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On display: Exhibits you don't want to miss
7 exhibits showcasing everything from gassy animals to high fashion
Published Tuesday, August 6, 2013 12:00 pm
by Michaela L. Duckett

"Of the Blues," a collage made of acrylic and lacquer on board by Romare Bearden is one of the pieces on display in the Romare Bearden Gallery, part of the permanent collection of art at The Mint Museum Uptown.

As a city that takes great pride in its love of the arts, Charlotte is home to numerous museums. Many of them are architectural masterpieces with exteriors just as fascinating as the works inside them. From exhibits exploring the artistic relationships between lovers and friends to displays showcasing the fashions of Christian Dior and Yves Saint Laurent, we’ve highlighted some of the hottest exhibits currently on display. Check them out before they’re gone.

Artistic Relationships: Partners, Mentors Lovers
The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art | 420 North Tryon Street
www.Bechtler.org | (704) 353-9200

Artists can sometimes be reclusive beings that create in isolation, but their works are often the result of a spark ignited by their relationships with other artists. “Artistic Relationships” explores these relationships through paintings, prints, textiles and sculptures that reflect the 20th century’s experimentation with abstract art and the human figure. On display until Aug. 26, the exhibit features 85 works by artists such as Joan Miro’, Alexander Cader, Alfred Manessler, Jean Tinguely and Fernand Leger.

The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture | 551 South Tryon Street
www.GanttCenter.org | (704) 547-3700

Bernard and Shirley Kinsey have spent the better part of their 40-plus year marriage collecting paintings, literature, memorabilia, sculptures and other artifacts that illuminate the often-untold story of African-American contribution and achievement. On display through Oct. 12, the collection includes works by Romare Bearden, a first edition book of poetry by Phillis Wheatley and letters penned by Martin Luther King Jr.

Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance and Ease
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
www.MintMuseum.org | (704) 337-2000

French fashion has long been and continues to be at the forefront of global designs. “Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent” features 30 exquisite designs by French masters Christian Dior, Pierre Balmain and Yves Saint Laurent, who made significant headway as one of the first in fashion history to present ready-to-wear designs such as his famous tuxedo suit. Dior established Paris as the center of the world of modern haute couture, and Balmain’s tailored suits are still sought after by Hollywood stars and jet-setters.

Animal Grossology
Discovery Place | 301 North Tryon Street
www.DiscoveryPlace.org | (704) 372-6261 ext. 300

Did you know scientists are researching slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis or that cows are one of the gassiest animals on Earth? Adapted from the bestselling “Grossology” children’s book, this exhibit is sure to have adults and children alike totally en-GROSS-ed in many fun facts like these. Featuring sophisticated animatronics and imaginative animated characters, Animal Grossology is on display until September 2.

Champions Exhibit
NASCAR Hall of Fame | 400 East Martin Luther King Blvd.
www.NASCARHall.com | (704) 654-4400

The ideal photo op for a shot with the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge that 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Brad Keselowski won Talladega with on May 6, 2012. "Champions Exhibit," now on display at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, also features fire suits, helmets and other personal items owned by Keselowski and 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion James Buescher.

Romare Bearden Gallery
Mint Museum Uptown | 500 South Tryon Street
www.MintMuseum.org | (704) 337-2000

Mint Museum Uptown includes a permanent gallery devoted to the work of Charlotte native Romare Bearden (1911-1988). One of America’s foremost modernists, Bearden is best known for his groundbreaking use of collage and vibrant portrayals of American life, depicting a wide range of subjects from contemporary urban scenes to nostalgic recollections of the rural South. A park is being dedicated to Bearden later this month on the corner of 3rd and Church streets.

Arts of Africa
Mint Museum Randolph | 2730 Randolph Road
www.MintMuseum.org | (704) 337-2000

From its three enormous rivers – Nile, Niger and Congo – to its large dense forests, huge deserts, hilly grasslands and snowcapped mountains, the continent of Africa is one of remarkable diversity. Even its social and political systems are diverse, ranging from great empires city-states to small villages and nomadic bands of hunters. So it’s no wonder that this rich diversity is explored in its arts. “Arts of Africa” celebrates these various art forms that date back as far as 27,000 BC.


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