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Best Museum Exhibits This Spring In Charlotte

February 24, 2014 8:00 AM

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March 20, 2014, is the first day of spring. If weather holds to typical patterns, Charlotte will be abloom with greenery and flowers. Floral themes, the accomplishments and perception of women and the man who designed one local museum are the subjects of exhibits in some of Charlotte’s museums this coming spring. Visitors or students on spring break will be able to enjoy art works spanning hundreds of years to the present. When planning your visit, call ahead to ask about any admission prices, free days or special events tied to the exhibits.

Mario Botta: Architecture And Memory
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 353-9200

Date: Through July 25, 2014

The work of the man who designed the Bechtler Museum is highlighted in this exhibit. Foremost post-modernist architect Mario Botta was held in high esteem internationally for leading the way in his genre for 50 years. The exhibit will include documents that show his process with drawings, pictures and models.

I See You: The Politics Of Being
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture
551 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 547-3700

Date: Through June 1, 2014

“I See You” will join “Question Bridge” and the permanent collection of African American art from John and Vivian Hewitt hanging at the Gantt Center. The perception of Latina and African women is the subject. Contemporary female artists from Africa, the Caribbean Islands and other areas of the African Diaspora will be displayed. The participating artists are photographer Endia Beal, mixed media artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz, Michaela Pilar Brown, who focuses on the female form, Nigerian artists Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze and Toyin Odutola and Brooklyn, NY-based Alexandria Smith.

Women Of Vision: National Geographic Photographers On Assignment
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000

Date: March 29 – July 20, 2014

Eleven spirited women are spotlighted in this exhibition of more than 100 National Geographic photographs. The amazing and compelling stories told through these photographers have impacted millions. Viewers will take an international journey with the images, produced on assignment in sometimes challenging conditions. Journalist Ann Curry has written the foreword to an illustrated publication which accompanies this exhibit, touring five cities.

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Allure Of Flowers: Botanical Motifs In Craft Design & Fashion
Mint Museum Uptown
500 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
(704) 337-2000

Date: March 1 – Aug. 10, 2014

The Mint Museum Uptown focuses on flowers, so appropriate to the spring season. Images from the 1850s to the present will show how flowers have been used as ornaments. The exhibit will be arranged according to flower type with works from the museum’s permanent collection. Textiles, ceramics, glass work, jewelry and more will be displayed. Several artistic periods will be traced, from the Arts and Crafts Movement to Art Nouveau to psychedelic techniques of the 60s and 70s.

Charlotte Collects
The Light Factory
1817 Central Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
(704) 333-9755

Date: Spring 2014

For four decades, The Light Factory has established its place in Charlotte’s arts scene with exhibits and classes specializing in art, photography and film. It has undergone some recent challenges which have required a move to a new location and a thorough reorganization. The Light Factory is updating its new gallery and planning an exhibit of photography from the collections of area residents called “Charlotte Collects.” There will be no admission to visit the gallery. Visit the website for updates on the opening.

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Jacquelin Celeste Peters has produced award winning radio programs at WPFW Pacifica-Washington. She is a Culture and Events Examiner in Charlotte, North Carolina, which she calls home. Her work can be found at

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