Yesterday the College Art Association‘s Committee on Women in the Arts released their monthly list of exhibitions that are not to be missed. On the list was Southern Accents: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Featuring the work of 60 artists, the show is curated by Trevor Schoonmaker and Miranda Lash, the collection of work “questions and explores the complex and contested space of the American South”. The artists are not exclusively Southern which presents a variety of perspectives on the South that has long fascinated the rest of the country with its unique set of cultural practices, personality traits, and political ideals. The exhibition even has a curated chronological music library to accompany the work to recognize the artistic contributions hat the South has made to American Music.
“Southern Accent is an extensive exploration of southern identity through contemporary art. The exhibition has been four years in the making, but the timing of Southern Accent is especially meaningful now – in the wake of Charleston, Orlando, Baton Rouge and countless other tragedies, and given the tense social and racial climate during this presidential election year. We’re an art museum, so exhibitions are our platform for starting conversations. I hope Southern Accent can create a space to reimagine the South in new ways and reframe the way we think about the South in contemporary art. At its best, art can help give shape to cultural and social change, promote needed discourse and even help build community.”
-Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, and exhibition co-curator
Terry Adkins, Walter Inglis Anderson, Benny Andrews, Radcliffe Bailey, Romare Bearden, Sanford Biggers, Willie Birch, Rachel Boillot, Douglas Bourgeois, Roger Brown, Beverly Buchanan, Diego Camposeco, Mel Chin, William Christenberry, Sonya Clark, Robert Colescott, William Cordova, Jerstin Crosby and Bill Thelen, Thornton Dial, Sam Durant, William Eggleston, Minnie Jones Evans, Ralph Fasanella, Skylar Fein, Howard Finster, Michael Galinsky, Theaster Gates, Jeffrey Gibson, Deborah Grant, Barkley L. Hendricks, James Herbert and R.E.M., Birney Imes, Jessica Ingram, George Jenne, Deborah Luster, Sally Mann, Kerry James Marshall, Henry Harrison Mayes, Richard Misrach, Jing Niu, Tameka Norris, Catherine Opie, Gordon Parks, Ebony G. Patterson, Fahamu Pecou, Tom Rankin, Dario Robleto, Jim Roche, James “JP” Scott, Amy Sherald, Xaviera Simmons, Mark Steinmetz, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Hank Willis Thomas, Burk Uzzle, Stacy Lynn Waddell, Kara Walker, Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, and Jeff Whetstone.
Southern Accents is on display from September 1, 2016 – January 8, 2017 and will travel to the Speed Art Museum, where it will be on view April 29 – August 20, 2017.