Exhibition unites the legendary fashion designer and Pop artist

Liza. Jackie. Liz. Between the 1960s and 1980s, these glamorous celebrities needed only one name to conjure images in the minds of those who heard them. Two of the men who helped make those women’s names so evocative are also one-word phenomena themselves: Warhol and Halston. They are the subjects of a new exhibition at The Mint Museum that will transport visitors back to the heady, freewheeling days of the New York art and fashion worlds of the 1980s.

Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede, on view from March 7 through June 14 at Mint Museum Uptown, examines the interconnected lives and creative practices of these two American icons who had a profound impact on 20th century art and fashion. The exhibition has been organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and was co-curated by Halston’s niece, Lesley Frowick. It is presented with the cooperation of Halston Heritage, one of the major lenders to the exhibition.

Locally, the exhibition is presented through the generous support of PNC Financial Services, Electrolux, Moore & Van Allen, the Mint Museum Auxiliary, and the Young Affiliates of the Mint. The exhibition media partner is The Charlotte Observer.

“We are so pleased that such a broad cross-section of our corporate and affiliate partners have brought their support to this exhibition so it can visit Charlotte audiences as part of its national tour,” said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of the Mint.

The exhibition integrates Halston’s garments, including dresses, hats, and other accessories, along with Warhol’s photography, videos, and paintings. It includes approximately 40 of Halston’s creations including an iconic pillbox hat designed for Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in 1961, and his signature Ultrasuede shirtdress, juxtaposed with Warhol’s works. It also features archival material and ephemera from the archives of The Warhol and the personal collection of Lesley Frowick.

“Halston was by far and away one of Andy Warhol’s dearest friends. Is fashion sense was impeccable and his designs quite literally defined an age of American glamour,” said Eric Shiner, director of The Warhol.

“This exhibition is an endearing insider’s homage to friendship, Pop art, and fashion. My uncle left an indelible mark on fashion history and gave me the best seat in the house to watch the show,” added Lesley Frowick.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue, available in the Mint Museum Shops for $50. Additionally it will be accompanied by a full slate of educational programming. Special exhibition admission requires additional fees on top of general museum admission. The cost is $24 for non-member adults; $18 for college students/seniors; $6 for children 5-17; and free for kids under 5. Discounted admission is available on Wednesday evenings and at select special programs. Unlimited admission is always FREE to Mint Museum members. Special programming includes:

More information and registration for these and other programs is available at mintmuseum.org/happenings or by calling 704.337.2000.

MEDIA INVITATION: Members of the media are invited to preview the exhibition at 10 a.m. on Thursday March 5. Light refreshments will be served. Lesley Frowick and museum staff will be available for interviews. Limited gallery photography will be permitted; due to copyright and conservation restrictions, some pieces will be unavailable for photography. High-resolution images are also available upon request. RSVP to leigh.dyer@mintmuseum.org.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: The Mint Museum will preview its next exhibition, Body Embellishment, for members of the media at 10 a.m. on Thursday April 9 at Mint Museum Uptown. Organized by The Mint Museum, this exhibition explores 21st century forms of body embellishment including fashion, jewelry, tattoos, and nail art. More information and images from this innovative show are available upon request to leigh.dyer@mintmuseum.org.


This exhibition is supported by PNC and The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com). PNC is one of the nation’s largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

Annual party raises funds for highly anticipated Halston and Warhol exhibition

The Young Affiliates of the Mint have opened ticket sales for their second annual Fall Ball, which will be held at Mint Museum UPTOWN on Friday, November 7, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Paying homage to The Mint’s highly anticipated Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede exhibition, the 2014 Fall Ball will transform the museum’s atrium into a Pop Art bash. The Young Affiliates invite guests to don their finest Pop-themed threads and enjoy 1960s-inspired décor and dancing, along with live music provided by The 919 Band. Partygoers opting for a break from the dance floor are free to peruse the Mint’s many unique galleries while toasting to the night with their vintage cocktail of choice. While departing the bespoke event space designed by Charlotte artist Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate will be difficult for most, the festivities will continue soon after 11 p.m. at local favorite 5Church, this year’s official Fall Ball After-Party sponsor.

Ticket prices include heavy hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, access to the museum’s galleries, and the opportunity to win a diamond necklace valued at over $2,000 courtesy of Morrison Smith Jewelers. Proceeds from the 2014 Fall Ball will play an essential role in supporting the upcoming Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede exhibition, which debuts at Mint Museum Uptown on March 7, 2015 and will remain on view through June 14, 2015. The exhibition will feature many of Halston’s most prized garment and accessory creations, complemented by renowned Andy Warhol paintings, photographs, and films. This juxtaposition offers a unique insight into the interconnected lives and practices of Halston and Warhol – two icons of 20th century American art and fashion. Halston and Warhol: Silver and Suede is organized by The Andy Warhol Museum, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Find more information and secure your tickets at FallBallCharlotte.com. Early bird ticket pricing – $75 for members and $90 for non-members – ends at midnight on October 19. After the 19th, tickets will be offered at $85 for members and $100 for non-members.


Date & Time: Friday, November 7, 2014 from 7 to 11 p.m.


Location: Mint Museum UPTOWN, 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Tickets: Early Bird (October 2 – October 19): $75 members, $90 non-members

Full-price (October 20 – November 7): $85 members, $100 non-members


Website: FallBallCharlotte.com
 Dress: Black Tie or Pop-themed attire


Fall Ball is the jumping-off point of Young Affiliates Homecoming Weekend, when current and former members will gather to celebrate the organization’s 25 years as one of Charlotte’s marquee professional groups. On Saturday, November 8, a family-friendly 25th Anniversary Celebration will take place at Mint Museum RANDOLPH from noon to 4 p.m., followed by an oyster roast on the lawn from 4 to 7 p.m. For more information regarding Homecoming Weekend, please visit YoungAffiliates.org.