Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection
October 6, 2018 - January 20, 2019
The Gertrude C. Ford Galleries for The Permanent Collection
Theresa Pollak (1899–2002), "Art Studio," 1931. oil on canvas, 40 1/4 x 27 in. The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Lois Mailou Jones (1905-1998), "Africa," 1935. oil on canvasboard, 24 x 20 in. The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Nell Hinton Choate Jones (1879-1981), "The Fortune Teller," not dated. mixed media on paper, 21 3/4 x 16 3/8 in. The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Ella Sophonisba Hergesheimer (1873-1943), Portrait of Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, 1920. oil on canvas, 48 1/8 x 36 7/8 in. The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
A MYRA HAMILTON GREEN AND LYNN GREEN ROOT MEMORIAL EXHIBITION
Spanning the decades between the late 1890s and early 1960s, this exhibition explores the particularly complex challenges these artists confronted in a traditionally conservative region during a period in which women’s social, cultural and political roles were being redefined and reinterpreted. How did the variables of historical gender norms, educational barriers, race, regionalism, sisterhood, suffrage and modernism mitigate and motivate women seeking expression on canvas or in clay? Working from studio space in spare rooms at home or on the world stage, the artists considered made remarkable contributions by fostering future generations of artists through instruction, incorporating new aesthetics into the fine arts and challenging the status quo.
Featuring works by Dusti Bongé, Anne Goldthwaite, Clementine Hunter, Nell Choate Jones, Ida Kohlmeyer, Alma Thomas, Marie Hull, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, and Kate Freeman Clark, Central to Their Lives examines the achievements of women artists working in and inspired by the American South.