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Romare Bearden: Memory Train

Romare Bearden: Memory Train

Mint Museum UPTOWN/RANDOLPH  Memory Train: Celebrating Community Through the Power of Remembrance is a community talkback project that accompanies the celebrated Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections exhibition at The Mint Museum Uptown.

About The Project

Memory Train: Celebrating Community Through the Power of Remembrance is a community talkback project that accompanies the celebrated Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections exhibition at The Mint Museum Uptown. Just as Bearden constructed the story of his life's journey through painting and collage, the Memory Train project invites you to recall and share your memories with your community.

Do you remember your first childhood home? A happy family memory? A time that you moved and had to leave things behind? Record your reflections at the exhibition, on display through January 8, or join us at one of the community reflection days listed below. You can also record and send your video via smartphone by emailing your video clip to The collected video responses will create a film that will become part of the community record. Excerpts from the film will premiere at the museum at a special Community Homecoming Weekend on January 8-9.

Community Reflection Events
December 1: 6-7 p.m. at Spirit Square
December 2: 5:30-9 p.m. at Gil Gallery (Southend Gallery Crawl)
December 3: 10 a.m-3 p.m. at Northwest School of the Arts (Crossroads Charlotte)
6-9 p.m. at Charlotte Museum of History
December 4: 2-5 p.m. at Mint Museum Randolph

Browse a selection of collected responses below. Check often for more responses and community reflection dates!

Press the playlist button  to view more responses in the playlist.

Visitors to the exhibition are prompted with five questions:

• Bearden’s art depicts scenes from the past. Describe a memory from your past. What do you see, hear, smell? Are you inside or outside? What colors do you see? Who else is there?
• Many of Bearden’s works depict happy family memories. What is your favorite happy memory from your family?
• Think about the first place you remember living as a child. Where was it? What colors and textures do you recall? Think about the furniture, the walls, and the floors. Who lived there with you? Does the building still exist?
• Bearden’s family moved from the Charlotte to the North when he was a child. Describe a time in your life when you moved to a new place. Why did you move, and how old were you? What did you take with you? What did you have to leave behind?
• Bearden experienced a sense of loss when he returned to Charlotte as an adult and saw many changes to the city. Have you experienced this kind of feeling when you visited the place where you grew up?

Online Resources

For more information on the Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections exhibition, please visit the Mintwiki. Created by The Mint Museum Library, Mintwiki provides online information on the special exhibitions and permanent collections of The Mint Museum.