With today's Groupon, $20 gets you an individual membership to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture (formerly known as the Afro-American Cultural Center). The center's new, 46,000-square-foot, modernist, glass-and-steel structure recently opened to house the Hewitt Collection, one of the country’s most significant collections of African American art.
Membership benefits include unlimited general admission, 10 percent off museum store purchases, access to special members-only programs, and a subscription to the center's newsletter, which contains actual information instead of unbearable Family Circus comics. This Groupon is a better deal than the two-years-for-the-price-of-one promotion the center is offering on its website, and is easier than trying to culture yourself at home using expensive hardwood jumping shoes.
With three current exhibitions by renowned masters as well as contemporary artists, the Harvey B. Gantt Center is a visionary visual venue for African American art, culture, and history. Art lovers, historians, and people with eyes can savor the skills of renowned African American masters including Henry Ossawa Tanner and Romare Bearden in the Hewitt Collection. The center's inaugural artists Juan Logan and Radcliffe Bailey create contemporary works rooted in the experience of black culture. Take a look at the center's calendar to see when exhibits change, and check out special events.
- Architects The Freelon Group created an ingenious modernist design with patchwork metal, glass, and steel exterior finishes inspired by African textiles and African-American quilts. The 46,000 square feet quadruples the center’s current space and will allow it to display for the first time portions of the Hewitt Collection, a powerhouse grouping of fifty-eight pieces of African-American art. – Richard Thurmond, Charlotte Magazine
- Start with Bailey's 14 works in the spacious Gallery West on the third floor. The Atlanta artist creates large collaged constructions presented in wall-mounted cases, filled with paintings, found objects and family photographs. In search of his roots, he explores the connection between Africa and America. A sailing ship, the kind that would have carried slaves, is a repeated motif - as are examples of African sculpture, numbers and globe-like shapes. Don't just scan these dense works; you'll miss the layered richness. – Richard Maschal, Charlotte Observer
Museum of Roommate History
The Harvey B. Gantt Center is a rich cultural experience and a great excursion for anyone trapped inside the house during the colder months. Some folks, however, such as Regan Barnott, age 24, have gone the other route, turning their own homes into museums. What exhibits are available at Regan Barnott's Museum of Roommate History?
- Refrigerator Ecosystem Wilderness Walk
- Actual toenails from coffee table
- Painstaking recreation of that time Mark chipped a tooth from eating a piece of pizza with a Monopoly token on it
- "No, you turn down your music" Interactive Exhibit
- Dishes-opolis: The World's Largest Man-made Monument to Passive-Aggression
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The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture
Founded in 1974 as the Afro-American Cultural Center, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture stands as an evolving tribute to the Africans and African Americans who have contributed to American culture. Among this group is prolific architect and museum namesake Harvey B. Gantt, who has worked tirelessly to create an equal-opportunity "New South City."
- Size: 46,500 square feet of paintings, sculptures, films, performance art, and music
- Eye Catcher: the central glass atrium, where stairs and escalators at both ends form an allusion to Jacob's Ladder and the ideal of advancement through education
- Permanent Mainstay: The John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which includes 58 works from 20 artists, on display through January 19, 2015, then removed for temporary rest
- The Building: the exterior design was inspired by the quilts of the Underground Railroad era as well as woven textile patterns from West Africa
- Pro Tip: photography is only allowed in the Grand Lobby, the Performance Suite, and the Rooftop Terrace
- While You're in the Neighborhood: check out the other attractions that make up the greater Levine Center for the Arts
551 S Tryon St
Charlotte, North Carolina 28202Get Directions