Beyond TJC



Voices in American Art, AC Hotel, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Thursday, March 1, 2018, 7:00pm

Each year, the Johnson Collection is pleased to present Voices in American Art, an educational series designed to engage campus and community audiences alike on the subject of fine art in America. TJC is pleased to announce that Ruth Erickson, Mannion Family Curator at The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 symposium, scheduled for Thursday, March 1, at AC Hotel Spartanburg. Dr. Erickson's lecture will focus on the art and artists of Black Mountain College, the avant-garde, interdisciplinary arts enclave that operated in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina between 1933 and 1957. A selection of TJC's Black Mountain College paintings and sculpture will be highlighted throughout the hotel property, slated to open this fall. The evening lecture is open to the public at no charge. More details regarding reservations to follow.


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.


Henri Matisse: Jazz & Poetry on Paper, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina

September 15, 2017-January 15, 2018

Daringly modern artist Henri Matisse experimented with many mediums and devoted a major part of his career to reimagining books as art objects in their own right. He brought to life some of the greatest works of French literature, interpreting poetry and myths with playfully looping gestures, elegant lines, and brightly colored shapes in a distinct and wholly unique way. Now on view at the Columbia Museum of Art, this sweeping exhibition of 81 works celebrates four of Matisse’s books, including his most famous, the colorful Jazz portfolio from 1947.


Remembering Camp Wadsworth: A Commemoration of the World War I Centennial, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Spartanburg, South Carolina

August 17, 2017-February 11, 2018

Now on view at the Spartanburg Regional History Museum at Chapman Cultural Center, Remembering Camp Wadsworth: A Commemoration of the World War I Centennial pays homage to the 100,000+ soldiers who attended Army training in Spartanburg during World War I. Situated on 2,000 acres, the camp was in operation from 1917-1918, preparing new recruits for battle in the Great War. Sponsored by the Spartanburg County Historical Association, the exhibition includes recollections from Camp Wadsworth veterans, as well as vintage weapons and plane replicas.


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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