Daily: Online Collections

Did you know you can see inside 745 museums worldwide without ever leaving your desk? With Google Art Project thousands of works of art are available to view with just the click of a mouse!  Two Charlotte museums: The Mint Museum and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture have added parts of their collections to this resource for the world to be able to see!

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The Gantt Center has added items from their permanent collection, The Hewitt Collection of African American Art.  What is great about this is, most of the Hewitt Collection is often travelling and is not available to see in Charlotte! Now you can see the works by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Charles Alston and many more anywhere and anytime that you have access to the internet!

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The Mint Museum has added 51 items from their permanent collections as well. Focusing primarily on items from their contemporary collection, fashion collection, and the Craft + Design collection, we think there is so much more that could be added! How about adding some of the works that are hidden away in storage, Mint Museum? We want to see more!

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The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art has also been working to add pieces of their collection online to their own website. Because this collection was built by a family – Hans and Bessie Bechtler and their children – this collection shares intimate moments that document the personal connection between the artists and collectors.

Obviously we are a proponent of visiting the museum in person instead of just viewing the works in person.  But these online collections are a great way to prepare yourself for your museum visit so that you get the most of your experience. Or a great way to share Charlotte’s cultural offerings with someone who may not be able to get here in person!

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