Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts

Please join us for artist’s talk by dawn Williams Boyd at 7 pm on Thursday, March 21.

The Richardson Family Art Museum in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts features Sacred and Secular: Netherlandish Baroque Paintings from Regional Collections and Graphic Solidarity: The Internationalist Outlook of the Cuban Revolution until May 19.

Dynamic and theatrical, but also down-to-earth, moralizing, and sometimes comic.  Triumphant, grandiose, and propagandistic, and yet also intimate and inward.  All of these terms are applicable to the art of the European Baroque, the cultural epoch of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries which produced an unprecedented richness and variety in creative expression.  Complex and conflicting forces across the political, religious, economic, and social spheres of life account for this artistic abundance.  The Netherlands, a major center of artistic production during the Baroque period, was home to many of these contrasts and conflicts within its relatively small geographic boundaries along the northern coast of Europe.

These diverse cultural forces are evident, in varying ways and degrees, in a selection of paintings generously lent to Wofford College by the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery in Greenville, SC, the Columbia Museum of Art in Columbia, SC, and the Francis and Lilly Robicsek Collection in Charlotte, NC.  A number of events during Wofford’s spring semester will explore aspects of Baroque culture and showcase student research on the exhibited works.

Graphic Solidarity: The Internationalist Outlook of the Cuban Revolution features posters produced in Cuba during the period following the revolution through the 1980s. The posters highlighted in this exhibition focus on Cuba’s efforts to spread the messages of their revolution worldwide and to inspire others in the fight against oppression stemming from the legacy of imperialism and colonialism. Primarily published by the OSPAAAL organization based in Havana, these works helped to facilitate the internationalist outlook and message of the Cuban revolution through their inclusion in the Tricontinental Magazine which reached people in more than 60 countries worldwide.  The works in this exhibition are on loan from the collection of Lindsay Webster, Spartanburg, SC.  Curated by Katie McCorkle, this exhibition is a culmination of her year-long Art History and Government honors project.

 

The Richardson Family Art Gallery features Stoppages, recent sculptural work by Michael Webster, Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Wofford College until Saturday, March 30th.

These sculptures are a collection of fragments, contradictions, and run-on thoughts about the physical world.  They emerge from a fascination with systems of the built environment and objects that occupy our space.  When Webster collects found things, he often lives with them for years before incorporating them into a sculpture, adding something to their long-established history.  A faded, peeled-up yellow road line is the material embodiment of the syntax that organizes movement, but can we also imagine what could exist beneath the road line, and allow an absurd moment to unravel the margins of the system?

 

The Rosalind S. Richardson Center of the Arts features the work of figurative quilt painter, Dawn Williams Boyd through March 30, 2019.

Dawn Williams Boyd: Scraps from My Mother’s Floor reflects her interests in American history as it affects and is affected by its African American citizens.  After 30 years painting in oils and acrylics on various surfaces, in 2002 Boyd began to ‘paint’ with fabric instead of on it.  Her large scale ‘cloth paintings’ are packed with vibrant, often life sized figures and are strategically embellished with beads, sequins, cowry shells and hand embroidery.  Large pieces often take over 500 hours to complete.  Through cutting, patching, surface embellishment and quilting, bits and pieces of fabric are transformed into modern visual storytelling.

 

Museum and Gallery hours:

Tues. Wed. Fri. & Sat.: 1-5 p.m.

Thurs.: 1-9 p.m.

Sun. & Mon.: Closed

For more information, please contact  864-597-4940 or ThomasMH@wofford.edu.