Why This Matters: The Mint Museum is celebrating a milestone anniversary with free access to its museums and exhibitions that highlight the accomplishments of women artists.
By Bernie Petit
The Mint Museum is celebrating its 80th anniversary – dubbed “The Year of the Woman” – this weekend. Here are four ways the first art museum in North Carolina is celebrating and how you can join in the fun.
1) Free Community Day, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, Mint Randolph. The day features interactive activities, do-it-yourself art projects, docent tours, food trucks, live music and free admission.
2) Free admission to Mint Randolph and Mint Uptown, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23. There will be plenty of fun activities at Mint Museum Uptown Saturday, from self-guided scavenger hunts and performances by Jazz Arts Initiative to lectures and drop-in tours.
3) “Women of Abstract Expressionism” exhibit opens Saturday, Oct. 22, and runs through Jan. 22, 2017, Mint Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts. The first major museum exhibition to focus on the groundbreaking women artists affiliated with the Abstract Expressionist movement during its seminal years between 1945 and 1960.
4) “Fired Up: Women in Glass” exhibit opens Saturday, Oct. 22, and runs through Feb. 26, 2017, Mint Uptown. Co-curated by the Mint’s Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion, Annie Carlano, and Toledo’s Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Glass, Jutta Page, “Fired Up” is the first American art museum exhibition to look at the achievements of women working with glass.
Mint Museum Randolph is at 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte. Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts is at 500 S. Tryon St., Charlotte. For more details on the Mint’s 80th anniversary celebration, visit www.mintmuseum.org/80th/.