Join Explore Up Close for a Virtual Tour with the Johnson Collection, a private art collection based in Spartanburg that furthers the legacy of Southern artists on a national scale. Enjoy a virtual tour of the Johnson Collection’s latest exhibit, “Elevation from Within: The Art of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
About the exhibit:
Antebellum black colleges and universities – “an unapologetic Black space” – grew to over ninety institutions by 1900; in the 1930s, the number of campuses peaked at 121. As the twentieth century progressed and court decisions secured scholastic opportunities for African Americans, approximately seventy-five percent of all black students attending college in the United States were enrolled at historically black colleges and universities—defined as those established before 1964. HBCU classrooms and studios, fine arts departments nurtured gifted African Americans eager to articulate their individual genius, as well as their shared cultural heritage.
About the Johnson Collection:
“A Private Collection for Public Good”: What began as an interest in paintings by Carolina artists in 2002 has grown to encompass 1,200 objects with provenances that span the centuries and chronicle the cultural evolution of the American South. Today, the Johnson Collection counts iconic masterworks among its holdings, as well as representative pieces by an astonishing depth and breadth of artists, native and visiting, whose lives and legacies form the foundation of Southern art history. The collection embraces the region’s rich history and confronts its complexities, past and present.
After you register for this free event, we will send you an email prior to the event with the Zoom link for the presentation. All you need is a computer with Internet access to join this event!