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June Issue 2006
Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC, Celebrates 15 Years with new Exhibition
The Levine Museum of the New South in Charlotte, NC, will celebrate its 15th birthday and offer a new exhibit, The Box That Changed The World, on view through June 30, 2006.
In 1990, a shared idea between Sally Robinson
and Mecklenburg Historical Association's Anne Batten began taking
shape. The idea evolved and on Apr. 25, 1991, the Museum
of the New South was officially incorporated. Since the date of
incorporation fifteen years ago, the museum has been a "Museum
Without Walls," moved into a permanent home, completed a
successful capital campaign, closed and been a "Museum on
the Move" during a major renovation, and finally reopened
as Levine Museum of the New South in Oct. 2001. Since reopening,
the museum has presented major exhibits and extensive programming
that have garnered community support, media attention, and national
In 1956, North Carolina trucking entrepreneur Malcom McLean introduced a ground-breaking concept. His company SeaLand pioneered truck-trailers that could be lifted off their wheels and placed on a railroad car or on a ship - drastically cutting loading costs and shipping time, and ultimately transforming commerce. Apr. 26, 2006, marks the 50th anniversary of the invention of these "boxes" and containerized shipping, a turning-point in the rise of today's globalized economy.
The Box That Changed The World is a new outdoor exhibit created by Levine Museum of the New South that tells the story of this New South invention. The exhibit is comprised of two actual shipping containers: a unit provided by Charlotte-based Horizon Lines, the nation's leading domestic ocean container shipping and logistics company, and a South African spaza (convenience store) adapted from a container. Text and image panels explore the shipping container's history, while images by South Africa-based photographer Jeff Barbee depict modern unconventional uses of the containers, such as functioning as convenience stores, apartments, libraries and restaurants. Visitors will experience topics from vernacular architecture to global economics to human creativity.
For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call Ashley Thurmond at 704/333-1887, ext. 242 or e-mail at (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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