Now through October 28, 2018, THE BECHTLER MUSEUM OF MODERN ART presents Wrestling the Angel, an exhibition that examines how religion and sacred art appear in work made by seemingly secular, avant-garde artists. The works on view critically investigate the role of religion and spirituality as both a social component and as a visual language often implicitly present in daily life, even if the image is not explicitly referencing the original religious source.

The topic is intriguing and maybe a tad intimidating to novice museum goers, but the Bechtler has made the exhibit both thought provoking and understandable for all ages including kids. In fact, a great day to visit Wrestling the Angel is this Saturday, May 19th for Family Day. Kids and families can explore the art and artists in the Bechtler collection through special hands-on art activities and family-focused museum tours  from noon to 4:30 p.m.

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opening – Wrestling the Angel.
© Laura Mueller 2018
www.lauramuellerphotography.com

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opening – Wrestling the Angel.
© Laura Mueller 2018
www.lauramuellerphotography.com

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opening – Wrestling the Angel. © Laura Mueller 2018 www.lauramuellerphotography.com

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opening – Wrestling the Angel.
© Laura Mueller 2018
www.lauramuellerphotography.com

The Bechtler Museum of Modern Art opening – Wrestling the Angel.
© Laura Mueller 2018
www.lauramuellerphotography.com

ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILY DAY
Recreate the colorful stained glass-inspired paintings of Alfred Manessier with oil pastels in the second-floor classroom. Make your own stained glass laminates in the Bechtler lobby. Create paper collages in the fourth-floor family gallery based on the colorful collages of Charlotte artist Romare Bearden, as seen currently on view in Wrestling the Angel. Finally, test your eagle eyes to see if you can find certain pieces of Bechtler artwork and win prizes with Bechtler BINGO.

Family Day at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Photo by Wendy Yang Photography

Complimentary guided tours of the galleries will be available at 1 and 3 p.m., which meet in the Bechtler lobby. Admission to Family Day is FREE for kids under 18 and $8 for adults. On Family Day, all children’s merchandise in the museum store is discounted 10%.

 

420 South Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202
www.thebechtler.org

 

 

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