Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries

Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries

Feb 9, 2020 – Jan 3, 2021 | Mint Museum Randolph
Featuring more than 100 ceramic objects, with loans from notable public and private collections in the United States and England, this exhibition is the first to focus exclusively on the black basalt sculpture made by Josiah Wedgwood and other Staffordshire potters in late eighteenth-century England. Read More

Interventions

Interventions

Interventions is a new series at the Mint in which contemporary works are placed amongst permanent collection installations to create a critical dialogue between past and present.

Installation is on view now

Charlotte artist Julio Gonzalez reminds us of the legacy of the Mayan people by creating contemporary art that draws on their culture and traditions. Born in Atlanta to a father of Mexican Aztec descent and a mother of Honduran Maya ancestry, Gonzalez has sought to reclaim this cultural heritage through his work, using their familiar graphic forms and the vivid line work of their glyphs.

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Where to find it

“Art of the Ancient Americas” gallery on the second floor of Mint Museum Randolph

Emergence #3, 2016, Mixed media on wood
Venganza, 2020, from The Scribe Series, Watercolor and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Amuleto, 2020, from The Scribe Series, Watercolor and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Quetzalcoatl, 2020, from The Scribe Series, Watercolor and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Saliendo de la Cueva, 2020, from The Scribe Series, Watercolor and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Cumpleaños, 2020, from The Scribe Series, Watercolor and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Vive tu Sueño, 2020, from The Scribe Series, Watercolor and ink on paper. Courtesy of the artist
Tree of Life, 2020, Wool. Courtesy of the artist
Itzamná, 2015, Wool. Courtesy of the artist
Ah Puch, 2018, Wool. Courtesy of the artist
Two copies of the Gonzalez Pocket Codex, 2020, Ink on paper and artificial fur. Courtesy of the artist
Gonzalez Codex, 2018, Ink on paper and 3D printed plastic resin mounted on wood. Courtesy of Cassie Brown & John Cornely
Facsimile of Codex Peresianus (Codex Paris), 1968, Published Akademische Druck-u.Verlagsanstalt, Graz, Austria. Mint Museum Library Gift of Dr. Francis Robicsek

Art of the Ancient Americas

Art of the Ancient Americas

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The ancient New World, one of the illustrious cradles of human civilization, is featured at The Mint Museum, the wide-ranging collection showcasing more than 2,500 artworks from the ancient Americas.

About The Collection

The ancient New World, one of the illustrious cradles of human civilization, is featured at The Mint Museum. This wide-ranging collection showcases more than 2,500 artworks from the ancient Americas. The museum’s collection, the majority having been donated by Dr. and Mrs. Francis Robicsek, is one of the largest in the United States, spanning 4,300 years of artistic creativity from 2800 BCE to 1500 CE, and presenting more than forty of the major societies from ancient Mesoamerica (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador), Central America (Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama), and Andean South America (Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Chile).

Two galleries are dedicated to the arts of the ancient Americas at Mint Museum Randolph , exploring the works from two viewpoints. First, the objects are viewed as windows into the society that created them, borrowing the “material culture” approach from anthropology and archaeology. As such, artworks reveal a people’s daily routines, social practices, politics, intellectual accomplishments, and spiritual beliefs. The museum equally views these pieces as art–that is, manifestations of human creativity and technical expertise that highlight the universal impulse to produce well-crafted, emotion-filled objects. The aesthetics and creative techniques developed by the ancient artists of the Americas are equally explored in the galleries. These works–in earthenware, jadeite and other stones, gold and silver, shell, and fiber–personify and preserve these now-lost civilizations whose descendants are the foundations of the modern nations of Latin America.

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A large bowl with the opening being the widest part. It has triangle and checkered designs on the inside as well as the outside.

Native American Art

Native American Art

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The Mint Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary Native arts of the Americas showcases works from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala, from the nineteenth century to today.

About The Collection

Native peoples throughout the Americas have persevered five hundred years of colonization and persecution since the sixteenth century. Their arts have played a key role in survival, preserving cultural identity and the fundamental principles of society and spirituality that sustain all human civilizations. The Mint Museum’s collection of modern and contemporary Native arts of the Americas showcases works from Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Guatemala, from the nineteenth century to today. They reveal the resilience of human creativity and the artists’ aesthetic responses to Native culture and our modern world. These artworks complement the museum’s comprehensive collection of the art of the ancient Americas, providing the rare opportunity to compare Precolumbian and modern Native expressions in a variety of media.

The Mint Museum’s Native Americas collection was donated by Gretchen and Nelson Grice who began collecting in the late 1980s. They admired the remarkable artistic expressiveness and marvelous craftsmanship of these works in clay, wood, and fiber. Four art forms are featured in the Grice Collection–Native American and Canadian basketry, performance masks from Mexico, Guatemala, the United States and Canada, Maya textiles from Guatemala and Chiapas, Mexico, and contemporary ceramics from the Southwest and other Native peoples in the United States.

The Maya textile collection features the myriad traditional clothing styles that distinguish the different peoples and towns in southern Mexico and Guatemala. The performance masks, mostly from Mexico, illustrate the variety of dance pageants and their many characters that are essential to contemporary community life. The basket collection includes many early examples of the finest quality such as those from northern California. And the ceramics, primarily from the Southwest, feature pottery styles and artists mostly from New Mexico and Arizona. The Grices visited many of the artists in their workshops, becoming friends and acquiring their works before they became famous. Thus the collection not only presents an extraordinary range of artistic styles but also many early pieces from now-prominent Native artists.

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Decorative Arts

Decorative Arts

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Perhaps more than any other art form, decorative arts have the remarkable power to connect with us almost instantaneously.

About The Collection

Perhaps more than any other art form, decorative arts have the remarkable power to connect with us almost instantaneously. We may not own a seventeenth-century Chinese teapot or a sideboard once owned by a North Carolina plantation owner, but we can view artifacts like those in the museum, and quickly associate them with objects of similar type or function in our own households. Perhaps the museum objects will even remind us of special occasions or daily routines in which our own possessions were utilized and enjoyed.

The Decorative Arts Collection at the Mint numbers over 12,500 objects, and includes fine furniture, silver, and glass. Its greatest strength, however, is in the field of ceramics. The museum has significant holdings in wares from England and continental Europe, as well as notable examples of American art pottery and Asian porcelain. The Mint also boasts the largest public collection of North Carolina ceramics in the country.

The Delhom Service League, a support affiliate of the Mint, sponsors the Potters Market Invitational each year to raise funds for the expansion of the decorative arts permanent collection. Find out more about the 14th annual Potters Market.

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