Mint Museum of Art

Trip Start Dec 29, 2008
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Trip End Jan 04, 2009


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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

The Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte has free admission on Tuesday evenings from 5 P.M. to 9 P.M., so we decided to see what pleasures we might find in this house of art.  We were lucky to find an exceptional Andy Warhol exhibit, as well as a Haute Couture exhibit.  The Andy Warhol prints were fabulous, and I was astonished while reading about his work to find that critics argued that his work was not fit to be considered art because of their popular function.  His use of photography and silk screening with diamond dust combined to establish series upon series of unique pieces.  My favorite was his myths series, featuring Super Man, Greta Garbo as The Star, and my favorite, The Wicked Witch of the West in her Emerald sheen.  Unfortunately, but as would be anticipated, we were not allowed to photograph the Warhol exhibit. 

We exited the halls of Warhol endowed prints and entered a chamber filled with white mannequins adorned in the finest couture fabrics, gowns, silk blouses, fur coats, and deco prints.  The most amazing element of this exhibit was the case featuring designer oxford heels, I believe they were dolce and gabbana, with two knock offs, one priced at $100, the other priced at about $30, a mere smidgen of the original gabannas priced around $700.

Philip enjoyed reading about the history of the old Charlotte Mint, for which the museum is named.  The Mint was operated in Charlotte until seized by the Confederates in the civil war, and the building itself was later relocated and reestablished as the art museum.  It has been renovated and expanded through the years to become Charlotte's celebrated museum of art for the enjoyment of the masses.

I would recommend a visit to the museum for all Charlotte tourists, but I do hope in time to see an expansion of the couture exhibit...I believe it has potential to be much more.
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