Women, Art, & Social Change:
The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise
- DurationOctober 3, 2013 – March 9, 2014
- Works bySadie Irvine, Harriet Joor, Selina Bres, Marie De Hoa LeBlanc, Mary Given Sheerer, and others
- Curated BySally Main
Organized by the Newcomb Art Gallery and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise is the largest presentation of Newcomb arts and crafts in more than twenty-five years.
Works from various periods examine the role that the enterprise played in promoting art for the betterment of women, and in turn, New Orleans’ business and cultural communities, still struggling from the effects of the Civil War. The exhibit features significant examples of the iconic pottery, as well as lesser known textiles, metalwork, jewelry, bookbinding and historical artifacts.
Women, Art, and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise offers new insights into the Newcomb community—the philosophy, the friendships, the craftsmanship, and the women who made an enduring mark on American art and industry.
Coordinated by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the exhibition toured to nine museums in the U.S. and Canada:
Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA (5.17.14 — 8.31.14)
Stark Museum of Art, Orange, TX (9.20.14 — 1.4.15)
Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (2.3.15 — 5.17.15)
The Wolfsonian, Florida International University, Miami, FL (6.12.15 — 8.30.15)
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, Jacksonville, FL (10.9.15 — 1.3.16)
Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI (1.23.16 — 4.17.16)
Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ (5.7.16 — 7.10.)
Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN (7.30.16 — 11.6.16)
During its two-and-a-half-year tour, the exhibition attracted 145,915 visitors.