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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

1.08.2013

From Boston to Huntsville

[Loïs Mailou Jones works on her cretonne textile designs in the 1920s. Image via the Loïs Mailou Jones Trust.]

[Jones's portrait of Zora Neale Hurston.]

On the museum front, it's a great year for pioneering 20th century artist Loïs Mailou Jones. Later this month at the MFA, Boston, an eponymous exhibition of her work opens and in February a major retrospective, Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color, comes to the Huntsville Museum of Art. By clicking the links included in this post, you'll see some of her most vivid midcentury through 1970s paintings but here I wanted to share nods to Jones's beginnings as a textile designer. (Both shows will explore all aspects of her career.) Look at the appreciation of surface pattern in her portrait of writer Zora Neale Hurston.

[Image via MFA, Boston.]

In 1927, Jones earned a design degree with honors from Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts. This 1924 study shown above is an early watercolor copy after a Han-Chinese embroidery in the MFA's collection. I think it gives a little sense of her own graphic style which was to emerge a bit later.

[Image via Pinterest.]

And back to Hurston, a Jones design appears on the book cover above.


Speaking of the Huntsville Museum of Art, as promised I have the date for Haskell's talk: Tuesday, February 26. She'll speak about what she knows so well, Southern style, at a gala luncheon. For tickets, contact the Museum.

Related past posts: Art, The Cosby Show, and David Driskell and Girton and Maud.

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