Tom Hanchett discusses Bearden and Charlotte 1911 projects: Sept. 2, 2011

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Dr. Tom Hanchett, Historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, will discuss the two Main Street, Carolina projects on which he has partnered (Charlotte 1911 and Romare Bearden’s Charlotte) on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 2 pm, in Robert Allen’s digital humanities graduate seminar (Peabody 08).

Charlotte 1911 re-presents data Hanchett used in his landmark monograph on urban segregation, Sorting Out the New South City, as what Steve Jobs would call a “recombinant mashup”: 4000 georeferenced data points drawn from the 1911 Charlotte city directory displayed on the 1911 Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps.

Romare Bearden’s Charlotte uses the Main Street, Carolina software platform to produce a “ghost tour” of the sites associated with the early life of the famed artist and his family–sites that find their way into his work many years after he left Charlotte for New York.  This project is the Levine Museum’s contribution to the Romare Bearden Centennial celebration.