Since 2009, the institution, now known as the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture, has mounted well over one hundred exhibitions showcasing the work of more than 300 local, national, and internationally renowned artists. 40 And Counting shines a light on the organization’s forty-year journey through its extensive exhibition history which illuminates the Gantt Center’s rich focus on the visual arts and its influence on the arts, in general, in the Charlotte region.
40 And Counting also celebrates the artists, curators, staff members and volunteers who labored to present a wide range of exhibits and related programming. Featured in 40 And Counting are works shown previously in sixteen very different exhibitions, and includes paintings, works on paper, sculpture, African art, textiles, photography and even public art. The varied artworks are just a sample offering and provide a tantalizing glimpse into the past. Some of the objects on view have since been acquired for the Gantt Center’s permanent collection.
As we remember 40 years of institutional history in Charlotte, we look to 40 And Counting as the foundation for determining our artistic vision moving forward. The many thousands of patrons who have graced the Center’s doors since 1974 have been critically important to the institution’s success; their voice, their support and their engagement with the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture remains vital for our journey into the next 40 years.
Kim Curry-Evans, Guest Exhibition Curator