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Coming Home: American Paintings, 1930-1950, from the Schoen Collection

May 4 - July 24, 2005

 

The Telfair Museum of Art today announced that Coming Home: American Paintings, 1930-1950, from the Schoen Collection, a private collection of American art produced during the tumultuous decades spanning the Great Depression and World War II, will be on view at the Telfair Academy of Arts and Sciences from May 4 through July 24, 2005. (right: Charles T. Bowling (1891-1985), Church at the Crossroads, 1936, oil on masonite, 24 x 30 inches)

Featuring 127 largely representational works from the 1930s and 40s, the show explores a variety of themes including regional life; urban and industrial landscapes; signage, billboards and the American road; work and labor; the Depression on the farm and in the city; social protest; and fantasy and post-surrealism.

"The paintings presented in Coming Home exhibit a broad array of stylistic tendencies including social realism, regionalism, surrealism, magic realism, precisionism, and American scene painting," said the Telfair's Executive Director, Dr. Diane Lesko, in announcing the exhibition. "In addition, this engaging exhibition includes important Georgia artists Lamar Dodd and a number of others, such as Andree Ruellan and Alexander Brook, who worked in Savannah."

Also included in the show are works by celebrated artists Thomas Hart Benton, John Steuart Curry, Philip Evergood, Ben Shahn, and Paul Cadmus, as well as Robert Gwathmey and Peppino Mangravite. Dodd, Gwathmey, Ruellan, and Mangravite are represented in the permanent collection of the Telfair Museum of Art.

Many of the artists included in Coming Home worked under the auspices of various New Deal programs, producing murals and other art for public consumption. "For over a decade, from about 1933 to 1943, the federal government was the primary patron of American art and artists," notes scholar Erika Doss notes in the handsome catalogue that accompanies the exhibition.

Coming Home is the first major show devoted to Depression- and war-era American paintings to be held at the Telfair. The exhibition is co-organized by the Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia, Athens and the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, Alabama.

A fully-illustrated color catalogue with essays by Erika Doss and Andrew Ladis accompanies the exhibition. Curators for the exhibition are William U. Eiland, director of the Georgia Museum of Art; Paul W. Richelson, curator of art at the Mobile Museum of Art; and Cecilia Hinton, curator of education at the Georgia Museum of Art.

The program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The Council is a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Mobile Museum of Art programs are made possible, in part, by a grant from the Alabama State Council for the Arts. (right: Alexandre Hogue (1898-1994), Pecos Escarpment, 1937, Egg tempera on panel, 22 x 30 inches)

In a related event, on Sunday, July 17, from 2-4 p.m. The Telfair presents Coming Home Family Sunday, an afternoon of fun celebrating regionalism in art and musical traditions as part of its presentation of the exhibition Coming Home. The event will include hands-on studio activities for young people, artist demonstrations by local and regional artists, and performances of Georgia folk music. A special concert by the Mahogany Brass Band of New Orleans will begin at 3:00 p.m. The event is free of charge, sponsored by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs/ Leisure Services Bureau.

 

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Visions of California: The Story of California Scene Painting, produced by Paul Bockhorst for KOCE Public Television in collaboration with The Irvine Museum, is the 1994 story of California Scene Painting 1925-1950. Bockhorst, working with scores of collectors and dozens of institutions and museums nationwide, has created a three-part series of artistic delight and intellectual insight that features almost 150 works of art.

 

 

 

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