Beyond TJC



Art of Rebellion: Black Art of the Civil Rights Movement, Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, Michigan

July 23-October 22, 2017

This powerful exhibition at the Detroit Institute of Arts features work by African American artists who formed collectives during the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and 1970s. These collectives created art specifically for African American audiences, art that asserted black identity and racial justice. Among the 34 objects in the presentation is TJC’s “Confrontation” by Merton Simpson. A native of Charleston, Simpson left the South to pursue advanced studies in New York. Along with his NYU mentor Hale Woodruff and fellow Carolinians Romare Bearden and Charles Alston, Simpson was a member of the art collective known as the Spiral Group. An acclaimed Abstract Expressionist, Simpson later became known as a preeminent dealer of African art in this country.


Passion for Painting: The Art of Winston Churchill, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina

May 17-September 24, 2017

On loan from the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri, Passion for Painting: The Art of Sir Winston Churchill brings together artwork rarely seen in North America. The exhibit includes ten of Churchill's paintings from the museum's collection or on loan from private collections. Objects used by or associated with Churchill as well as paintings of Churchill by other artists will also be on display in the newly opened Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts at Wofford College. Upcoming related events include lectures on August 17, September 14, and September 15. 


Artist, Scientist, Explorer: Mark Catesby in the Carolinas, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina

May 12-September 24, 2017

Now on view at the Gibbes Museum of Art, this exhibition explores the incredible life and work of Mark Catesby, the pioneering English artist, scientist, and explorer. In 1722, Catesby arrived in Charleston and traveled throughout South Carolina and beyond documenting birds, reptiles and amphibians, fish, insects, and mammals indigenous to the American colonies. This sojourn resulted in a series of watercolors that documented the natural habitats of the Carolinas, Florida, and the Bahamas, and ultimately resulted in the first major work on the botanical and animal life of North America, The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. The presentation marks the first showing of Catesby’s original watercolors in Charleston, and only the second time his watercolors have been on view in the United States. The presentation features 44 paintings on loan from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from the British Royal Collection.


James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield, Ohio

August 19-November 17, 2017

Two TJC paintings, Mountain Courtship and Mountain Philosopher, are included in a new major exhibition now on view at the Huntington Museum of Art. James R. Hopkins: Faces of the Heartland examines the refined skills Hopkins displayed as a figure painter working in rural Appalachia in the early twentieth century. Hopkins’ sensitive depictions sought to capture a way of life that was isolated from the modern age and, at the same time, endangered by encroaching urbanization and industrialization.

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