Must see exhibits closing soon
As the holiday season draws to a close so do some very noteworthy exhibits at local museums. So, if you find a some free time in between messing with that new gadget or playing with the new toy, sneak away and try to capture some of these unique shows.
Levine Museum of the New South
- It's a bird; it's a plane; it's … your 8th grade homeroom teacher. Silent Heroes is a crowd sourced photo exhibit culled together by photos and essays sent in from Charlotte-area residents to honor local unsung heroes. Matthews-based Silent Images asked local residents to send in photos and letters about the local heroes that don't get enough credit. What they've created is a moving exhibit featuring tales of sacrifice, dedication and hope in the Queen City. This exhibit ends Dec. 31.
- Without Sanctuary is a jarring photo exhibit meant to explore America's relationship with lynchings. The exhibit features 70 photos, many of which were collected over a 25 year period by James Allen, of lynchings and their aftermaths. The photos are meant to expose and examine a brutal chapter in the nation's history. Along with the photos, Levine Museum historian Dr. Tom Hanchett has created exhibit panels discussing the 260 documented lynchings in the Carolinas. This exhibit ends Dec. 31.
For more information on these exhibits visit www.museumofthenewsouth.org.
The Mint Museum Uptown
- North Carolina native and painter Beverly McIver is world reknown for her expressive paintings examining race, gender and class in America. The exhibit Reflections: Portraits by Beverly McIver showcases her works from the past 10 years, much of which has been shaped by becoming the caretaker of her mentally-disabled sister Renee and the 2004 death of her mother. Both women feature prominently in McIver's recent work. McIver was recently the focus of an HBO documentary called Raising Renee about her new caretaker role and how it effects her work. This exhibit closes Jan. 6.
- The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art is a century long look at the works of Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889) and his two sons, John Ferguson Weir (1841-1926) and Julian Alden Weir (1851-1919). The exhibit uses the Weir's to help explain the evolving styles in American artwork as many of the nation's artists, the Weir's included, studied in Europe and brought with them new perspectives and styles. This exhibit closes Jan. 20.
- Woodworking is generally discussed in language of design or crafting and is not always considered an artform. That perception is changing. The exhibit Against the Grain: Woodworking in Contemporary Art, Craft, and Design helps examine why. This exhibit closes Jan. 27.
For more information on these exhibits visit www.mintmuseum.org
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