Each week, Lia Newman and Grace Cote 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.
What to do:
Have visitors for Thanksgiving? On Wednesday evening, both locations of the Mint Museum are open late (until 9 p.m.), and entrance into the permanent collection is free. At the uptown location, check out two new shows, “Modern Musings: European Works on Paper,” and “Viva Moschino!” (Nonmembers will get free general museum admission but will have to pay to see the special exhibitions.) If you just can’t get out of the kitchen before Thursday’s feast, head to the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art on Friday instead, where you can catch their current exhibitions, “Sam Francis: Rapid Fluid Indivisible Vision” and “Portraying the Patron: Andy Warhol and the Bechtlers,” both put together by new curator Jen Edwards.
Who to meet:
Ivan Toth Depeña, an interdisciplinary artist informed by his experiences in art, architecture, technology, and design. Depeña, a recent transplant to Charlotte, can be found working in his studio at McColl Center for Art + Innovation. His latest works can be seen in an exhibition on the second and third floors of the Center through Jan. 2.