Beyond TJC



Wyeth Dynasty, Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, South Carolina

On view though September 10, 2017

There’s still a month left to take in Greenville County Museum of Art’s presentation of Wyeth Dynasty, an exhibition that celebrates the centennial of Andrew Wyeth’s birth. The retrospective of more than 70 works highlights the artist’s enduring relationship with two particular landscapes: his childhood home in the Brandywine River Valley of Pennsyvania, and his second home in coastal Maine. It also emphasizes Wyeth’s preference for painting intimate subjects, including his family, his memories, and his favorite models, fitting subject matter for the third-generation painter who once said, “I am an illustrator of my own life.”


Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, Museum of Modern Art, New York

On view through September 17, 2017

“My whole area of art has always been addressed to working with other people. Ideas are not real estate.”
~Robert Rauschenberg (1925-2008)

When Rauschenberg launched his career in the early 1950s, Abstract Expressionism was in its heyday. He challenged this tradition with an egalitarian approach to materials, bringing the stuff of the everyday world into his art and frequently working in collaboration with artists, dancers, musicians, and writers. Now on view at MoMA, Robert Rauschenberg: Among Friends, the first 21st-century retrospective of the artist, presents over 250 works across mediums from his six-decade career. Beginning in October, visitors to the AC Hotel Spartanburg will be able to admire Rauschenberg’s genius in TJC’s Time + Ties, slated for display in the modern lobby.


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.


That 70s Show: Cool Art from the Collection, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina

June 23-September 17, 2017

A new exhibition at the Columbia Museum of Art draws on the amusing nostalgia for the “decade that taste forgot,” while showing a complicated portrait of art, current events, and identity in America. In contemporary art, the lingering effects of hard-edge modernism rubbed elbows with the messiness of tie-dye while pop art’s consumerist legacy existed alongside the simplicity movement. It was a time that claimed equal rights for all people and all forms of artmaking, from collage to op art. On view through September 17, “That 70s Show” is both a meaningful cultural examination and a fun summer viewing experience.


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

May 17-September 16, 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. 


Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South, Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

June 10-September 17, 2017

Feast Your Eyes explores the region’s unique culinary heritage as nourishment and beyond: a form of cultural, political, and artistic expression; an enduring source of comfort; sometimes an object of obsession; perhaps a symbol of class, race, or gender—and always a cause for celebration. Food and beverage icons, peculiar and particular to the South, are examined through over 100 works of art by 58 artists in an expansive variety of two- and three-dimensional media. On view through September 17 at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum, the presentation features three loaned works from the Johnson Collection: Margaret Law’s Making Grape Wine, Claude Howell’s Fish Market, and Still Life with Watermelon and Fruit in a Glass Compote by Thomas Satterwhite Noble.


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.

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