Each week, Grace Cote, Lia Newman and Kati Stegall offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, Stegall is Art-in-Transit program administrator at the Charlotte Area Transit System, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
Who to meet
Burk Uzzle, whose photographic work explores the eccentricities of American life while also capturing poignant moments in contemporary history, including the civil rights movement and Woodstock. Born in Raleigh, Uzzle began working as a photographer at the News & Observer at 17, moving to LIFE magazine by age 23, and now lives and works in Wilson. His work is being shown this summer at the N.C. Museum of Art, the Ackland Art Museum at UNC-Chapel Hill, the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke, and at SOCO Gallery in Charlotte. From 6 to 8 p.m. July 27 at SOCO, The HappeningsCLT team will do its first live “Carolina Art Crush” interview with him.
Where to go
Check out the new “All That Sparkles ... 20th Century Artists’ Jewelry” at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. This creative look at wearable art showcases jewelry next to work by artists in the museum’s collection like Alberto Giacometti, Alicia Penalba and Raffael Benazzi.