The popular Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit is in Charlotte. From June 17th to September 12th, 2021, the digital art is taking place in Camp North End’s historic Ford Building. It’s being presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts.
Read on to learn about tickets, the Relaxed Performances, the involvement of local artists, some fun art installations in the lobby, and a bunch of pictures!
Camp North End’s massive Ford Building is a fitting backdrop for the 500,000 cubic feet of projections that will animate Vincent van Gogh’s work. This is the largest installation ever for Immersive Van Gogh.
Tickets are on sale now.
Local Artists at Immersive Van Gogh
The experience will be have a local twist, too. Immersive Van Gogh Charlotte has offered several local artists residencies during the run of the program. There are three residencies of roughly a month long each. Blumenthal Performing Arts and Lighthouse Immersive have announced the recipients of the Artist-in-Residence program at Immersive Van Gogh. The recipients are: Laura Sexton, Rosalia Weiner, Zaire McPhearson (now through July 19, 2021); Eva Crawford, Mike Wirth, Alvin C. Jacobs Jr. (July 22–August 16, 2021); Cat Babbie, Tara Spil, Justin Ellis, and Elizabeth Palmisano (August 19–September 22, 2021).
19 local artists will showcase their work in the space around the exhibit. The work will be inspired by Van Gogh, and might include sculptures, murals, and more.
Blumenthal Performing Arts has announced two Relaxed Performances of Immersive Van Gogh Charlotte. They will take place on July 13th and August 3rd, 2021, at 10 a.m.
Relaxed Performances offer slight adaptations so that people who have autism, or developmental, sensory, or communication differences can experience the show in ways that feel good to them.
- Lower volume
- Spaces right outside the gallery that are from video and loud sounds if you need a break
- Quiet areas with sensory bins, tactile opportunities and books
- Professional teaching staff on hand to gently assist if needed
- A judgment-free “no shushing” experience, where guests are free to walk, talk, laugh, and touch the walls.
The Relaxed Performances were announced on Blumenthal Performing Arts Facebook page.
Get That Picture!
There are several Instagrammable props in the lobby, including a Model T car, a nod to cars once built in the Ford Building.
You do NOT need a ticket to explore the local artist space, the gift shop (which has items on sale from local artists) or the lobby.
Purchase tickets at VanGoghClt.com, or by calling 704-372-1000.
Please note that one visitor left a comment to this post saying to NOT sit on the floor, as your clothing can get stained.
You might also be interested in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibition.
Ticket prices for Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit: Adult tickets range from $40 to $99.99, and tickets for kids ages 6 to 16 start at $29.99. Children younger than 6 are free. Admission is reserved by day and time. The $99.99 ticket includes priority access, flexibility to arrive up to two hours before or after the time on their tickets and specialized Van Gogh souvenirs.
The $40 tickets are not available for all times or all days. As you might expect, they tend to be for during the day, on weekdays. For most evenings you can expect to pay $50, at least. There are $55 and $60 tickets as well.
Since this attraction goes until September 12th, maybe there will be some discounts offered later in the run, especially during non-peak times. If there are, you can bet that you’ll learn about them here!
The installation includes the Mangeurs de pommes de terre (The Potato Eaters, 1885), the Nuit étoilée (Starry Night, 1889), Les Tournesols (Sunflowers, 1888), and La Chambre à coucher (The Bedroom, 1889), and so much more.
The moving images, which highlight brushstrokes, detail and color, are enhanced by the soundtrack by Luca Longobardi, who pioneered immersive digital art experiences in France. The exhibit is produced by Lighthouse Immersive.
Van Gogh’s work seems to be well suited for an immersive multimedia experience. There are actually at least four other touring immersive Van Gogh experiences, including:
- Imagine Van Gogh: The Immersive Exhibition
- Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience
- Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience
- Van Gogh Alive
Some people have described the experience as being inside a Van Gogh painting.
Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit, the show that’s in Charlotte, was featured in the Netflix show “Emily in Paris.”
The show was seen by over 2 million visitors in Paris, and had a sold-out run in Toronto, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.
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