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Upcoming Exhibitions

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

Saturday, February 06, 2021 - Sunday, June 13, 2021

The Taubman Museum of Art is proud to be the exclusive Virginia venue for Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists from the Johnson Collection, which explores the art, careers, and lives of a variety of women artists working in the American South from the end of the nineteenth century to the early 1960s. Featuring works by forty-two artists from all the Southern states, the exhibition includes names such as Loïs Mailou Jones, Augusta Savage, Helen Turner, Anne Goldthwaite, and Ida Kohlmeyer, alongside lesser-known practitioners such as Dusti Bongé, Minnie Evans, Hattie Saussy, Dixie Selden, and Catherine Wiley.

Central to Their Lives examines the complex challenges female artists confronted in a traditionally conservative region during a decades-long timeframe when women’s social, cultural, and political roles were being redefined and reinterpreted. The range of artists also encourages an examination of the different obstacles presented by class and race. Whether working from studios, spare rooms in the home, or on the world stage, the artists made significant contributions to the art world while mentoring future generations through teaching, promoting new aesthetics, and challenging the status quo.

Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Johnson Collection contains an extensive survey of artistic activity from the late eighteenth century to the present day, and has been hailed for its work illuminating the history and cultures of the South.

Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists from the Johnson Collection will be on view in the Medical Facilities of America Gallery and the Temporary Gallery from February 6 to June 13, 2021.

Exhibition and educational support is sponsored by Member One Federal Credit Union.

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Above image:

Alma Woodsey Thomas (1891–1978), Still Life with Mandolin (detail), c. 1955, Oil on masonite, 19⅞ x 35¼ in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

 

Images (left to right, top to bottom)

Loïs Maillou Jones (American 1905-1998), Africa (detail), 1935, Oil on canvas board, 24 x 20 in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Theresa Pollak (1899–2002), Art Studio (detail), 1931, Oil on canvas, 40¼ x 27 in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Clementine Reuben Hunter (1886–1988), Cane River Baptism (detail), c. 1950–1956, Oil on paper board, 19 x 23⅞ in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Wenonah Day Bell (1890–1981), Peach Packing, Spartanburg County (detail), 1938, Oil on canvas, 38⅛ x 48⅛ in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Mary Alice Leath Thomas (1905–1959), Red, Gold and Black (detail), 1957, Lacquer, gold leaf, and palladium leaf on masonite, 48 x 40 in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Corrie Parker McCallum (1914–2009), Demolition of  . . . Hotel (detail), c. 1957, Casein and ink on board, 23½ x 29⅜ in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Elisabeth Augusta Chant (1865–1947), Spring Landscape (detail), c. 1927, Oil on canvas, 18 x 21 in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Augusta Christine Fells Savage (1892–1962), Gamin (detail), c. 1930, Painted plaster, 9½ x 6 x 4¼ in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Sarah Mabel Pugh (1891–1986), The Champion (detail), Undated, Oil on canvas, 32⅛ x 26⅛ in., The Johnson Collection, Spartanburg, South Carolina