[Newcomb Pottery by Sarah A. E. “Sadie” Irvine with Kenneth Smith or Francis Ford: Platter, ca. 1942–48 with Gulf Stream design in the collection of Newcomb Art Collection, Tulane University.]
On view this summer at the Georgia Museum of Art in Athens are two very different shows that explore similar themes: Young art students shaking up their communities. The first traveling exhibition, Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise, is one we've already touched on. With approximately 180 pieces (textiles and metalwork plus the better known ceramics), this show looks at works by the women of Newcomb Pottery, essentially a collective/business experiment begun by Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans in the wake of the Civil War. As I mentioned last year, the exhibition aims to spotlight more of the individual Newcomb artists who've previously remained anonymous.
Likewise, Shapes That Talk to Me: The Athens Scene, 1975–85 delves into the ways in which fledgling artists shaped Athens' burgeoning music community during the golden era. While today the bands of the period are household names, many of the visual artists are not. So the exhibition seeks to give the latter their due. The show is actually part of a larger happening, Art Rocks Athens 2014.