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Literary Gibbes: A Book Club Discussion

Center: <i>Art Studio</i>, 1931, by Theresa Pollak (American, 1899-2002); Oil on canvas; 43 3/8 x 35 inches; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Center: Art Studio, 1931, by Theresa Pollak (American, 1899-2002); Oil on canvas; 43 3/8 x 35 inches; The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Join us for a book-club style discussion in collaboration with Charleston County Public Library inspired by Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection. Spanning the decades between the late 1890s and early 1960s and bringing 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 complex challenges female artists confronted in a traditional conservative region 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 contributions by fostering future generations of artists through instruction, incorporating new aesthetics into the fine arts, and challenging the status quo.

Two classics of feminist writing, A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf (1929) and In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose by Alice Walker (1983), argue for space, means, and essential independence for women artists within an artistic tradition dominated by men as well as the importance of intergenerational influence.

The discussion will focus on the books and works in the exhibition. Please read the books so you can participate in the discussion. Participation is free and includes a coupon for discounted Museum admission. For more information, contact Becca Hiester at 843-722-2706x237 or [email protected].

This program is in collaboration with the Charleston County Public Library.

Discussion is free for all and includes a coupon for a $2 discount on Museum admission.

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