Mint Museum Uptown to host The Light Factory’s Moment Mile

Mint has also recently opened two other spotlight exhibitions with Charlotte connections

Back in November, the eyes of Charlotte turned toward Tryon Street, where 138 local photographers captured a simultaneous panoramic shot of a mile-long stretch of Tryon Street. And now, the resulting prints – 100 feet long – are going on view to the public FREE in a pop-up gallery inside Mint Museum Uptown.

Moment Mile will be on view in the museum’s Level 5 expansion space – raw, unfinished space on the museum’s top floor that was first used last fall for The Boombox Project, a pop-up gallery of photos by Lyle Owerko. This new project, which will occupy even more of the space first glimpsed during the Boombox run, will continue the museum’s recent emphasis on showcasing photography.

From December 17, 2014 through February 22, 2015, the Moment Mile gallery is open FREE to the public during regular museum hours – 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Museum visitors can receive special admission stickers to visit the Level 5 gallery without paying museum admission fees. The Moment Mile project has received generous support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Wells Fargo, and the Arts & Science Council.

“Participatory projects like Moment Mile are a new avenue that involve the Charlotte community in what we are doing at The Light Factory, and more broadly involve others in the art of film and photography,” said Sean Busher, The Light Factory board member and Charlotte advertising photographer.

The new exhibition coincides with two new spotlight shows from the Mint’s own permanent collection – one from a photographer who got her own start at The Light Factory, and the other from the most famous artist born in Charlotte.

In the Mint’s Level 4 Modern & Contemporary Galleries, the museum is showcasing Kristina Rogers: Into the Labyrinthand Conversations: Romare Bearden and Richard Hunt.

This is the Mint’s first exhibition showcasing the work of Rogers (1945-2011), who was born in Germany and moved to Charlotte when she was nine years old. After studying in London and traveling widely, she settled with her husband in Waxhaw, N.C. and got involved with The Light Factory. She is known for multi-layered photographs created by overlapping negatives, to which she frequently added objects, historical photographs, and other artifacts. Shortly before her death, she donated nearly 100 of her prints to the Mint’s permanent collection, and this exhibition brings together 25 of her most provocative works.

Conversations:Romare Bearden and Richard Hunt is the latest exhibition in the Mint’s permanent Romare Bearden Gallery. It explores parallels between the two contemporaries – Bearden, who was born in Charlotte in 1911 and became the world’s most famous collagist before his death in 1988; and Hunt, widely regarded as one of the greatest living American sculptors. The Mint holds the largest repository of Bearden’s art of any public art museum, and has returned many of his signature works to public view, including Of the Blues: Carolina Shout, 1974, and Evening of the Gray Cat, 1982, which inspired the design of the museum’s Lewis Family Gallery. Hunt has been commissioned to create a monumental public sculpture in Bearden’s honor for Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Romare Bearden Park, just one block north of Mint Museum Uptown. The sculpture is scheduled for unveiling sometime in 2015.

Above image: Sean Busher, Photo by Kelly Busher

Our Heritage, Our History

For one weekend only: Three powerful exhibitions with the potential to make an impact!

For one weekend only, experience this exciting intersection of exhibitions, plus a special event. A collaboration among the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Levine Museum of the New South, and The Mint Museum offers an exciting and important opportunity to deeply explore the impact of African-Americans through art, experience, and dialogue.

The Gantt Center’s America I AM: The African American Imprint,The Mint Museum’s Hard Truths: the Art of Thornton Dial, and Levine Museum’s Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America are coming together along with The Black Arts Movement: Present Condition – Future Vision.

THE BLACK ARTS MOVEMENT: PRESENT CONDITION – FUTURE VISION
SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, 3 P.M.
A moderated panel discussion presented by OnQ Performing Arts, at Duke EnergyTheatre, Spirit Square. Distinguished leaders of the black arts movement explore the radicalism, relevance and vision of this groundbreaking creative crusade from its emergence out of the 1960s civil rights movement to current 21st century reality. Moderated by John (Moe) Moore, panelists include: Amiri Baraka, poet/playwright (Newark, N.J.); Lou Bellamy, Founder/Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company (St. Paul, Minn.), and JoanMyers Brown, Founder of Philadanco! – The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadelphia, Penn.). FREE TO ATTEND. TICKET INFO 704.372.1000.

Presented by ONQ Performing Arts, JOMA Arts & Consulting LLC, and the Arts & Science Council.

AMERICA I AM: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN IMPRINT presents a historical continuum of pivotal moments in courage, conviction and creativity that helps to solidify the undeniable imprint of African Americans across the nation and around the world. On display through Jan. 1, 2013, the exhibit’s more than 200 artifacts and information provide context to how African Americans have contributed to and shaped American culture, with diverse objects ranging from the typewriter Alex Haley used to pen his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots to Prince’s guitar!

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
551 South Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts; ganttcenter.org

HARD TRUTHS: THE ART OF THORNTON DIAL is an epic gathering of more than 30 large-scale paintings, sculptures, and wall assemblages that address the most compelling issues of our time, on view at Mint Museum Uptown through Sept. 30. A companion exhibition, DRAWINGS BY THORNTON DIAL, is on view at Mint Museum Randolph through Sept. 30. Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial is organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is brought to the community with generous support from Wells Fargo, and additional support provided by Duke Energy.

Admission is FREE at both Mint locations on Saturday September 29 in conjunction with Museum Day Live! Also join the Hola Charlotte 2012, A Cultural Celebration! It takes place noon-5 p.m. Saturday outside Mint Museum Uptown. And take part in the public launch of the Mint’s Vote for Art project at Mint Museum Uptown!

Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street

Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road

Open Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.; mintmuseum.org

WITHOUT SANCTUARY: LYNCHING PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA is a graphic exhibit that examines one of the most horrific chapters of American history, and one that continues to influence society today. A powerful collection of photographs and postcards documenting hangings and other killings carried out by lynch mobs, the exhibit is designed to recognize the humanity of the victims and to promote cross-cultural discussion that can bring healing and vigilance against future acts of bigotry and violence. Presented by Bank of America, Without Sanctuary will be on display Sept. 29 – Dec. 31, 2012.

Levine Museum of the New South
Open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. (free admission on 9/30)
200 East 7th Street; museumofthenewsouth.org