Material Georgia 1733–1900: Two Decades of Scholarship
Saturday, Nov 16, 2019 — Sunday, Mar 15, 2020
This exhibition will review 20 years of scholarly activity at the Henry D. Green Center for the Study of the Decorative Arts. It will include numerous examples of furniture, textiles, pottery and metal work, present a synthesis of Green Center work, show new research and point the way for future research in Georgia-related decorative arts.
“Material Georgia” takes a comprehensive look at Georgia’s diverse contributions to early decorative arts as well as summarizing the scholarship of the past 20 years. It focuses on revealing new discoveries made in the field, pointing a way forward and making the case Georgia can hold its own against any other state in terms of the quality of its decorative arts. “Material Georgia” surveys Georgia decorative art in media including furniture, silver, pottery, textiles, basketry and portraits. Georgia has had a troubled history, shaped by the system of slavery and widespread inequality, but its diverse material culture tells about the lives of all its people.
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Augusta, Georgia, area, sideboard, ca. 1800–20. Mahogany, mahogany veneer, yellow pine, 40 x 74 3/4 x 25 3/4 inches. Collection of Fred and Beth Mercier.get_appDownload File
Lower Southern Piedmont, probably Clarke County, Georgia, chest with residual blue paint, ca. 1740–90. Yellow pine, 25 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 20 inches. Collection of Fred and Beth Mercier.get_appDownload File
M.W. Galt & Bro (active Washington, DC, 1847–71), oval waiter tray, ca. 1857. Coin silver. Engraved: “Robert Toombs / from his / MINNISOTA FRIENDS. / 1857.” 1 x 21 1/4 x 12 3/4 inches. On loan from Jim Carter.get_appDownload File
Mrs. Robert Carver, Masonic apron, ca. 1834. Silk with watercolor and metallic beads, linen, 16 3/4 x 15 3/8 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Emmett T. Bragg. GMOA 2004.20.get_appDownload File
Unidentified maker (active North Georgia), basket, ca. 1830. River cane and oak handles; walnut and butternut dyes, 12 3/4 x 18 3/4 x 16 1/2 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Denny and Peggy Galis. GMOA 2018.408.get_appDownload File
Probably Walton or adjacent county, Georgia, slab or sideboard, ca. 1815–35. Yellow pine, 49 x 55 x 21 inches. Collection of Robert Morris Jackson.get_appDownload File
North Georgia, possibly Nacoochee Valley, chest with inlay, ca. 1805–25. Mahogany veneer, possibly walnut, and light wood inlay and yellow pine, 40 1/2 x 38 1/2 x 20 3/4 inches. Private collection, promised bequest to Georgia Museum of Art.get_appDownload File
Attributed to Stephen H. White (1787–1857, Madison County, Georgia), sugar chest, ca. 1830–50. Walnut and yellow pine, 24 1/2 x 36 x 17 1/2 inches. Cobbham Collection by William Dunn Wansley.get_appDownload File
Crawford County, churn, ca. 1890. Stoneware with dripped alkaline glaze, 18 x 12 1/2 inches. Georgia Museum of Art, University of Georgia; Gift of Helen Plymale and family. GMOA 2017.312.get_appDownload File
Jesse M. Annis (Jasper County), turn-top table, ca. 1874. Yellow pine and/or cypress with poplar legs and ash brace, 29 x 59 (diameter) inches, center 37 inches in diameter. Collection of Jeff and Michelle Finch.get_appDownload File
Dale L. Couch, curator of decorative arts
The Forward Arts Foundation, the Frances Wood Wilson Foundation, Georgia Humanities, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art
Philip Henry Alston Jr. and Virginia and Alfred Kennedy Galleries
Mon, Oct 07, 2019