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January Issue 2009

Mint Museums in Charlotte, NC, Offers 2nd Warhol Exhibit & Museum Expansion Exhibit

The Mint Museums in Charlotte, NC, are offering two new exhibitions including: Andy Warhol: Cowboys & Indians, on view through May 9, 2009, at the Mint Museum of Art, and Breaking New Ground: The Mint Museum Expansion, on view through Feb. 1, 2009 at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design.

Well known for his portrayal of celebrities and consumer goods, later in his career Andy Warhol became fascinated by the stories, myths and legends of the American West. Just one year before his death in 1987, he created the suite Cowboys and Indians. This suite accompanies the special exhibition Andy Warhol Portfolios: Life & Legends, on display through Feb. 15, 2009.

In the Cowboys & Indians suite, Warhol pays homage to America's popular version of Western history. He depicts American heroes of the West such as General Custer, Teddy Roosevelt and Geronimo, as well as Western entertainers like Annie Oakley and John Wayne. The suite also features romanticized, stereotyped and exploited images of American Indians, including Mother and Child and Kachina Dolls. Strategically placed together in one suite, these different icons challenge and expose the controversies surrounding America's perception of cowboys and Indians.

The exhibition Breaking New Ground: The Mint Museum Expansion highlights the Museum's expansion in Center City, including a virtual tour of the new facility and a working model of the Cultural Campus from Wachovia.

Scheduled for completion in 2010, the new 145,000-square-foot, five-story facility will house the entire collection of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, as well as the American and contemporary art collections currently housed at the Mint Museum of Art. The new facility will also include studios, classrooms, an interactive Family Gallery, a 250-seat Auditorium, a Café, a multi-story Atrium, rooftop terrace with adjoining special events spaces, and more than 36,000 sq. ft. of space for permanent collections and special exhibits.

The original Mint Museum of Art will maintain its current location on Randolph Road. The facility will undergo a major renovation, including a dramatic reorganization of the collections of ceramics, historic costume and fashionable dress, and art of the ancient Americas.

Through Feb. 15, 2009, visitors to the Mint Museum of Art and the Mint Museum of Craft + Design will receive $1 off admission when they bring in a canned good or other non-perishable food item. The food drive will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina.

For further info check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Museums at 704/337-2000 or visit (www.mintmuseums.org).

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