Exhibition | Right Before Your Very Eyes: Art + History

Jan 13, 2016 — Aug 21, 2016

Drawn from the GCMA's permanent collection, this exhibition invites viewers to consider the narratives of specific people and places that together tell the story of the nation. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores the pottery of potter and poet David Drake, who lived as a slave in South Carolina's Edgefield District. The stories of other slaves and freedmen are highlighted in Stony the Road We Trod, while When Worlds Collide depicts a few of America's most turbulent conflicts, both domestic and foreign. Persons of Interest comprises a selection of portraits of subjects ranging from statesmen to patrons to mothers and children. Lastly, the exhibition highlights the work of South Carolina's native son William H. Johnson in Pursuing the Primitive.