“New Land No. 5,” 2017, by Rodrigo Valenzuela, at the McColl Center. Ben Premeaux Courtesy of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation
“New Land No. 5,” 2017, by Rodrigo Valenzuela, at the McColl Center. Ben Premeaux Courtesy of the McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Local Arts

What’s up this week in Charlotte’s visual arts?

November 15, 2017 04:50 PM

This Thanksgiving weekend, take some time to enjoy one of the many art exhibitions on view at our art museums. Whether you’re looking for a group activity with the family or a moment to yourself, we hope you fill your time with art.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Paul Strand’s “Church, Cuapiaxtla, Mexico,” from 1933, at the Bechtler.
© Aperture Foundation, Inc., Paul Strand Archive

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Paul Strand in Mexicoshows the portfolio of photographs taken by the American photographer between 1932 and 1935 while he lived in Mexico on assignment. This exhibition is part of “In Focus/Enfoque,” the Bank of America-led initiative to showcase contemporary Mexican photography.

Thanksgiving weekend hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 12-5 p.m. Sunday.

Mint Museum

Untitled acrylic chromogenic print by Carlos Leon, 2014, at the Mint.
Courtesy of the Mint Museum

North Carolina native William Ivey Long’s recent costume designs are on view alongside preparatory drawings and materials in William Ivey Long: Costume Designs 2007-2016.” You have another chance to experience Bank of America’s “In focus/Enfoque”through the exhibition “Develar y Detonar (Reveal and Detonate),” which highlights 40 of Mexico’s leading photographers.

Thanksgiving weekend hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day; open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture

Sloane Siobhan and her work at the Gantt.
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Sloane Siobhan’s paintings are on view in “Archetypes of the Subconscious,” an investigation into the artist’s raw emotions after experiencing the recent death of her mother. The slightly abstract, powerful works show her thoughts manifested as animals in conflict.

Thanksgivings weekend hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

McColl Center for Art + Innovation

Leah Rosenberg’s “Color for the Peopleis in the first-floor gallery space, with the walls colored brightly to reflect her selections of the colors of Charlotte. The second floor hosts “Stimulus,” a window into the films, videos, books and music that have influenced or inspired (or stimulated) creative practices. The third-floor exhibition is Rodrigo Valenzuela’s New Land,” a multimedia look at desert landscapes and immigration.

Thanksgiving weekend hours: Closed Thanksgiving Day and Friday; open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday.

Each week, Grace Cote and Lia Newman offer Observer readers a to-do list on immersing yourself in visual arts around town. Newman is director/curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Cote is senior coordinator at Jerald Melberg Gallery, and they collaborate on the blog HappeningsCLT (happeningsCLT.com).

For a seasonlong visual arts calendar, go to: www.charlotteobserver.com/entertainment/arts-culture/article172583126.html.