On October 3, 2010, one year prior to The Mint Museum’s 75th anniversary, the doors to the new Mint Museum Uptown building will open to the public. Visitors will now be able to view the permanent collections and exhibitions of The Mint Museum of Art and The Mint Museum of Craft + Design under one roof at its new facility on 500 South Tryon Street at the corner of First and South Tryon Streets.
Designed by the Boston architectural firm of Machado and Silvetti Associates, the 145,000 square-foot, five-story building includes two floors of gallery space and 6,000 square-feet of exhibition space. The building also includes the Lewis Family Gallery with family-oriented hands-on activities, painting and ceramics studios, classrooms, a 240-seat auditorium, the Museum Shop, and more.
The two inaugural exhibitions for the grand opening include New Visions: Contemporary Masterworks from the Bank of America Collection and Contemporary British Studio Ceramics: The Granier Collection. Provided by the Bank of America in our Communities program, New Visions features works by artists such as Jennifer Bartlett, Sam Gilliam, Louise Nevelson, Miriam Shapiro, Frank Stella and more. Drawn from the collection of Diane and Marc Granier of Washington, D.C. and sponsored by Duke Energy, the ceramics exhibition features work by 100 artists born or residing in Great Britain such as Lucie Rie and Grayson Perry.
In addition to the more than 7,000 objects moved from both locations, the Museum commissioned ten contemporary artists around the world for Project Ten Ten Ten to create special works for the collection at the new facility. They include American-born glass artist now working in London, Danny Lane (1955), whose work, Threshold appears at the entrance to the third floor permanent collection; Dutch jewelry artist, Ted Noten (1956); Irish furniture designer, Joseph Walsh (1979); Hildur Bjarnadottir (1969), a fiber performance artist from Iceland; Japanese ikebana master, Kawana Tetunori (1945); figurative sculptor from Penland, Cristina Cordova (1977) who was born in Puerto Rico; Barcelona-based ceramics artist, Kate Malone (1959); Tom Joyce (19560, a blacksmith from new Mexico; Vancouver sculptor, Susan Point (1952); and Israeli designer, Ayala Serfaty (1962).
A complimentary shuttle service to the October 2 Mint Museum Uptown grand opening will be available from the former Mint Museum of Art building on Randolph Road, will remain open to feature galleries dedicated to art of the ancient Americas, decorative arts, historic costumes and more. The celebration starts with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the Grand Stairs at 5:00 p.m. followed by the inaugural First Friday at 5:30 p.m. Late-night/early morning activities include a Takeover Friday Dance Party on the 5th floor at 10:00 p.m., a special midnight presentation of Pecha Kucha in the Robert Haywood Morrison Atrium, and a Poetry Slam at 2:00 a.m. in the James B. Duke Auditorium. Festivities continues all day Saturday with artist demonstrations, craft activities, jazz, and art!
First Friday is FREE to members and $10 for non-members; Takeover Friday admission is $10 for everyone. Enjoy FREE admission to the Mint Museum Uptown on Saturday 2:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Mint Museum Randolph. Parking, shuttle information, events schedule, and ticket information are available online.