Beyond TJC



Outliers and American Vanguard Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

January 28-May 13, 2018

Self-taught artists—variously termed folk, primitive, visionary, naïve, and outsider—have played a significant role in the history of modernism, yet their contributions have been largely disregarded or forgotten. Now on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, Outliers and American Vanguard Art focuses on three periods over the last century when the intersection of self-taught artists with the mainstream has been at its most fertile. It is the first major exhibition to explore how those key moments, which coincided with periods of American social, political, and cultural upheaval, challenged prevailing assumptions about artistic practice. Featuring 250 works in a range of media—including TJC’s powerful Roll Jordan Roll by Harlem Renaissance artist Malvin Gray Johnson—the exhibition makes the case for a more diverse and inclusive representation in cultural history.


Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art, Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia

March 2-September 23, 2018

Steeped in art and history, Bonaventure Cemetery is one of Savannah, Georgia’s most scenic locales. First established as a plantation in the 1760s, Bonaventure was visited by artists as early as the 1830s. On view through September at the Telfair Museums, Bonaventure: A Historic Cemetery in Art features paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture inspired by or connected to the cemetery—including two TJC works, a landscape by Savannah native Hattie Saussy and this modernist interpretation of the site by Gina Knee.


Women Artists of Black Mountain College, Florence County Museum, Florence, South Carolina

On view through July 22, 2018

Now on view at the Florence County Museum, Women Artists of Black Mountain College explores the unheralded role of the school’s female creatives, makers whose legacies often remain eclipsed by their male counterparts. The exhibition features twenty-seven artworks in a broad range of media, including painting, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, and photography.


Mexico and the Charleston Renaissance, Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina

On view through May 20, 2018

While a student at the school of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in 1939, William Halsey was awarded a prestigious fellowship for study abroad. With war raging in Europe, Halsey and his artist-wife, Corrie McCallum, set sail for Mexico instead, where they absorbed the culture, color, and texture of the country. On view at the Gibbes Museum of Art through May 20, Mexico and the Charleston Renaissance explores the influence of Mexican art and culture upon American artists in the mid-twentieth century, particularly those associated with the Charleston Renaissance. The exhibition features paintings and works on paper from the Gibbes collection by Halsey, McCallum, Anna Heyward Taylor, George Biddle, Charles Wilbert White, and Edward Middleton Manigault.


Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel, South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, South Carolina

January 27-April 29, 2018

After powerful showings at TJC Gallery, Charlotte's Mint Museum, the I. P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at South Carolina State University, and the Jule Collins Smith Museum at Auburn University, Leo Twiggs’ Requiem for Mother Emanuel is now on view at the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia. Dr. Twiggs, one of the region’s most significant artists whose paintings have long dealt with the South’s difficult racial history, created this series of nine paintings in response to the tragic shootings at the Mother Emanuel AME Church on June 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina. An Art Day honoring the work of Leo Twiggs will be held on Saturday, March 10 and will feature a variety of programs and performances, as well as a gallery talk by Dr. Twiggs. For complete information, please visit the museum’s website.


New York on Ice: Skating in the City, Museum of the City of New York, New York

December 20, 2017-April 15, 2018

One of TJC's very favorite winter scenes has flown north for the season. Tennessee native Joseph Delaney’s colorful genre painting is presently on loan to the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition New York on Ice: Skating in the City. On view through April 15, the show explores the evolution of the sport and art of ice-skating in the city, both as a pastime of generations of New Yorkers and as an unexpected ingredient of urban place-making.


Scenic Impressions: Southern Interpretations from the Johnson Collection, Telfair Museums, Savannah, Georgia

October 13, 2017-April 15, 2018

In its presentation of some forty paintings created between 1880 and 1940, Scenic Impressions traces an international aesthetic’s journey to and germination in the American South. Featured artists include Wayman Adams, Colin Campbell Cooper, Elliott Daingerfield, G. Ruger Donoho, James Herring, Alfred Hutty, Blondelle Malone, Lawrence Mazzanovich, Paul Plaschke, Hattie Saussy, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anthony Thieme, Helen Turner, and Ellsworth Woodward, artists who explored local color to produce, in the words of the popular and prolific American Impressionist Childe Hassam, “some things that are charming.”


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

December 15, 2017-April 22, 2018

Two TJC paintings, Mountain Courtship and Mountain Philosopher, are included in a new major exhibition now on view at the Columbus (OH) 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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