Live at the Mint

Live at the Mint, presented by Fifth Third Bank, celebrates Charlotte’s dynamic arts community. Each week will feature a new lineup, from performance art to lectures with leading artists, provocative films to gallery tours with community leaders (and lots of specially-crafted art activities and craft cocktails in between). Every Live at the Mint is an intentionally layered experience that will incorporate the permanent collection and special exhibitions. The result: the Mint will be the place to be on Wednesday nights.


Charlotte Ballet preview of Innovative Works
January 15
6-9 PM

Charlotte Ballet offers a 15-minute preview of Innovative Works: Beyond the Mint, their winter program in which dances are inspired by the Mint’s exhibition Immersed in Light: Studio Drift at the Mint. Performance at 6:30 PM, reprised at 8 PM. 

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Coined in the South: A Discussion with Winners and Jurors
January 22
6-9 PM

Coined in the South Jurors Adam Justice, Jonell Logan, and Marilyn Zapf will be joined on a panel by artists Johannes Barfield (winner, Atrium Health Best in Show award), Katie St. Clair (winner, Young Affiliate of the Mint’s Choice award), and Ken West (winner, People’s Choice award). The event begins at 6:30 with mingling at the cash bar and then, a conversation and audience Q&A from 7:00 – 8:00. 

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Performance by Charlotte Symphony Musicians
January 29
6-9 PM

5 members from the Charlotte Symphony perform works in conjunction with the Mint special exhibition Immersed in Light including Phillip Glass’s Quartet No. 2, Songs and Poems (5th movement), and Arvo Pärt’s Spiegel Im Spiegel. 20-minute performance starts at 6:30 PM, reprised at 8 PM. 

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Charlotte Storytellers
February 5
6-9 PM

Charlotte Storytellers reprise their heavily attended October 20, 2019 evening with stories composed in response to the Mint Museum Uptown’s special exhibitions.  

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Coined in the South: Quilting Together a Community
February 12
6-9 PM

Artist-educator and QuilterBeverly Smith will share her unique quilted wall tapestry works featured in the exhibition Coined in the South as well as other sewn creations during an intimate artist conversation. The chat will be followed by a special performance by the Tropical Flavor Band, a steel drum band with vocalists presenting jazzy cultural island sounds.
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Southeastern premiere of Redoubt by Matthew Barney 
February 19
6-9 PM

Southeast premier of Redoubt, Matthew Barney’s new film. 

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Angels to Anathema: What to do when artists behave badly
February 26
6-9 PM

A panel discussion considering how to consider admiring and enjoying work by makers who behave badly in their private lives. In collaboration with the Sphere Series.

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Live at the Mint is generously sponsored by Fifth Third Bank with additional support from the Mint Museum Auxiliary.

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Free Wednesday Evenings are sponsored by Bank of America, the Mint Museum Auxiliary, and Publix Supermarket Charities.

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Dutch Design Lecture Series

As a design aesthetic from the Netherlands, Dutch Design is often described as minimalist, experimental, innovative and unconventional, all while retaining a sense of humor. The futuristic designs coming out of the Netherlands reinterpret the function of design, and look to reinvent the perception of artistic qualities in daily life.

Speaking to the modern and robust talent coming from Dutch artist, our guest speakers deconstruct Dutch Design in its finest forms. Hear three different experts give presentations on their favorite aspects of Dutch Design, and how it has been incorporated into the art and lives of people around the world.

The Dutch Design Lecture Series is coordinated around our exhibition Immersed in Light: Studio Drift at the Mint. The exhibition features five works by Studio Drift dating from the last decade to today, most of which have been modified for the Mint. It is the first solo exhibition for Studio Drift in the United States.

Modern Dutch Design

Silvia Barisione, Curator at The Wolfsonian – FIU

Reception to follow

December 13,  2019 | 6-7 PM
Mint Museum Uptown

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Falling in Love with Dutch Design

Annie Carlano, Senor Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion, The Mint Museum

Reception to Follow

February 14, 2020 | 6-7 PM
Mint Museum Uptown

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Annie Carlano in a patterned blouse wiht ruffled textures on the shoulders

Liquid Garden

Tanja Smeets, Artist & Professor of Textile Design, Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, NL

Reception to follow

Friday, April 3 | 6- 7  PM
Mint Museum Uptown

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The Dutch Design Lecture Series is coordinated around our exhibition Immersed in light: Studio Drift at the Mint, which is graciously supported by PNC Financial Services, with additional support from Mint Museum AuxiliaryDuke Energy | Piedmont Natural Gas,  DutchCultureUSA, and Rite Lite. This project has received funding through a grant from the Netherland-America Foundation.

Constellation CLT

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Constellation CLT  is designed to connect visitors of The Mint Museum with the universe of talent in the local community.

Each year, the work of three different groups of artists from the Charlotte region will be featured at Mint Museum Uptown, allowing the public to become familiar with the city’s diverse, every-expanding creative community.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by The Arts & Science Council.

Mike Wirth

Exhibition is on view from September 16, 2019 – January, 2020 at Mint Museum Uptown

About The Artist

Mike Wirth’s new installation combines a dynamic mural with examples of his two-dimensional art. While some of Wirth’s murals are figurative, drawing upon his interest in icons of pop culture from his youth, others are more abstract, exploring the intersection of art and technology, stemming from his interest in infographic design and data visualization.  

Wirth is a founding member of the Southern Tiger Collective, a group of artists dedicated to promoting street art and murals in the Charlotte area. He is also involved with Talking Walls, now entering its second year, which is a citywide public art & mural festival bringing together artists with diverse styles and backgrounds. 

Wirth’s installation for Constellation CLT can be seen in the atrium of Mint Museum Uptown, to the left of the main entrance.

Follow Mike Wirth on Instagram: @Mikewirth.

Elizabeth Palmisano

Exhibition is on view from September 16, 2019 – January, 2020 at Mint Museum Uptown

About The Artist

Elizabeth Palmisano is an artist and educator that has created a boundary-pushing installation. Palmisano often combines abstract painted surfaces with textiles and collage, creating rich, multilayered compositions. Her work often uses recycled materials, breathing new life into objects not typically considered for use in the creation of art. Experimentation, exploration, and play are key to her creative process.

Palmisano’s work for Constellation CLT can be seen on the Mezzanine level of Mint Museum Uptown.

Follow Elizabeth Palmisano on Instagram: @ellafaeart

Brett Toukatly

Exhibition is on view from September 16, 2019 – January, 2020 at Mint Museum Uptown

About The Artist

Brett Toukatly, who was the winner of the inaugural Battle Walls project, a summer collaboration between The Mint Museum and the Southern Tiger Collective in which local street artists competed head to head over four rounds. The winner was decided by public voting, culminating in a grand finale featuring the winners of the first four rounds on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph on August 16. 

Toukatly’s signature style is bold and colorful, and features an ever-expanding cast of quirky, monstrous characters. 

Toukatly’s work for Constellation CLT can be seen on the 4 floor of Mint Museum Uptown.

Follow Brett Toukatly on Instagram: @B_twokat

Children sitting at a table using scissors and glue to make crafts.


  Mint Museum Randolph /   Mint Museum Uptown

The Mint Museum is proud to partner with the Arts & Science Council to inspire members and supporters to give back and support the Mint’s most important endeavors.

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A classic horse drawn carriage that has been covered in an ink-like substance

Vote for Art

  Mint Museum Uptown  |  September 1 – November 9 2012

The Mint has collected fashion for more than 40 years, and celebrates the art form with three extraordinary exhibitions during 2017-2018

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Artist Motoi Yamamoto shaping salt into a circle

Artist in Residence Motoi Yamamoto

  Mint Museum Uptown  |  FEB 18 2013 – MAR 3 2013

Beginning Feb 18, 2013, Motoi will begin work on an ambitious Saltwork, entitled “Floating Garden,” directly on the floor of the Morrison Atrium at Mint Museum Uptown.

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A boombox with a cassette player in the front

The Boombox Project

  Mint Museum Uptown  |  September 19 – October 19 2014

In association with Chandra Johnson’s SOCO Gallery, The Mint Museum UPTOWN hosts a pop-up photography show in the museum’s Level 5 expansion space.

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A circular framed photograph of the 5th floor of Mint Museum Uptown. it is a part of the Music Factories moment mile project

The Light Factory’s Moment Mile

  Mint Museum Uptown  |  December 17 2014 – February 22 2015

In association with The Light Factory, Mint Museum UPTOWN hosts a pop-up photography show in the museum’s Level 5 expansion space.

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Photography equipment set up in the exhibition area to photograph garments.

Behind The Seams

  Mint Museum Randolph  |  September 7, 2014 – June 19, 2015

The Mint’s Fashion Assessment & Conservation Project

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A large maze like structure constructed on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph

Project Ten Ten Ten

  Mint Museum Uptown  |  Ongoing

Ten of the world’s most innovative craft artists created works especially for the The Mint Museum, demonstrating spectacular examples of glass, jewelry, furniture, and fiber art.

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