Arts & Culture

Best Exhibits To Visit This Summer In Charlotte

May 6, 2013 8:00 AM

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As summer nears, it’s time to ink in your calendar with some of the stellar exhibitions available here in Charlotte. From gross-outs to muses, high fashion to a look at the low country, our museums have amazing, frequently changing exhibits. Some of these exhibits are child-friendly while others are geared towards adults. A number of the opportunities are located in Uptown Charlotte and can be combined to make a full day of fun.

Animal Grossology
Discovery Place
301 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 372-6261 

Date: June 1, 2013 to September 2, 2013

You and your family can enjoy this hands-on exhibit at Discovery Place. The exhibit is based on author/teacher Sylvia Branzei’s best selling children’s books, “Grossology.” Visitors have an opportunity to participate in learning games including “Chew Chew Express” which provides a fun glimpse into the digestion of cows, one of our gassiest animals. Safety tips including how to deal with jellyfish stings and the medicinal use of leaches are provided along with the entertainment. It’s a great opportunity to let your children get grossed out while secretly learning.

Artistic Relationships – Partners, Mentors, Lovers
Bechtler Museum
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 353-9200

Date: Through July 29, 2013

Charlotte’s Bechtler Museum is showcasing “Artistic Relationships – Partners, Mentors, Lovers”. The artists displayed often exhibited together and are frequently linked together. Eighty-five works by Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Joan Miro, Fernand Leger, Jean Tinguely, Le Courbusier and others are all connected by both circumstance and spirit. Some of the pairings are friends, some mentors and a few lovers. Included in the exhibit is Charlotte favorite Niki de Saint Phalle, creator of the “Firebird”  sculpture.

Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance And Ease
Mint Museum – Randolph
2730 Randolph Road
Charlotte, NC 28207
(704) 337-2000

Date: Through January 12, 2014

Fashionistas must make time to visit the Mint Museum’s Randolph Road location for the incredible exhibit, “Dior, Balmain, Saint Laurent: Elegance and Ease.” This is an opportunity to examine the ways that three amazing French designers changed the way women dress. You can check out Dior’s “New Look,” Balmain’s elegant formal evening wear and Yves Saint Laurent’s tuxedo suits along with many of their other designs. This is your chance to see the evolution of modern French fashion up close and at your leisure.

Related: Best Public Art In Uptown Charlotte

Jonathan Green: A Spiritual Journey Of Life and Etched In The Eyes; David Herman, Jr.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts & Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 374-1565

Date: Exhibit dates vary

The Gantt has just opened two exciting new exhibits: “Jonathan Green: A Spiritual Journey of Life” and “Etched in the Eyes: David Herman, Jr.” Both exhibits have their roots in the Low Country of the Carolinas. The Green exhibit is a retrospective of his work, steeped in his personal experiences in the Gullah culture. His work is bright and colorful. Herman’s work is a combination of photographs, video and writing, examining the Gullah/Geechee culture and the African diaspora of the Low Country and Sea Islands.

Fighting For Democracy: Who Is The “We” In “We the People”?
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 333-1887

Date: Through July 14, 2013

This fascinating Museum is presenting another thought provoking exhibit that will keep your mind in gear during the warm summer months. This traveling exhibit originated at the National Center for the Preservation of Democracy in Los Angeles. Seven different perspectives are presented for the visitor, allowing an exploration of seven different true stories of people affected by World War II. The vignettes all show the perspective of these individuals as they address the question in the show’s title — What does the “We” in “We the People” really mean?. Visitors are encouraged to examine and discuss their own relationship to democracy.

Related: Best Places To Buy Local Art For Less Than 100 In Charlotte

Lauren J. Walter is a freelance writer covering all things Charlotte. Her work can be found on

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