Current & Coming  |  By ANTIQUES Staff

Art of the South at Colonial Williamsburg

February 15, 2014  |  It's been more than half a century since the groundbreaking Loan Exhibition of Southern Furniture 1640-1820 held at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in 1952, and much has happened since then, not just in the study of southern furniture but of the decorative arts of the re­gion as a whole.  It is time, indeed, to re­visit the subject on a grand scale, and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is doing so with A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South, a new long-term exhibition that opens on February 15 at the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. It will include some 350 objects drawn from Colonial Williamsburg's collection as well as from fourteen pri­vate collectors and ten oth­er institutions, chief among them the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, with which CWF recently inaugurated an in­novative five-year partner­ship. The furniture, paintings, silver and pewter, ceramics, and architectural elements-to name just some of the types of ob­jects included-will showcase the state of research and discovery in the field today. Together, they trace Americans' movement west and southward and reveal the diverse influences reflected in the decorative arts created by and for them.

A Rich and Varied Culture: The Material World of the Early South • DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia •  February 15 to  2019  • cwf.org        mesda.org

 

 

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