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Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection

January 17, 2020 - August 9, 2020

Gallery 8

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Spanning the decades between the late 1890s and early 1960s, Central to Their Lives brings together for the first time the paintings and sculptures of forty-two diverse women artists who made significant contributions to the art of the South. This exhibition examines the challenges female artists faced during a period in which women’s social, cultural, and political roles were being redefined and reinterpreted. Whether working from dedicated studio spaces, in spare rooms at home, or on the world stage, the artists showcased made remarkable impacts by fostering future generations of artists through instruction, incorporating new aesthetics into the fine arts, and challenging the status quo. Organized by the Johnson Collection in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the exhibition includes works by leading figures in the Charleston Renaissance such as Alice Ravenel Huger Smith and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, as well as Corrie McCallum, Minnie Evans, Anne Goldthwaite, Clementine Hunter, and Augusta Savage.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Gibbes Museum Women's Council, Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina, Charleston Magazine, the Jane Smith Turner Foundation, and Kenneth and Martha Severens.

<i>Art Studio</i>, 1931, By Theresa Pollak (American, 1899—2002); Oil on canvas; 40 1/4 x 27 inches; 2013.10.09; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

Art Studio, 1931, By Theresa Pollak (American, 1899—2002); Oil on canvas; 40 1/4 x 27 inches; 2013.10.09; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

<i>Along the Beach</i>, no date, By Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (American, 1876—1958); Watercolor on paper; 16 1/4 x 20 3/8 inches; 2006.10.03; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

Along the Beach, no date, By Alice Ravenel Huger Smith (American, 1876—1958); Watercolor on paper; 16 1/4 x 20 3/8 inches; 2006.10.03; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

<i>The Fortune Teller</i>, no date, By Nell Hinton Choate Jones (American, 1879—1981); Mixed media on paper; 21 3/4 x 16 3/8 inches; 2004.08.08; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

The Fortune Teller, no date, By Nell Hinton Choate Jones (American, 1879—1981); Mixed media on paper; 21 3/4 x 16 3/8 inches; 2004.08.08; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

<i>Peach Packing, Spartanburg County</i>, 1938, By Wenonah Day Bell; (American, 1890—1981); Oil on canvas; 38 x 48 inches; 2010.05.04; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

Peach Packing, Spartanburg County, 1938, By Wenonah Day Bell; (American, 1890—1981); Oil on canvas; 38 x 48 inches; 2010.05.04; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, SC

Sponsors

  • Gibbes Museum Women's Council
  • Charleston Magazine
  • Blue Cross Blue Shiled
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