The Levine Museum presents a variety of interactive and immersive exhibits covering the history and cultures of the New South from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to today. Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers takes museumgoers on a journey of stories from Reconstruction, the transformation of the southern economy from agriculture to industrialization, the Civil Rights Era, to the booming growth of the urban landscapes and new populations of today’s Charlotte. Temporary exhibitions focus on a variety of stories about Charlotte today and in the past.
COTTON FIELDS TO SKYSCRAPERS
The centerpiece of Levine Museum is the award-winning exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Reinventing Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South. Spanning 8,000 square feet and including more than 1,000 artifacts, images, video clips, music, and oral histories, the exhibit uses Charlotte and its 13 surrounding counties as a case study to illustrate the profound changes in the South since the Civil War.
Visitors enjoy an interactive, hands-on experience as they tour 6 different "environments" within the exhibit.
Step inside a one-room tenant farmers house
Run a hand through a pile of seed cotton
Listen to the churning of the cotton mill
Play checkers on the front porch of a mill house
Sit in Good Samaritans Hospital Chapel, one of the first African-American hospitals in the South
Walk down main street and try on a hat in an early Belk department store
Sit at a lunch counter and hear personal accounts from local sit-in leaders
K(NO)W JUSTICE K(NO)W PEACE - March 26, 2019
K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace is a community-created exhibit about police-involved shootings throughout the nation and in Charlotte. Co-created with activists and law enforcement, the media, students, clergy and civic leaders, K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace explores the historical roots of the distrust between police and community, tells the human stories beyond the headlines, and engages viewers in creating constructive solutions. The exhibition also captures the voices of local police, protesters, emergency personnel, faith leaders and others reflecting on their personal experiences during Charlotte’s protests.
The exhibit features photographer Alvin C. Jacobs Jr.’s powerful images of local and national protests and compelling displays curated by Dr. Tiffany Packer and students at Johnson C. Smith University. A community-response section looks at the meaning of the Charlotte Protests—highlighting the diverse perspectives held by community stakeholders and others impacted by recent events.
Through the lens
Our stories connect us, inspire others, and have the power to transform.
Through this Lens unites Charlotteans—who also identify as immigrants—through the power of their stories. This project will connect and celebrate the immigrant experience.
With artistic dialogue, the Through this Lens community will offer our larger community a look through the many lenses of the immigrant experience. These lenses look beyond a single story. They capture belonging, pride, and our shared humanity. Developed by the League of Creative Interventionists.
Why The Project Exists
Through this Lens project holds space for Charlottean immigrants to: connect, be heard and seen, share in our collective immigrant pride, make meaning of their experience, and potentially be inspired to take action and use the power of our voice. For Charlotteans who do not identify as immigrants, Through This Lens aspires to offer
multiple lenses into the immigrant experience. As the non-immigrant community learns from these multiple perspectives, there is an appreciation for the stories, their complexity, and the myths they dispel.
How to Get Involved
We are interested in connections to the Charlotte immigrant community in order to connect with Charlotteans who would like to share their stories and partnerships with community organizations and businesses. Please contact Deepti Panjabi: firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
The student work featured in this exhibit marks the culmination of a three-year partnership between Levine Museum of the New South and Studio 345, a program of the Arts & Science Council. In 2015, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience convened organizations from across the nation to participate in From Brown vs. Board to Ferguson, a program that fosters youth-based dialogue around race, education equity, and incarceration in the context of civil rights history.
In the summer of 2018, Studio 345 student Emily Núñez led high school students in conversations around how colorism has affected their lives and informs their visions for the future. Their artwork is the result of these conversations and reflections. The exhibit features mixed media, graphic design and digital art.