To commemorate the life and career of Pablo Picasso on the 50th anniversary of the date of his death, join the Mint for a ‘Pablomonium’ Community Celebration that includes complimentary admission to Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts and the exhibition Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds, plus live music, art activities, film screenings, photo booths, food trucks, a cash bar, and door prizes.
During the community celebration, free one-hour timed tickets are first come, first served to Picasso Landscapes based on exhibition capacity.
Bring your earbuds to enjoy the free audio tour that complements Picasso Landscapes!
Schedule of events
11 AM- 5 PM: Live music and cash bar | Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium
Noon–4 PM: Photo station with Playing Pablo murals | Level 5 Queens Room
12:30, 1, 1:30, and 2 PM: Mint on the Dot talks in Picasso Landscapes. Look for “Mint on the Dot!” signs on the gallery floor
1-4 PM: Art activities | Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium
1–5 PM: Face painting and more | Van Allen Terrace
10 Local artists create murals in response to works in Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds
By Jen Sudul Edwards, PhD
Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds, organized by the American Federation of the Arts, is a major initiative for The Mint Museum. It not only brings major Picasso paintings to Charlotte from all around the world, but also offers an opportunity for the museum to bring together multiple cultural entities in collaborations and partnerships. One of these projects is a mural series enlisting 10 artists and collectives (some of whom will be familiar to the Mint audience from past projects) to create murals around the city.
The initiative is a partnership with Carla Aaron-Lopez, curator of the Local/Street exhibition series that was on view at The Mint Museum in 2021 and 2022; and Talking Walls, the organization that has been supporting mural installations across the city for the last five years.
Together with Aaron-Lopez and the Mint’s Curatorial Assistant Jamila Brown, a group of local artists were invited to paint a mural in response to Guernica — Picasso’s powerful, mural-size antiwar painting — or any of the landscapes included in the Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds. The result is a diverse range of styles and images that will dot Charlotte’s urban landscape and the two Mint museum locations beginning mid-February 2023.
Involving Charlotte contemporary artists was always central to the Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds. As Aaron-Lopez and local artist ARKO have pointed out, Picasso continues to be a major influence on contemporary artists both as an inspiration and as a foil. The exhibition allows local artists to study the works up close and in person, to break down the structure, and analyze the compositions and brushstrokes to further their own education and experimentation. This partnership reminds us that one of the museum’s primary goals is to preserve and present art’s history so that the next generation can push it forward.
The Picasso Mural project is generously supported by a grant through the North Carolina Arts Council and Infusion Fund.
Mural artists and locations
ARKO and Dammit Wesley
Mint Museum Uptown
Brand the Moth
Mint Museum Randolph
Mint Museum Uptown
Frankie Zombie and 2Gzandcountin
Jen Sudul-Edwards, PhD, is chief curator and curator of contemporary art at The Mint Museum.