Mint Museum’s Special Exhibitions

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Mint Museum’s Special Exhibitions
Charlotte, NC

August 2020 

Tour the Mint Museum’s Special Exhibitions: Experience Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970 and Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgewood and His Contemporaries.

Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970

This exhibition casts new light on the legacy of the distinctive Gorham company, established in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island. Adeptly coupling art and industry, Gorham boldly rose from a small firm to become the largest silver company in the world, putting uniquely American design on the international stage. Creating everything from commissioned presentation pieces to show-stoppers for the dining room, Gorham responded to the era’s desire to celebrate, feast, socialize, honor, and simply enjoy the everyday in style.

Classic Black: The Basalt Sculpture of Wedgwood and His Contemporaries

Although basalt was used to produce useful wares, such as objects for the tea table, this exhibition will focus exclusively on basalt sculpture, a topic that has never been the sole focus of a special exhibition. Among the works on view will be life-size portrait busts, small sculptures, and vases. Works in low relief will include tablets, plaques, medallions, and cameos. Approximately half of the works will be based on prototypes from classical antiquity and the Renaissance, while the other half will depict eighteenth-century persons and themes. The checklist will include approximately 120 ceramic objects, with loans from public and private collections in America and England, along with print sources and other media.

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