Destination Charlotte: Two New Art Museums, One Modernist House, and IKEA
The Smith House is one of this year's destinations on the "ModShop 2" day trip.
October 16, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – Just in time for holiday shopping, Triangle Modernist Houses.com (TMH) announces its second “ModShop Art+Design+Shopping” road trip to Charlotte, with stops at two new modern art museums, one new uber-modern house, and an afternoon of shopping at IKEA.
On Saturday, December 4, the group departs at 7:15 a.m. aboard a luxury, Internet-equipped bus from FastPark near RDU. By 10 a.m. the group will arrive at the new Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the adjacent Mint Museum in Uptown Charlotte. The Bechtler was designed by famed Swiss architect Mario Botta. The noted architectural firm Machado and Silvetti Associates of Boston designed the Mint Museum Uptown as the final attraction to open in the Levine Center for the Arts, located in the heart of Charlotte’s business district.
October 10, 2010 (DURHAM, NC) – George Smart, founder and director of the award-winning non-profit Triangle Modernist Houses (TMH), will present his signature talk “Mayberry Modernism: North Carolina’s Modernist Legacy” in Raleigh and Asheville during October.
First, on October 21, North Carolina State University’s Gregg Museum of Art & Design in Raleigh hosts “Mayberry Modernism” at 6 p.m. in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit “Southern Roots of Mid-century Modern.” The Gregg Museum operates under the Division of Student Affairs and is located in the Talley Student Center in the middle of the NCSU campus.
Next, on October 27, Smart presents “Mayberry Modernism” to the Asheville section of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Asheville). The luncheon begins at 12 noon in Tuton Hall at Trinity Episcopal Church, 60 Church Street, Downtown Asheville. The talk is open to the public but space is limited. The cost is $15 for AIA members and $20 for non-members. (To reserve a space at the luncheon, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
“Mayberry Modernism” showcases the state’s surprising collection of Modernist residences from the 1950s through today, many in great shape but some endangered or even destroyed. In 2007, Smart discovered many of the states “livable works of art” are endangered or have already been destroyed. Since startup in 2007, TMH has become the largest archive of Modernist residential architecture in the nation.