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WOMEN, ART, & SOCIAL CHANGE: THE NEWCOMB POTTERY ENTERPRISE

WOMEN, ART, & SOCIAL CHANGE: THE NEWCOMB POTTERY ENTERPRISE

February 5 - May 18, 2015


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Discover one of the premiere arts and crafts brands of the post-Civil War era, and the story of the entrepreneurial women behind it. Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is organized by Newcomb College of Tulane University, New Orleans, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The Gardiner Museum is its only Canadian stop.

 

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION

The Gardiner Museum presents the Smithsonian exhibition Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise opening February 5 and running through May 18, 2015, in the George R. Gardiner Exhibition Gallery. 

The show tells the inspirational story of a group of women in the Deep South who achieved economic independence through making and selling pottery, and by establishing Newcomb Pottery, one of the most iconic arts and crafts brands of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 

Set against a backdrop of social change and women’s rights, the Smithsonian exhibition features the largest, most comprehensive collection of Newcomb Pottery to tour North America in three decades, with more than 125 objects of the iconic pottery on display, along with lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewellery, bookbinding and historical artifacts.

“The exhibition brings together a variety of objects created during the lifespan of the Newcomb enterprise,” says Sally Main, curator of the exhibition. “The finest examples of the pottery art form will be displayed alongside pieces that will come as a revelation to many – not only a rich variety of crafts but also photos and artifacts that breathe life into the Newcomb legacy.” 

“We are thrilled to be presenting this exhibition by one of the world’s leading cultural institutions,” says Kelvin Browne, Executive Director and CEO of the Gardiner Museum. “Not only is this a show of beautiful objects, but it has an extraordinary behind-the-scenes story with an added layer about women’s rights and social change in post-Civil War New Orleans. These themes and Southern backdrop make these women’s stories more powerful – they were arts and crafts pioneers who paved the way for entrepreneurial women of today.”

Newcomb Pottery was established in 1895 as an educational experiment of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University’s former women’s college. The quasi-commercial venture offered an opportunity for Southern women to support themselves financially during and after their training as artists. Inspired by the flora and fauna of the Gulf South, the pieces offer insight into the extraordinary women who made a lasting impression on American art and industry.

Women, Art, & Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery of Tulane University and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The Gardiner Museum is grateful to Exhibition Supporters VERITY, Susan Crocker, Laura Dinner, Senator Nicole Eaton, Lorna Marsden, Lynda Palazzi, Lynda Reeves, Senator Nancy Ruth, Karen Sheriff, and Deborah White. These women brought this exhibition to Toronto and continue the story of the Newcomb Pottery Enterprise through their own careers.

Exhibition Partners include CAMH, Far & Wide Collective, House & Home, Human Rights Watch, The Linden School, The Next 36, and The Women’s Canadian Club of Toronto. Farrow & Ball is the Official Paint Sponsor, and The Globe and Mail is the 2015 Media Partner. 

Representing 45 years of achievement in decorative arts from 1895 to 1940, the exhibit is supported by grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, which were matched by supporters of Newcomb Art Gallery.

 

ABOUT SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERVICES (SITES)

SITES has been sharing the wealth of Smithsonian collections and research programs with millions of people outside Washington, D.C., for nearly 60 years. SITES connects Americans to their shared cultural heritage through a wide range of exhibitions about art, science and history, which are shown wherever people live, work and play. Exhibition descriptions and tour schedules are available at www.sites.si.edu.

 


 

PROGRAMS

Enhance your exhibition experience with these fascinating and
thought-provoking
programs that explore the Newcomb story and
related themes:

Wednesday
February 11, 2015
6:30 - 8 PM

THE NEXT 36
DEBATE

Moderater: 
Claudia Hepburn, 
Executive Director and
Co-Founder, The Next 36

Wednesday,
March 11, 2015
6:30 - 8 PM

JUSTICE FOR
WOMEN & GIRLS
WITH DISABILITIES

Speaker: 
Shantha Rau Barriga,
Director of Disability Rights, Human Rights Watch

Thursday
April 16, 2015
6:30 - 8 PM

THE ARTS & CRAFTS OF NEWCOMB POTTERY 

Speaker: 
Martin Eidelberg, 
Professor Emeritus of Art History, Rutgers University

 

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PRESS

ANTIQUES AND THE ARTS WEEKLY

NEW YORK TIMES

WATCH: ANTIQUES ROADSHOW APPRAISAL

THE NEW ORLEANS ADVOCATE

THE ADVOCATE (BATON ROUGE, LOUISIANA)

THE EXAMINER (SOUTHEAST TEXAS)

 


 

 


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