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About the Catalogue

February 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Ruins of Windsor by Eudora Welty

Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art
Edited by Angela D. Mack and Stephen G. Hoffius
University of South Carolina Press, Published in Cooperation with the Gibbes Museum of Art/ Carolina Art Association, 2008

Accompanying the exhibition Landscape of Slavery: The Plantation in American Art, is this publication of the same name. This book offers insight into historical and contemporary considerations in art and social history regarding the plantation. The book features seventy-seven color plates and sixteen black and white illustrations which augment seven essays. Book contributors are Alexis L. Boylan, Michael D. Harris, Leslie King-Hammond, Angela D. Mack, Maurie D. McInnis, Roberta Sokolitz and John Michael Vlach. The book will be available at the exhibition locations.

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  • Mary Scott said:
    on March 23rd, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    In response to Mr. Hoffius’ post:
    First of all, when I began taking the Arts and Cultures of the Slave South class, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I thought that it was an art history course, which I had never taken before, but on one of my favorite subjects. Previously, the thought of seeing all of these images and memorizing what they meant and who painted/sculpted them sounded petrifying, but now I thoroughly enjoy it! Personally, now, I would like nothing more than to go to the UVA art museum and look at paintings – think to myself what the artist may have meant, not just read what others think about it. The little blurb next to the work gives the background, then you can take it however you like. Therefore, yes I enjoy intelligent speeches on many of these aspects that I am interested in, but the catalog as a preview to the real thing is what really intrigues me!

  • Britani Griffin said:
    on May 1st, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    The exhibit offered insight into historical and contemporary issues of a slave south plantation. throughout the exhibit it was evident the aspects of the slave south which contributed to the workings of the plantation. What was most interesting to me about the portraits in the exhibit was how the slave was often a miniscule aspect of the piece. I found this quite disturbing since the slave was a main component of the southern plantation. I did however enjoy all my visits to the museum, and hope to see more exhibits with such captitvating pieces.

  • Brittany Hannah said:
    on May 2nd, 2008 at 5:33 am

    I think it is very interesting that the title of the exhibition is: “Landscapes of Slaves: The Plantation in American Art.” Being from Georgia, almost everything I see while driving is named after a plantation. In fact, my own living complex is named River’s Edge Plantation. Thus, I always wonder why everything continues to be named after “plantations” to this day. I believe that the plantation is a good marketing tool because it signifies wealth, space, and exclusivity. Think about the power of Mt. Vernon, the single most visible plantation and how it influences so many depictions of plantations. In the highest grossing movie of all time, Gone with the Wind, Tara Plantation evokes the same tall columns as those in Mt. Vernon. Thus, I believe that the plantation is a very central facet to consider when studying slavery. Even in modern times,the use of the word plantation can have other uses. For example, Clinton describes Congress as a plantation because one party is in power while the other group has no access to power. Thus, there is an imbalance present on plantations.

    I love the title of the exhibition and I think that it is important to consider the actual landscapes surrounding slavery while studying it.