Spanning the decades between the late 1890s and early 1960s, The Johnson Collection’s new exhibition and its companion book, Central to Their Lives: Southern Women Artists in the Johnson Collection, examine the particularly complex challenges Southern women artists confronted in a traditionally conservative region during a period in which women’s social, cultural, and political roles were being redefined and reinterpreted. How did the variables of historical gender norms, educational barriers, race, regionalism, sisterhood, suffrage, and modernism mitigate and motivate women seeking expression on canvas or in clay? Whether in personal or professional arenas? Working from studio space in spare rooms at home or on the world stage, the artists considered made remarkable contributions by fostering future generations of artists through instruction, incorporating new aesthetics into the fine arts, and challenging the status quo.
To discuss the book and exhibition, Dr. Edgar is joined by Lynne Blackman, Director of Communications for the Johnson Collection, curatorial advisor Susanna Johnson Shannon, and curator and essayist Martha Severens.
All Stations: Fri, Nov 09, 12 pm | News & Talk Stations: Sun, Nov 11, 4 pm
The exhibition opened at the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, (June 30–September 23, 2018).
Other venues include:
- The Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson, October 6, 2018–January 20, 2019
- Huntington Museum of Art, West Virginia, March 2–June 30, 2019
- The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Memphis, Tennessee, July 28–October 13, 2019
- The Gibbes Museum of Art, Charleston, South Carolina, January 17–May 3, 2020
- The Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, Jacksonville, Florida, June 23–November 29, 2020
- The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia, January 30–June 13, 2021.