POSTPONED – Constellation CLT ‘Andrew Leventis: Contemporary Vanities’ Opening Celebration

THE OPENING CELEBRATION FOR ANDREW LEVENTIS: CONTEMPORARY VANITIES HAS BEEN POSTPONED. A RESCHEDULED DATE WILL BE ANNOUNCED SOON.

Join us for the opening of the newest Constellation CLT installation Andrew Leventis: Contemporary Vanities by Charlotte artist and UNC Charlotte associate professor Andrew Leventis.  Constellation CLT is presented by Fifth-Third Bank.

 

Andrew Leventis: Contemporary Vanities Opening Celebration
January 14, 2022 | 5:30-9 PM
Mint Museum Uptown
FREE

Andrew Leventis: Contemporary Vanities

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Andrew Leventis: Contemporary Vanities

January 14, 2021 – May 8, 2022

The Mint Museum
Andrew Leventis (United States, 1980– ). "Home Refrigerator," 2021. Oil on linen. On loan from the artist.

About The Artist

Andrew Leventis is a Charlotte-based oil painter and an assistant professor of painting at UNC Charlotte. He earned a bachelor’s of fine art in painting from the American Academy of Art in Chicago and an master’s degree in fine art from Goldsmiths College, University of London. His work has been featured in Norway at Kunstgalleriet, in London at Matt Roberts Arts, and in Rome at The Venanzo Crocetti Museum.

Over the last two decades, Leventis has explored the value of objects through still-life oil paintings. With his Refrigerator series, Leventis refers directly to the global pandemic, specifically the food hoarding and shortages of spring 2020. He says, “The paintings reflect on the mass panic induced by the Covid-19 virus, and how the idea of “stocking up” became a crucial and even primal response in a notion to survive.”

When he paints images of the contents of industrial freezers, friends’ refrigerators, selected film stills, or museum installations, the value judgment is shared between artist and source. Like a scholar highlighting a passage in a book, Leventis calls our attention to what otherwise might be overlooked, forcing us to think critically about excess, opulence, feminine and masculine spaces, and consumer culture.  

The paintings reflect on the mass panic induced by the Covid-19 virus, and how the idea of ‘stocking up’ became a crucial and even primal response in a notion to survive.” ~Andrew Leventis

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

Now in its fourth year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community, as well as activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in five places at Mint Museum Uptown: at the foot of the atrium escalator; on the landings of the Mezzanine and 3rd levels; and in the Museum Store.

Constellation CLT is generously presented by:

Previous Installations

Lydia Thompson: Travelers

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Lydia Thompson: Travelers

May 13, 2022 – September 4, 2022

Watchers #3 (detail), 2021; paper, insulation board and paint
Watchers #2 (detail), 2022; paper, insulation board and paint.

About The Artist

Mixed-media sculptor Lydia Thompson has traveled the world, working in such geographically diverse places as Nigeria, Denmark, and Canada. She trained as a ceramic artist with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in fine art from the renowned Alfred University. She has both taught and led university departments throughout the country, most recently at UNC Charlotte. The majority of her work is ceramic, but she also creates sculpture out of paper and mixed media.

In any material, a common thread through her work is the exploration of how we imbue objects with meanings and power and how places—both the landscape and the culture it contains—define who we are. Because she has traveled extensively, she also recognizes the variety of meaning a single image can hold, sometimes provoking diverse interpretations even to members of the same family. Her work explores a person’s relationship to the culture in which they find themselves, presenting identity as distinct from environments while remaining a product of their surroundings. As part of her research, Lydia Thompson seeks to immerse herself in a region’s art and architecture, teasing out its roots of color, line, and design. Taking those elements fundamental to visual language, she creates objects that are both micro and macro in their association: they distinctly speak to her own history and heritage as an African American woman in the United States, while also linking to universal associations of place and culture.

By extension, her work explores the responsibilities people hold to places: as witnesses, as citizens, as storytellers, as revolutionaries. As an artist, Thompson encodes these messages into the objects that she makes, but in turn, she searches for meaning in the objects she finds. What stories can be found in a figurine passed down from grandmother to granddaughter? What dynamics resonate in a West African ceremonial mask that can also be found in a Noh theater mask?

“Change is inevitable, but people fuse themselves into the situation. Things start disintegrating around them and now, they are part of the rubble.” —Lydia Thompson

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

Now in its fourth year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community, as well as activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in five places at Mint Museum Uptown: at the foot of the atrium escalator; on the landings of the Mezzanine and 3rd levels; and in the Museum Store.

Constellation CLT is generously presented by:

Previous Installations

Intergalactic Soul

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Intergalactic Soul

September 15, 2021 – January 2, 2022

The Mint Museum

About The Artists

Charlotte artists Marcus Kiser and Jason Woodberry are the artistic forces behind Intergalactic Soul, the story of two young Black astronauts, Pluto and Astro, traveling the universe, encountering and confronting social issues related to Blackness. In 2019, musician and poet Quentin Talley joined their storytelling collective, with each artist advancing the narrative within their specific mediumKiser and Woodberry produce the visual components—illustration, typography, animation, graphic design, and augmented reality (AR) installations—while Talley creates performative elements, including the music composed with his band, the Soul Providers.

These multimedia installations combine comic books and Afrofuturism, a genre akin to science fiction that explores issues specific to the African Diaspora. This fantastical space allows Pluto and Astro to explore the repressive social constructs faced by people of color every day with a sense of empowerment and invincibility.

“Being a Black male, I’ve always had a certain love for sci-fi, with its roots in social justice issues and history. Sci-fi is also strongly rooted in the imagination. I feel this combination and balance of content makes it easier to address or create much-needed conversations and to help audiences to relate to our experiences—what it’s like to be us.” ~Marcus Kiser

For more information on Intergalactic Soul, visit the website or follow the artists on Instagram: @marcus_kiser; @imquentintalley; @jason_woodberry

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

Now in its third year, Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community, as well as activate the public spaces of the museum. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in five places at Mint Museum Uptown: at the foot of the atrium escalator; on the landings of the Mezzanine and 3rd levels; and in the Museum Store.

Constellation CLT is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Previous Installations

Crista Commaroto

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Crista Cammaroto

Exhibition is on view from March 30, 2019 – July 7, 2019 at Mint Museum Uptown
Terra Forma installation will be moved to Mint Museum Randolph later in the spring.

About The Artist

The Terra Forma series began in 2016 and continues today. I pull forms out of the existing environment, inspired by the events of the day and the ecosystem around me for the choice a “drop.” The drop involved placing a ring to create a formal circumference: a terra form, a spherical boundary, a cell, a reference to the earth that sustains us despite our interference. I begin the terra forms as a sensing and experience of place, restricting myself primarily to what nature provides as materials from each form. I dig and mold the earth, later placing surrounding flora, and it becomes a very physical meditation.

-Crista Cammaroto


These framed archival inkjet prints are sumptuous details of Crista Cammaroto’s striking Terra Forma installations. In these images, she preserves the ephemeral beauty of what is actually a fleeting event, as many of the elements in a Terra Forma earthwork will wither and fade over time.

Constellation CLT can be seen in four places at Mint Museum Uptown: at the foot of the atrium escalator, on the landings of the mezzanine, and the 4th Levels.

Cammaroto will also create temporary Terra Forma installations in the atrium of the Mint Museum Uptown from April 17-28 and later in the spring at Mint Museum Randolph.


Follow Crista Cammaroto on Instagram: @crista4205 or check out her website: cristacammaroto.com

Places / Exhibitions

C3 Labs, 2019
2525 Distribution St., Charlotte, NC


Piedmont Open IB Middle School, 2019
1214 East 10th Street, Charlotte, NC


Carolina Raptor Center: 2018, 2019
6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville, NC


McColl Center for art + Innovation, 2014
721 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC


Levine Museum of the New South, 2002
200 East 7th Street, Charlotte, NC

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

Throughout the year, different groups of artists from the Charlotte region will be featured on the walls of 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.

Constellation CLT

Constellation CLT logo

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

Constellation CLT is an exhibition series designed to connect visitors to The Mint Museum with artists in our community. The installations rotate three times per year and can be seen in six places at Mint Museum Uptown: in the entrance; at the foot of the Morrison Atrium escalator; and on the landings of the Mezzanine, Level 3 and Level 4, and The Mint Museum Store.

Constellation CLT is generously presented by Fifth Third Bank.

On View

Watchers #3 (detail), 2021; paper, insulation board and paint

Lydia Thompson: Travelers

On view May 13-September 4, 2022

Mixed-media sculptor Lydia Thompson has traveled the world, working in such geographically diverse places as Nigeria, Denmark, and Canada. She trained as a ceramic artist with a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in fine art from the renowned Alfred University. She has both taught and led university departments throughout the country, most recently at UNC Charlotte. The majority of her work is ceramic, but she also creates sculpture out of paper and mixed media.

In any material, a common thread through her work is the exploration of how we imbue objects with meanings and power and how places—both the landscape and the culture it contains—define who we are. Because she has traveled extensively, she also recognizes the variety of meaning a single image can hold, sometimes provoking diverse interpretations even to members of the same family. Her work explores a person’s relationship to the culture in which they find themselves, presenting identity as distinct from environments while remaining a product of their surroundings.

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Previous Installations

Constellation CLT is generously presented by Fifth Third Bank.