From “New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason” opening Nov. 21, Mint Museum Uptown. Eugene Healan Thomason, “After Hurricane Hazel,” 1954. Photo courtesy of the Mint Museum.

by Jessica Capwell,
Originally published by The Charlotte Observer on June 14, 2015

Three of the Mint Museum’s next five exhibitions will draw from its permanent collection, but a traveling exhibition will showcase the work of a Charlotte artist active in the 1930s.

On view from the Mint’s collection will be American art, British ceramics and photography. Traveling shows focus on the work of Charlotte native Eugene Thomason and Italian fashion designer Franco Moschino.

Working with its permanent collection will be less expensive than bringing in outside collections, said Hillary Cooper, director of advancement and communications.

“We do realize some savings by focusing on our permanent collection and dealing with two collectors,” she said.

The museum is excited to bring pieces out of storage and showcase the diversity of the collections, Cooper said.

The financial benefits are not driving the Mint’s focus on the permanent collection, said museum President Kathleen Jameson. “One of the great joys for me at the Mint,” she said, “has been learning more about and discovering the Mint’s treasures.”

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Upcoming exhibitions:

• “America the Beautiful: Works on Paper From the Mint Museum,” July 2-Oct. 4, Mint Uptown. This exhibition will showcase prints, drawings, pastels and watercolors from the Mint’s permanent collection of American art. Frequent visitors can see works that are not displayed regularly due to paper’s sensitivity to light.

• “VIVA MOSCHINO!” will bring fashion with an Italian and ironic flair from a private collection in Chicago to Charlotte Oct. 31-April 3, 2016, Mint Uptown. Moschino’s ensembles have been worn by female celebrities including Princess Diana and first lady Michelle Obama, Katy Perry and Madonna. As the first retrospective of Moschino in America, the exhibit will feature pieces from the Cheap & Chic line ranging from the 1980s to 1994 when Moschino died.

• “Portals to the Past: British Ceramics, 1675-1825” opens Nov. 21 and runs indefinitely at Mint Randolph. Visitors will view pieces from the museum’s pottery and porcelain collection and see how chocolate and coffee were served in the 1800s.

• “From New York to Nebo: The Artistic Journey of Eugene Thomason,” Nov. 21-March 7, 2016, Mint Uptown. The exhibition is organized by the Johnson Collection of Spartanburg, which focuses on Southern art. Charlotte native Thomason was a major catalyst for the art scene in Charlotte during the 1930s when the Mint Museum was founded in 1936. Thomason painted for about 40 years in Charlotte and Nebo, near the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Among scenes of New York, Ireland and North Carolina will hang a portrait of Thomason’s friend and American realist painter George Luks.

• “Here & Now: 80 Years of Photography at the Mint,” April 16, 2016-Sept. 18, Mint Uptown. Jameson will return to her roots as a photohistorian and curate the exhibit, tracing the evolution of the Mint’s photography collection from the museum’s birth in 1936. Included artists include Vik Muniz, Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Annie Leibovitz. : :

— Originally published by The Charlotte Observer on June 14, 2015. qnotes is a member of the Observer’s Charlotte News Alliance. Reprinted with permission.

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