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Gantt Book Club Discussion - Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism

April 27 - Join other book lovers and explore Gantt exhibitions from a new perspective! Books that have inspired I See You: The Politics of Being exhibition artists are on tap. Join us for an engaging book discussion around artist Endia Beal's book pick, A...

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I SEE YOU: The Politics of Being

January 26, 2014 - June 1, 2014 - This exhibition presents the work of six contemporary artists who expand the constructs of female identity in the 21st century. Surveying the range of ideas and illusions of the feminine mystique, this exhibition explores how women of the African Di...

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Gantt Center Opens Three Exhibits Celebrating Southern Culture on March 30

Three exhibitions, each providing a unique and inspirational view into the lives of African-Americans in the South, will open March 30 at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. These exhibitions each celebrate characteristics unique to the Southern United States, including the Gullah Geechee Culture and the southern Baptist church.

“We’re excited to display the extraordinary work of these three living artists,” said Gantt Center President and CEO David Taylor. “Though their artistic expressions may differ, they each preserve and celebrate Southern culture.”

Painter Jonathan Green, creator of A Spiritual Journey of Life, has works included in the John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which is a part of the Gantt Center’s permanent collection that was donated by Bank of America. David Herman Jr., creator of Etched in the Eyes has partnered with the Gantt Center in the past. He is the co-founder and creative director of Preservation LINK, Inc., an education agency that works to educate youth through media arts and technology. The Gantt Center and Preservation LINK, Inc. partnered to provide Visual Literacy Workshop curriculum to 4th grade classes at Bruns Academy and University Park Creative Arts Elementary School. Photographer Julie Moos, who created I Got Freedom Up Over My Head: Portraits by Julie Moos, Photographs from the Bank of America Collection, will show the bank’s collection of her series in its entirety for the first time. Moos’s approach to photography seeks to explore the worlds of opposites.

“The Harvey B. Gantt Center continues to provide unique and insightful exhibits that enrich the cultural understanding of its visitors,” said Charles Bowman, North Carolina and Charlotte market president, Bank of America. “We’re excited to provide Julie Moos’s photography from the Bank of America Art in Our Communities program to add a distinctive perspective of the Southern experience.”

Jonathan Green: A Spiritual Journey of Life
March 30 - June 15

Jonathan Green was born in 1955 in Gardens, South Carolina and graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1982. Though Green looks to the familiar images of his Low Country birthplace and the Gullah culture for the subjects of his paintings, his appeal and perspective are truly modern and cosmopolitan. Each painting is a testament to the motivating power of place as Green draws inspiration from his own personal experiences, family traditions, and community life in the Southern United States. Burton’s Lady, which is featured in this exhibit is courtesy of the Collection of Eileen P. Gebrian and Timothy J. Barberich.

Etched in the Eyes: David Herman, Jr.
March 30 - June 15

A son of the Gullah Geechee people, David Herman has roots deeply embedded in the soil of South Carolina. This traveling exhibition is part of an ongoing initiative designed to document the African Diaspora of the Low Country and Sea Islands along the eastern coastline of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. Herman sets out to examine “the young, the old, and the lives in between” of the unique Gullah/Geechee coastal culture. Herman communicates his strong tie to his homeland and ancestry through photography, video, and writing.

I Got Freedom Up Over My Head: Portraits by Julie Moos, Photographs from the Bank of America Collection
March 30 - June 15

Canadian photographer Julie Moos captures a generation of women who have been active citizens, church members, and civil rights activists. Through a series of 14 large format photographs of the senior sisters of Birmingham, Alabama’s New Pilgrim Baptist Church, Moos utilizes her signature style to invite the viewer to compare individuals through an unrestrained formalism that asks us to see the equality of all people. These photographs also serve as historical documentation of a powerful group of women whose contributions to their community are not to be forgotten.

The exhibition is on loan from the Bank of America Collection. Through the Arts in Our Communities® program, the company has converted its own art collection into a unique resource from which museums and nonprofit galleries may borrow complete or customized exhibitions at no cost, helping them generate vital revenue for institutions. Since the program’s launch in 2008, Bank of America has loaned complete exhibitions to more than 50 museums around the world, allowing them to deliver new experiences while creating traffic and excitement for their institution.

Saturday March 30: Opening Day Events

Charleston Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Demonstration with Alfreda Johnson
Saturday, March 30
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Free with admission. Free for Gantt Center Members.

A Sweetgrass basket weaver from a small town near Charleston, SC, Alfreda Johnson has been weaving baskets for more than 35 years. The coiled Sweetgrass basket is a historically significant African art that was brought to America by enslaved Africans from the Windward and Rice Coasts of West Africa in the 17th century. The art has been passed on from generation to generation, is usually learned from childhood, and requires a great deal of patience and creativity. A proud tradition and a valuable investment, the artist will demonstrate the technique and have baskets available for purchase.

Gallery Talk – A Spiritual Journey of Life with Jonathan Green
Saturday, March 30
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Free with admission. Free for Gantt Center Members. Space is limited .

Gallery Talk - Etched In The Eyes with David Herman, Jr.
Saturday, March 30
2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Free with admission. Free for Gantt Center Members. Space is limited.

The Language You Cry In - A Film by Alvaro Toepke and Angel Serrano
Saturday, March 30
3:45 pm - 4:45 pm 

Free with admission. Free for Gantt Center Members. Space is limited.

The Language You Cry In tells an amazing scholarly detective story that searches for -and finds- meaningful links between African-Americans and their ancestral past. The film dramatically demonstrates the contribution of contemporary scholarship to restoring what narrator Vertamae Grosvenor calls the "non-history" imposed on African Americans.

About Bank of America

Bank of America’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a strategic part of doing business globally. Our CSR efforts guide how we operate in a socially, economically, financially and environmentally responsible way across more than 100 markets around the world, to deliver for shareholders, customers, clients and employees. Our goal is to help create economically vibrant regions and communities through lending, investing and giving. By forming strategic partnerships we create powerful relationships with individuals and communities helping them to thrive and contribute to the long-term success of their business. We have several core areas of focus for our CSR, including responsible business practices; environmental sustainability; strengthening local communities with a focus on housing, hunger and jobs; investing in global leadership development; and engaging through arts and culture.

Bank of America is committed to a diverse program of cultural support, designed to engage individuals, organizations, communities and cultures in creative ways to build mutual respect and understanding of the arts. Bank of America is one of the world’s leading corporate supporters of the arts, supporting thousands of arts organizations worldwide.

Learn more at www.bankofamerica.com/about or follow on Twitter at @BofA_Community.

About Belk

Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. is the nation’s largest family-operated mainline department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states.  Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since it began.  Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2012, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $18 million to those communities. Belk.com offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk, visit belk.com.

Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2013

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