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Zelda By Herself: The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald

February 15 - April 11, 2004


One of the most famous and tragic figures of the Jazz Age will be revisited with the University of South Carolina McKissick Museum's exhibit, "Zelda By Herself: The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald."

The traveling exhibit, which was organized by International Arts and Artists of Washington, D.C., features a collection of 54 framed watercolors and a portion of paper doll constructions by Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. The exhibit will explore Zelda's personality as well. "Zelda By Herself: The Art of Zelda Fitzgerald." will be on display from February 15 through April 11, 2004. (right: A Mad Tea Party, gouache on paper, Undated, Courtesy of Eleanor Lanahan)

"Since the 1970s, we have become increasingly aware of Zelda Fitzgerald's importance as a writer and artist," said Jay Williams, chief curator of exhibitions for McKissick Museum. "Through the efforts of Professor Matthew Bruccoli and other scholars, she has moved out of F. Scott Fitzgerald's shadow."

"She was as passionate an artist as her husband, and that almost obsessive dedication to her art is reflected in this exhibition," Williams said. The museum also will offer several special events in conjunction with the exhibit, including an evening of jazz, champagne and fun with "The Beautiful and Damned: A Celebration of Art by Zelda Fitzgerald" on February 20, a creative writing workshop series and a day-long seminar on paper-based artistic activities March 27. (left: Deposition, watercolor and gouache on paper, c. 1945, Courtesy of Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts)


The Muse's Whisper: Writing with Zelda

Creative-writing seminar by Charlene Spearen, a 2003 USC graduate with an M.F.A. in creative writing. She is assistant director of USC's Poetry Initiative and the poet-in-residence at Columbia Museum. Set for on three consecutive Thursday evenings (March 25, April 1 and April 8) from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., this seminar will celebrate and explore the pleasures associated with writing a journal and poetry. The seminar is geared for the novice as well as experienced writers and teachers of writing and literature.


Free Spirit Journey: Lessons from Zelda

Saturday, March 27, from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. This is an invigorating day-long seminar of self-exploration and renewal inspired by the life and art of Zelda Fitzgerald. Sessions throughout the day include paper-based artistic endeavors like watercolor painting, scrapbook making and paper-doll construction, all elements used by Zelda in reacting to her lifestyle, sense of self and mental illness. (right: Times Square, gouache on paper, c. 1944, Courtesy of Samuel J. Lanahan)


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