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Free Bearden events at the Mint

To mark the end of the Mint Museum Uptown's acclaimed "Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections" exhibit, the public can take part in two days of free events during the Mint's Community Homecoming Weekend. It's from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the museum, 500 S. Tryon St.

The celebration is filled with many of the things that inspired Bearden's work: music, art, family and food. Activities include gallery tours, special performances, live music, creative arts activities and refreshments.

The Mint-organized major retrospective of one of America's most preeminent African-American artists and foremost collagists has received attention in national publications ranging from The Wall Street Journal to the New York Times.

During the weekend, the public will get the chance to see two more "living billboards" of Bearden's work brought to life with local musicians.

There's also a chance to take part in the video collage, the Romare Bearden Memory Train. Those who want to participate will be recorded on video as they share their personal memories about their family, childhood, moving or home. The videos will be compiled to form what's called a "community-wide reflection piece."

Bearden, one of the most renowned African-American artists of the 20th century, was born in Charlotte in 1911. He left Charlotte with his family when he was around 4, although he made return visits into his teens, and what he saw stayed with him throughout his life.

Following its run in Charlotte, the exhibition will travel to the Tampa Museum of Art and then Newark Museum.

Details: 704-337-2000; www.mintmuseum.org.

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