Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Levine Center for the Arts offers a different kind of meal replacement

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 11:33 AM

Lunch time just got a whole lot artsier.

Now, we’re not saying you should skip lunch, but we are saying you should save some room to digest all that Charlotte’s Levine Center for the Arts' institutions are bringing to the table. And take notice of the new hashtag #LongLiveArts for other news on programming and events to come.

During a media shindig on Thursday, spokesman from Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture and Mint Museum Uptown announced they’ll be collaborating for “Art Break” tours. These free, 30-minute long docent-led tours, will go down during the lunch hour (that’s noon for all you early/late eaters), starting on March 17 and continuing on the third Thursday of each month.

Oh, and just as you’d get tired of eating the same thing day after day, the museums are planning to follow specific themes, which they’ll be switching up every three months.

Here’s what’s on the plate for now: “Trending Now? What’s Happening? What’s Hot?” is the theme for tours on March 17, April 21 and May 19 and “Zoom In Zoom Out: Changing Perspectives” is the theme for June, July 21 and Aug. 18. While these themes may seem broad, tours of all three museum’s will make the correlation clearer, so try to take them all in – even if that means eating lunch at your desk or skipping it altogether on tour days.

The press got a taste of the short and sweet tours. The group I was in learned about a work by Swiss artist Walter J. Moeschlin. The untitled lithograph on paper featured a sketch of Godzilla, while incorporating the destruction and fears that war and nuclear weapons were introducing to society at that time.

Don’t have time to take it all in during your lunch break? Levine Center for the Arts will also be releasing tickets for access to all three museums within 48 hours for $20. Stay tuned to www.carolinatix.org for details. Also, mark the Center’s upcoming Community Celebration, which means free – but crowded - access to the museums, on May 21.

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