Mint Museum Randolph in Charlotte, NC, to Host Symposium on African Art on Nov. 15, 2014

A special one-day symposium, “The Arts in Global Africa,” will be held at Mint Museum RANDOLPH, in Charlotte, NC, on Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, from 10amto 5:30pm. Presentations by leading scholars of African art will be capped by an Egungun masquerade by Oyotunji African Village Yoruba performers from Sheldon, SC.

The symposium accompanies an exhibition of African art at The Mint Museum, Arts of Africa, which includes objects from the museum’s permanent collection along with loans from several private individuals, with a significant number drawn from the collection of Michael Gallis of Charlotte. It also marks the publication of a new catalogue titled “Art in the Many Africas”. The exhibition was curated by Dr. Herbert M. Cole, professor emeritus in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture at the University of California, Santa Barbara, who also wrote an essay for the catalogue.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Michael Gallis and Dr. Cole on both the catalogue and symposium,” said Dr. Jonathan Stuhlman, the museum’s Senior Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art. “Their generosity and their dedication to helping the museum develop and enliven this important area of its collection is inspirational.”

The Mint Museum has long been a leader in exploring global themes in art and relating them to the broader community. In addition to African art, Mint Museum Randolph hosts ongoing exhibitions from its permanent collections of European Art and Art of the Ancient Americas. And at Mint Museum Uptown, Dr. Stuhlman has organized an exhibition celebrating the centennial of the Panama Canal, “Connecting the World: The Panama Canal at 100”, and the museum is playing host to many affiliated events emphasizing the Charlotte region’s global ties. “Panama Canal at 100” is on view Nov. 1, 2014 through Feb. 1, 2015.

“The Arts in Global Africa” symposium speakers include Cole along with Drs. Akinwumi Ogundiran, UNC Charlotte; Henry John Drewal, University of Wisconsin; Cécile Fromont, University of Illinois; Victoria Rovine, UNC Chapel Hill. Their presentations will focus on the interactions of Africa with the wider world, especially as reflected in the arts both within and outside the African continent. The masquerade performance will begin at approximately 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by a brief reception. Admission to the symposium is free and pre-registration is required at (mintmuseum.org/happenings) or by calling 704/337-2107.

Attendees will be able to choose a box lunch from Panera Bread at check-in on the morning of the symposium; these will be available on a cash-only basis, prices TBD.

What: Free one-day symposium, “The Arts in Global Africa”

Where: Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28207

When: Saturday, Nov. 15, 10am – 5:30pm

Registration at (mintmuseum.org/happenings) or 704/337-2107

The Mint Museum is a leading, innovative museum of international art and design committed to engaging and inspiring all members of our global community. Established as the first art museum in North Carolina in 1936, The Mint Museum has grown to include two dynamic facilities, Mint Museum Uptown and Mint Museum Randolph, and currently boasts one of largest collections in the Southeast. The Mint proudly offers its visitors inspiring and transformative experiences through art from around the world via its renowned collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and scholarship.

Mint Museum Uptown houses an internationally renowned Craft + Design Collection, as well as outstanding collections of American and Modern & Contemporary Art. Designed by Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston, the five-story, 175,000-square-foot facility combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge exhibitions to provide visitors with unparalleled educational and cultural experiences. Located in the heart of Charlotte’s dynamic center city, Mint Museum Uptown is an integral part of Levine Center for the Arts, a cultural campus that includes the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, the Knight Theater, and the Duke Energy Center. Mint Museum Uptown also features a wide range of visitor amenities, including the 240-seat James B. Duke Auditorium; the Lewis Family Gallery; art studios; a museum shop, and a critically-acclaimed restaurant, Halcyon, Flavors from the Earth.

Located in what was the original branch of the United States Mint, Mint Museum Randolph opened in 1936 in Charlotte’s Eastover neighborhood as the state’s first art museum. Today, in a beautiful park setting, intimate galleries invite visitors to engage with the Art of the Ancient Americas, Decorative Arts, Fashion, European and African Art, among other collections. Resources include a reference library with over 18,000 volumes, a theater featuring lectures and performances, and a museum shop.

For more information, visit (mintmuseum.org).

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