Thursday, January 5, 2012

Bye bye Bearden

Posted By on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 10:00 AM

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The Mint Museum Uptown's Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections exhibit is coming to a close this weekend, which means you'd better skedaddle on over if you want to see it in the Q.C. (It's next stop is at the Tampa Museum of Art in Florida).

In light of the predicted rush of last minute viewers, a free (Hooray!) Community Homecoming Weekend is slated for this Saturday and Sunday (Jan. 7-8) to correlate with the exhibit finale. A full rundown of the activities is listed below.

Those with Romare Bearden fever should also visit The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, as Saturday is the close for its three exhibits - Beyond Bearden: Creative Responses, Paper Trail: Romare Bearden Works On Paper and Romare Bearden: The Life - devoted to Bearden.

Saturday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Hands-on activities:
Memory Collage/Level 2, 10 a.m. — 5 p.m.
Folks can use patterned papers, fabric scraps, colored pencils and markers to create a collage representing their favorite memory.

Ritual and Remembrance/Level 5, 11 a.m. — 2 p.m.
Folks can create a transparent window installation commemorating the Southern community ritual (Dinner on the Grounds) with artist Indrani Gall.

PolkFun Caricatures/Level 2, 12 p.m. — 2 p.m.
Jerrard Polk will be drawing caricatures.

Discussions/Level 2:
Digital Tour of Bearden’s 1911 Charlotte, 11 a.m. — 12 p.m.
Tom Hanchett, historian of Levine Museum of the New South, guides a digital tour of Charlotte in 1911.

Romare Bearden Memory Train Project, 2 p.m. — 3 p.m.
Discussion about the process of collecting and sharing oral histories, as seen in a special video talkback project, which asked individuals in the Charlotte area to give their feedback on Southern Recollections.

Performances/Level 2:
Calvin Edwards Trio, 11 a.m. — 1 p.m.

Inspired by Bearden: Poetry by Lee Ann Brown, 1 p.m. — 1:30 p.m.

Jazz Arts Initiative, 7:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
Performing original songs written by Romare Bearden.

Artists Respond — Tarleton Blackwell, 1 p.m. — 4 p.m.
Artist Tarleton Blackwell uses watercolor, prismacolor and graphite to forge mixed media paintings for his Jazz and Hog series.

Hasaan Kirkland, 2 p.m. — 6 p.m.
Artist Hasaan Kirkland works with acrylic paint, enamel paint, molding paste, wood glue, magazine clippings and photos to creates new collages/montage paintings.

Sunday, Jan. 8, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Family Program/Level 5:
Picnic on the Grounds and Recipe Swap, 1 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Boxed lunch from Delectables by Holly will be available on the fifth floor. There will also be music by Peace and Love and a chance to socialize and exchange recipes. Folks are encouraged to bring 10 copies of their favorite family recipes to share. Cost is $10. For reservations, email programs@mintmuseum.org.

Discussions:
Romare Bearden Memory Train Project/Level 2, 1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.
Discussion about the process of collecting and sharing oral histories, as seen in a special video talkback project, which asked individuals in the Charlotte area to give their feedback on Southern Recollections.

Southern Food Revolution/Level 5, 3 p.m. — 4 p.m.
Tom Hanchett, Christy Shi and Robin Emmons discuss the major changes in farming, gardening and food in the south.

Performances:
Peace and Love Band/Level 5, 1 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.

UNC Charlotte Faculty Jazz Ensemble/Level 2, 3:30 — 4:30 p.m.

A Farewell to Romy: An Ode to Romare Bearden/Level 4, 4:30 p.m. — 5 p.m.
Quentin Talley (of theater troupe, On Q Productions) recites an original poem to bid farewell to the Bearden exhibit.

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