Tryon Street News Racks Display Local Art

July 20, 2017 1:12 pm

Tryon Street News Racks Display Local Art

CHARLOTTE (June 8, 2017) — Along Tryon Street, a selection of work from artist Antoine Williams’ recent Mint Museum Uptown exhibit, “Kidnapped Pagans”, can be seen on news racks and in private buildings in Uptown Charlotte.

This public/private art installation was organized by Jonell Logan, founder of the 300 Art Project, to bring art outside the walls of the museum and onto the streets. This exhibit, intended to serve as a model for community ownership and engagement in the arts was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Knight Foundation, the Pollination Project, Mint Museum Uptown, Charlotte Urban Design, City of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners.

“We are excited to partner with Williams and his curator in bringing a piece of his thought provoking artwork out onto Tryon Street for the public to see” said Maria Floren, Charlotte Center City Partners planning and development associate.

Williams’ art combines different mediums in each piece to present and challenge issues of race and culture in our society. His worked is described as reflecting “the specifics of Black life in the southeast United States but echoes of contemporary issues we face as a nation.”

While the “Kidnapped Pagans” exhibit is no longer at the Mint Museum Uptown, the outdoor exhibit will remain in place through June. There are no immediate plans for another, similar exhibit, but Floren said this installation was part of a larger effort to bring art to the public realm.

For more information about Antoine Williams and the exhibit:

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News rack on Tryon Street displaying local art