Artist Jordan Casteel Brings Heart and Soul of Harlem to Life in Charlotte, NC

New exhibition debuts to large crowds at Harvey B. Gantt Center

Charlotte residents were given a glimpse of life in Harlem, New York through the brush strokes of Harlem-based artist Jordan Casteel at the January 28 opening of Jordan Casteel: Harlem Notes at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture in Charlotte, North Carolina. Visitors attending Casteel’s gallery talk at the Gantt Center were spellbound as she described her encounters with each of her subjects featured in the exhibition. This vibrant collection captures a slice of Harlem life in over-sized and texturally-rich portraits. The exhibition hints at a treasure trove of stories and memories shared between Casteel and the men she immortalizes on canvas. Perhaps as much autobiographical as observational, Casteel’s paintings are imbued with the tenderness of her gaze and her perspective as a female artist.

Gantt Center President and CEO David Taylor says, “Here at the Gantt Center, I see us as keepers of culture; and we do so by creating and providing opportunities for local, national, and international artists to share their masterpieces with a larger audience. We use their work to bring communities together.” The Gantt Center is known as a destination for unique, cultural experiences in the city of Charlotte. Taylor also notes the importance of dismantling stereotypes about African-American art by re-defining the way it is presented and perceived by those who encounter it.

Casteel’s work will be on display at the Gantt Center through July 8. Also on display at the Gantt Center: Alison Saar: The Nature of Us; The Future is Abstract and Zun Lee: Father Figure. For more details on the exhibitions visit

About Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture

The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a multi-disciplinary arts institution located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1974, the Gantt Center’s mission is to present, preserve and celebrate excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through dance, music, visual and literary arts, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. The Gantt Center features fine art exhibits from around the world and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America, and is accessible online.

Named for Charlotte civic leader and former mayor Harvey Bernard Gantt, the Gantt Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure designed by architect Philip Freelon, co-designer of the new Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture. For more information, about the Gantt Center, visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Posted on Thursday, February 02, 2017

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