This holiday season, we hope you take a moment to visit some of these great exhibitions at our three major museums. This list of highlights does not include every exhibition, nor does it include the permanent collections, which are always worth reviewing. We hope these art suggestions leave you inspired and happy over the holidays!
At the Mint Museum
“Under Construction: Collage from the Mint Museum”: An exhibition of more than 100 works by more than 50 artists exploring the evolution of collage from the 1950s to the present. Native son Romare Bearden’s work serves as a jumping-off point. Most of the work is from the museum’s permanent collection, with a few exceptions from private collections and regional artists.
“Michael Sherrill Retrospective”: A showcase of work from the past 40 years exploring Sherrill’s botanical sculptures made from metal, glass and clay. The work is deceptively delicate and exquisitely made. The artist presently lives in Western North Carolina and has strong connections to Penland School of Crafts.
“African-Print Fashion Now! A Story Of Taste, Globalization, And Style”: An examination of the colorful, boldly designed, manufactured cotton textiles that have come to be known as “African-print cloth.” The exhibition traces the Indian, Indonesian, Dutch and British roots of these patterns into the present, where they are deeply connected to African Identity.
At the Gantt Center
“Hank Willis Thomas: What We Ask Is Simple”: A collection of photographs depicting the protesters of various social movements throughout the 20th century, including the civil rights movement, women’s suffrage, the American Indian movement, and the Stonewall riots, among others. Chosen images are screen-printed onto retroreflective vinyl and mounted on an aluminum composite material. In addition to serving as a review of the eternal struggle for equality, this exhibition is also a statement on the past art of photojournalism and how it compares to the instant sharing of images that social media provides.
At the Bechtler
“Bechtler Unseen: Works from the 50s and 60s”: This exhibition present more than 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection that the public has never seen. Works on view are by well-known artists such as Joan Miró, Georges Braque, Jean (Hans) Arp and Pablo Picasso as well as extraordinary pieces by several artists whose works are rarely seen in the country.
Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman 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, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).
For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: https://www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article217677675.html.