There are a few new exhibitions on our radar, one opening on July 1st at the Bechtler and the second on July 16th at the Gantt Museum of African American Arts + Culture.
On July 1, All that Sparkles – 20th Century Artists’ Jewelry, will open in the second floor gallery at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. The exhibition celebrates craftsmanship and creativity of artists working in jewelry. The exhibition features works by Harry Bertoia, Alberto Giacometti, Alicia Penalba, Raffael Benazzi, and Niki de Saint Phalle. While at the Bechtler, be sure to check out their main exhibition, The House that Modernism Built (on view through September 11). If you are looking for a unique way to spend your long weekend, the Bechtler is even open on Monday, July 4th from 10am to 5pm. (They are closed on Tuesdays.)
Beginning July 16, two new exhibitions will open at the Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture: Quilts and Social Fabric: Heritage and Improvisation, and Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes. Quilts and Social Fabric uses the work of acclaimed textile artist Faith Ringgold as a starting point for exploring textiles more deeply, from traditional African American quilts of the past, to decorative and artistic quilts, paintings, and mixed media works of the present.
Nellie Ashford: Through My Eyes features 30 works by the self-taught Charlotte native. Ashford utilizes an array of materials to tell stories through mixed media. Ashford’s works explore cultural identity and shared community values, inspired by the artist’s own memories of the past. Both exhibitions at the Gantt will be on view through January 16, 2017.