Charlotte City Guide

2018

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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46 Charlotte City Guide 2018 T he Queen City's galleries aren't the stuffy, silent spaces you dreaded as a kid. Rather, Charlotte's increasingly diversifying arts scene awaits in a chic bungalow, a neo-Gothic church, approachable storefronts and lovely museums. Nicknamed the "Uptown Museum Trifecta," the Levine Center for the Arts includes three of the city's top art stops. e Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture celebrates works created by Africans and African-Americans. If you're in town on a Sunday, catch the Classic Black Cinema Series. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art showcases mid-20th century modernist art from such celebrated names as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Barbara Hepworth. At the Mint Museum's Uptown and Randolph locations, the global art community is represented through the city's largest collection of fine art, pottery, cras and more. e Sonia and Isaac Luski Gallery at Foundation For e Carolinas displays donated pieces, mostly glass, from local philanthropists. Enjoy works by Dale Chihuly, Jon Kuhn and painter Chuck Close. Want to see art in action? In an Uptown neo-Gothic church, browse the gallery and watch artists-in-residence create at the McColl Center for Art + Innovation. Perhaps you'd like to purchase a supreme souvenir. Sozo Gallery, Shain Gallery, Jerald Melberg Gallery, New Gallery of Modern Art and Ciel Gallery feature a variety of works for novice art buyers to professional collectors. In addition to art, find a vast selection of books at Southern Comfort Gallery (SOCO Gallery), a 1920s Myers Park bungalow owned by Chandra Johnson, wife of NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson. And with spaces in Charlotte and Buenos Aires, Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects fosters cross-cultural appreciation for Charlotte's support of global culture and the visually striking style of Latin American art. ART SMART THE LOCAL ARTS SCENE AWAITS. ART IN THE OPEN • The Firebird Bechtler Museum of Modern Art Plaza is gleaming sculpture (lovingly dubbed the "Disco Chicken") is a whimsical work by Niki de Saint Phalle that features 7,500 mirrored mosaic glass tiles. • The Writer's Desk ImaginOn: e Joe & Joan Martin Center To honor Rolfe Heill, longtime chairman and publisher of e Charlotte Observer, artist Larry Kirkland constructed a collection of oversized writing tools—quill, pencils, books and keyboard. • Sculptures at Independence Square Intersection of Trade and Tryon streets Representing commerce, industry, transportation and the future, four bronze statues by artist Raymond J. Kaskey mark the highest elevation point in the city. • Ascendus Billy Graham Parkway/Charlotte Douglas International Airport Craed by Ed Carpenter to reflect the spirit of flight, this aluminum, steel and glass structure stands 60 feet tall and illuminates at night. • Magic Carpet Murals Charlotte Rail Trail Created as a collaboration between artists and community members, these colorful carpet murals flank the light rail and are meant to be walked, run, biked or danced on. 1 Mint Museum Uptown 2 The Firebird at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art PHOTO BY PATRICK SCHNEIDER PHOTOGRAPHY 1 2

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