Our Heritage, Our History

For one weekend only: Three powerful exhibitions with the potential to make an impact!

For one weekend only, experience this exciting intersection of exhibitions, plus a special event. A collaboration among the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, Levine Museum of the New South, and The Mint Museum offers an exciting and important opportunity to deeply explore the impact of African-Americans through art, experience, and dialogue.

The Gantt Center’s America I AM: The African American Imprint,The Mint Museum’s Hard Truths: the Art of Thornton Dial, and Levine Museum’s Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America are coming together along with The Black Arts Movement: Present Condition – Future Vision.

A moderated panel discussion presented by OnQ Performing Arts, at Duke EnergyTheatre, Spirit Square. Distinguished leaders of the black arts movement explore the radicalism, relevance and vision of this groundbreaking creative crusade from its emergence out of the 1960s civil rights movement to current 21st century reality. Moderated by John (Moe) Moore, panelists include: Amiri Baraka, poet/playwright (Newark, N.J.); Lou Bellamy, Founder/Artistic Director of Penumbra Theatre Company (St. Paul, Minn.), and JoanMyers Brown, Founder of Philadanco! – The Philadelphia Dance Company (Philadelphia, Penn.). FREE TO ATTEND. TICKET INFO 704.372.1000.

Presented by ONQ Performing Arts, JOMA Arts & Consulting LLC, and the Arts & Science Council.

AMERICA I AM: THE AFRICAN AMERICAN IMPRINT presents a historical continuum of pivotal moments in courage, conviction and creativity that helps to solidify the undeniable imprint of African Americans across the nation and around the world. On display through Jan. 1, 2013, the exhibit’s more than 200 artifacts and information provide context to how African Americans have contributed to and shaped American culture, with diverse objects ranging from the typewriter Alex Haley used to pen his Pulitzer Prize-winning book Roots to Prince’s guitar!

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
Open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.
551 South Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts; ganttcenter.org

HARD TRUTHS: THE ART OF THORNTON DIAL is an epic gathering of more than 30 large-scale paintings, sculptures, and wall assemblages that address the most compelling issues of our time, on view at Mint Museum Uptown through Sept. 30. A companion exhibition, DRAWINGS BY THORNTON DIAL, is on view at Mint Museum Randolph through Sept. 30. Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial is organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and is brought to the community with generous support from Wells Fargo, and additional support provided by Duke Energy.

Admission is FREE at both Mint locations on Saturday September 29 in conjunction with Museum Day Live! Also join the Hola Charlotte 2012, A Cultural Celebration! It takes place noon-5 p.m. Saturday outside Mint Museum Uptown. And take part in the public launch of the Mint’s Vote for Art project at Mint Museum Uptown!

Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts, 500 South Tryon Street

Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road

Open Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 1-5 p.m.; mintmuseum.org

WITHOUT SANCTUARY: LYNCHING PHOTOGRAPHY IN AMERICA is a graphic exhibit that examines one of the most horrific chapters of American history, and one that continues to influence society today. A powerful collection of photographs and postcards documenting hangings and other killings carried out by lynch mobs, the exhibit is designed to recognize the humanity of the victims and to promote cross-cultural discussion that can bring healing and vigilance against future acts of bigotry and violence. Presented by Bank of America, Without Sanctuary will be on display Sept. 29 – Dec. 31, 2012.

Levine Museum of the New South
Open Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m. (free admission on 9/30)
200 East 7th Street; museumofthenewsouth.org