This week in Charlotte: three new exhibitions at the Gantt Center


This weekend, The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture will open three new exhibitions.

Together they offer a window onto the past, present and future of Black art and culture.

FuturePresent: Acquisition Highlights from the Permanent Collection (January 28, 2022 – June 26, 2022)

Without the African-American art collection of John and Vivian Hewitt, the Gantt Center wouldn’t be what it is today. This exhibition examines the Hewitt’s collection and visualizes how art will evolve at the Gantt Center and beyond.

Reflection of a People: Photographs from the Archive of Jamel Shabazz (January 28, 2022 – March 6, 2022)

Jamel Shabazz has been photographing the lives of Black people for more than 40 years. Through his work, he wants to preserve history and show Black lives over the years for future generations.

Visible Man: Art and Black Male Subjectivity ( January 28, 2022 – April 24, 2022)

The Black image has been demonized for centuries. This exhibition will challenge past works by offering a creative look into African-American males through cultural, racialized and personal lenses.

Other events this week


Charlotte City Council: You can watch a livestream on the city’s YouTube channel starting at 5 p.m.

“Addressing Gun Violence through Mental Health” Roundtable: This virtual event will feature a panel that includes Justin Perry, Charlotte counselor; and Greg Jackson, co-founder of HealCharlotte. The group will discuss how mental health can impact gun violence.  


Sarah Stevenson Tuesday Forum (formerly Tuesday Morning Breakfast Forum): This virtual event will host Bea Thompson to discuss Black Women in Public Health


U.S. Rep. Alma Adams’ State of the District address: Both events are virtual. She will speak at 11 a.m. in Huntersville and 7 p.m. in Charlotte.


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