Sundays. [And remember Wednesday evening options too: admission to the museum is free after 5:00.]

3. It’s a New Way to View Mint Art. Just Imagine:
Mr. Darcy holding that Derby Porcelain coffee cup and saucer in the Portals to the Past Exhibition (Pride and Prejudice). Or, Frida Kahlo wearing a distinctive necklace similar to the jadeite one in the Ancient American Galleries (The Lacuna). Or, Tree-ear admiring the 12th Century Korean porcelain bowls in the Wares of the World Exhibition (A Single Shard). Or, Sarah Grimke learning plantation social customs by using the Staffordshire miniature tea and coffee service in the Portals to the Past Exhibition (The Invention of Wings).

4. Tours are Free.
Free to museum members; free after admission for non-members.

5. There’s A Tour for All Interests.
Choose from four current book tours: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen); The Invention of Wings (Sue Monk Kidd); The Lacuna (Barbara Kingsolver); or A Single Shard (Linda Sue Park).

More information on group tours can be found here.
A fifth tour for Isabel Wilkerson’s The Warmth of Other Suns will launch at Mint Museum Uptown April 2019.

Michele Allen and Alice Ross, Docents and Members, Public Tours Task Force

Young Affiliates of the Mint to host Sixth Annual Charity Gala: Fall Ball 2018: Mint Main Event

The Young Affiliates of the Mint (the “YAMs”) are proud to present the Sixth Annual Fall Ball: “Mint Main Event.” The black-tie gala will take place on Saturday, November 3 from 8 PM to midnight at Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts and will be themed around old Hollywood and include live entertainment and an open bar. This year’s Fall Ball will serve as a fundraiser in support of the YAMs’ contribution to the Mint’s Annual Fund to provide Mint Museum tours for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students.

In support of the YAMs’ mission of promoting and celebrating the arts, the charitable event will be an ode to old Hollywood glam featuring live music from Sammy Sinatra and the Mad Men, “the South’s premiere Vegas style lounge act with a twist,” as well as Charlotte’s own DJ Chescov. There will even be a red-carpet walk of fame highlighting the names of attendees who purchased early-bird tickets, recognizing them for their support.

“We’re proud to bring Fall Ball back to Mint Museum Uptown following their Grand Re-opening Celebration,” said Amorette Mangum, co-chair of the annual event. “To make this philanthropic event even more accessible for Charlotte’s young professional crowd, we’ve lowered the ticket prices for the first time in the event’s history.”

Tickets start at just $80 for members and $99 for non-members and include hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beer and wine. To learn more and to purchase tickets, visit

Special thanks to the 2018 Fall Ball title sponsor, Felix Sabates Lincoln, and our annual gold sponsor, United Global Technologies, as well as Tito’s Vodka and La Belle Helene for their contributions to this annual event. In addition to Fall Ball, the YAMs are proud to partner with UGT for their 2018-2019 signature events including the YP Mixer, Derby Days, and the Art Show.

About Felix Sabates Lincoln

Felix Sabates Lincoln, located on South Boulevard in Charlotte, has a strong and committed sales staff with many years of experience satisfying customers’ needs. Felix Sabates is proud to sponsor the YAMs and the Charlotte arts community as well as serve as the title sponsor for Fall Ball: Mint Main Event.

About the United Global Technologies

For almost a decade, United Global Technologies has set the standard for US-based IT and engineering services. Founded in 2009, by Elizabeth Bernstein and Jason Monastra, UGT has excelled at meeting the diverse information technology, engineering, and operational needs of industrial and service leaders across the country and around the globe. Through the generosity and tireless efforts of UGT employees, families and friends, philanthropy has become more than an initiative — it is a way of life. UGT is headquartered in Charlotte, NC and is thrilled to be a part of the thriving community. To learn more about UGT visit

About the Young Affiliates of the Mint

Established in 1990, the YAMs are a diverse group of young professionals promoting and supporting The Mint Museum through cultural, social, leadership, and fundraising activities and events. All YAM event proceeds directly benefit Charlotte-Mecklenburg students by offsetting the cost of Mint Museum tours throughout the school year.

For More Information Contact:

Amorette Mangum or Victoria Mathias

Fall Ball Co-Chairs, Young Affiliates of the Mint