By Bernie Petit
Saturday is the perfect day to appreciate great art indoors and out.
Indoors, it will be a busy day at uptown Charlotte museums as the Mint Museum Uptown and The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Mint Museum Uptown and the Levine Museum of the New South offer free admission as part of and/or coinciding with Smithsonian magazine’s Art Museum Day Live! event. The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art will also be open Saturday for all to enjoy.
“Finding Your Part in Public Art” Scavenger Hunt
Outdoors, along the “Cultural Mile” that stretches from the Levine Center for the Arts to the McColl Center for Visual Art (721 N. Tryon St., Charlotte), the city’s public art will highlighted as the Public Art Commission and the Arts & Science Council invite all who care about public art to participate in the free “Finding Your Part in Public Art” Scavenger Hunt. Scavenger hunt maps and answer keys will be available Saturday morning at Levine Center for the Arts institutions as well as the McColl Center. Participants can do as much or little of the hunt at their leisure. Maps can also be downloaded here. Public art is being celebrated Saturday to mark 10 years of the city and county Public Art Ordinance that established a consistent funding source for public art in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. If you participate, take creative pictures of the public artworks you find and email them to ASC at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or share them with ASC via social media: on Facebook at Facebook.com/ASCCharlotte; via Twitter @ASCCharlotte #PublicArtCLT; or on Instagram @ASCCharlotte.
The Bechtler Museum
Scavenger hunt participants will find themselves by the Becthler (420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte), where they can hop inside to check out the museum’s newest exhibit, “Modernism in Changing Times: Works From 1968.” Admission to the Bechtler is $8 adults, $6 students/seniors/educators, $4 youth ages 11-18 and free children 10 and younger and museum members. For more information, visit www.bechtler.org.
At Mint Uptown
Next door, The Mint Museum Uptown, will hold its Community Day sponsored by PNC to coincide with the Museum Day Live! event. Visitors will still need to pay $10 to see the museum’s newly opened blockbuster exhibition “Inventing the Modern World: Decorative Arts at the World’s Fairs 1851-1939.” For more information, visit www.mintmuseum.org.
The Gantt Center
There just may be a public art piece or two across the street, not too far from the Gantt Center (551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte), where there is only two weeks left to check out the exhibition “The Kinsey Collection: Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey – Where Art and History Intersect.” For more information, visit www.ganttcenter.org.
The Levine Center of the New South
The main attraction at The Levine Center of the New South (200 E. 7th St., Charlotte) is the recently updated and expanded award-winning exhibit “Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South.” Visit www.museumofthenewsouth.org for more information.
More Museums and Public Art
Several other museums are participating in Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! event. Here’s a list of more local participants and recommendations for public art to check out near these sites. To download tickets for free admission Saturday to participating museums, or for more information, visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.
Visit: Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville; www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.
Check Out: Line Play/Space Traverse, the suspended aluminum sculpture at the North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville.
Visit: Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte; www.mintmuseum.org.
Check Out: Finding New Ground, the two mosaic, concrete and steel pinecone sculptures, at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Providence Division, 715 N. Wendover Ave., Charlotte.
Visit: President James K. Polk State Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville; www.nchistoricsites.org/polk/.
Check Out: Ancient Wisdom, a large aluminum water feature at the CPCC Levine Campus, 800 Campus Ridge Road, Matthews.
Visit: Carolina’s Aviation Museum, 4672 First Flight Drive, Charlotte; www.carolinasaviation.org.
Check Out: Ascendus, the stunning steel and glass public artwork at the Charlotte-Douglas airport ramp entering Josh Birmingham Parkway from northbound Billy Graham Parkway in Charlotte.