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Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise

Event Date:
July 29th, 2016 through November 6th, 2016

Event Time / Hours Details:
We are open seven days a week on the following schedule:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m. (Martin ArtQuest closes at 5:30 p.m.)
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00–5:30 p.m. (Café opens at noon on Sunday)

Venue / Location Details:
919 Broadway.
Nashville, Tennessee 37203
The Frist Center is located in downtown Nashville at 919 Broadway.

Event Details:

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than twenty-five years and offers new insights into the Newcomb community’s enduring mark on American art and industry. With more than 150 objects that span 45 years of production, the exhibition examines the role that Newcomb Pottery played in promoting art for the advancement of women and, in turn, New Orleans’ business and cultural communities, which were still struggling from the effects of the Civil War. What began as an educational experiment in 1895 at the Newcomb College, Tulane University’s former women’s college, flourished into a quasi-commercial venture that offered an opportunity for Southern women to support themselves financially during and after their training as artists. Many of the works of the Newcomb Pottery enterprise were inspired by the native flora and fauna of the Gulf South, a style that became immediately recognizable and popular with influential collectors, curators and tastemakers across the country. This exhibition features important examples of the iconic pottery and metalwork, along with textiles, jewelry, bookbinding and other historical artifacts.

Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, an exhibition created and organized by Newcomb Art Museum, Tulane University, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES), was made possible in part through the generous support of Henry Luce Foundation and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works.

Image credits:
Harriet Coulter Joor, decorator; Joseph Meyer, potter. Plate with cactus design, ca. 1903. Incised; underglaze painting with glossy glaze. Newcomb Art Collection, Tulane University, gift of Mrs. Arthur L. (Harriet) Jung Jr.

Harriet Coulter Joor, decorator; Joseph Meyer, potter. Vase with daffodil design, ca. 1903.
Incised; underglaze painting with glossy glaze. Newcomb Art Collection, Tulane University

Attributed to Mary Williams Butler. Moonstone in cut-out and hand-wrought silver chain
and pendant, ca. 1929. Newcomb Art Collection,Tulane University; gift of Mrs. Harry B. “Jack” Kelleher

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