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Virtual Cocktails & Conversation with Nick DeFord

September 28, 2021 6:00pm - 7:30pm

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Artist Nick DeFord leads an insightful conversation inspired by his experience working in collage, using text, memorabilia, cartography, embroidery, and other elements “altered to examine the relationship of identity, space, and place.” DeFord is the program director and instructor at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg. His talk relates to the current KMA exhibition Under Construction: Collage Art from The Mint Museum.

Ken Aptekar (Detroit 1950; lives and works in Paris and New York City)
Charlotte’s Charlotte, 2009
Oil on canvas on panel with glass
Museum purchase: funds provided by the Charles W. Beam Endowment Fund and James G. and Mary Lou Babb, Gray Ellison and Selena Beaudry, David and Jane Conlan, Bill and Sally Cooper, Fairfax and Hillary Cooper, Walter and Meredith Dolhare, Mike and Libba Gaither, Mike F. and Laura Babb Grace, Beverly and Jim Hance, Mary Ann Grace and Mary Beth Grace Hollett, John and Stacy Sumner Jesso, Thomas E. Kanes and Susan Valentine Kanes, Stephen and Laura Philipson, Bill and Pat Williamson, Ginger Kemp, Bob and Peggy Culbertson, Norris W. and Kathryn Preyer, Claudia W. Belk, Janet and Lowell Nelson and exchange funds from the gifts of various donors.

Featured Cocktail Recipe: The Queen Charlotte

Inspired by a work from Under Construction, Charlotte’s Charlotte (2009) by Ken Aptekar, this drink also references the 18th century British queen for whom the city of Charlotte was named and home to The Mint Museum. The artist draws on art history, taking famous works from the past and reconnects them to the present day. Charlotte’s Charlotte was a collaborative project with The Mint Museum and the people of Charlotte to find out what Queen Charlotte meant to the community and if knowing more about her racial heritage made a difference. Apteker incorporates their reactions into the artwork with text layered over images of Queen Charlotte based off a portrait from The Mint’s collection. The cocktail takes a spin, too, on something familiar and adds a contemporary perspective to create layers of flavor.


2 ounces red wine
1 ounce Grenadine
Lemon-lime soda
Mint for garnish

Pour the red wine and Grenadine into a tall tumbler glass over ice cubes. Fill the rest with the soda. Add mint for garnish. Enjoy!

This recipe is intended for those of legal drinking age 21 and up, please drink responsibly.

Image Credit: https://www.epicurus.com/beverages/queen-charlotte/4063/