Exploring 20th Century Modernism in the American South

“Southern / Modern” wasorganized by the Mint Museum in collaboration with the Georgia Museum of Art.  The publication, which features essays by leading scholars in the field, was produced in partnership with the University of North Carolina Press.

"SOUTHERN \ MODERN: Rediscovering Southern Art from the First Half of the Twentieth Century"

We thank our friends BILL EILAND, Retired Director of the Georgia Museum of Art, and JONATHAN STUHLMAN, Senior Curator of American Art at the Mint Museum, for helping us promote Alabama's historic Dixie Art Colony. The exhibition includes artwork by Dixie Art Colony artists Frank Applebee, Richard Coe, Lamar Dodd, John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Carlos Alpha "Shiney" Moon, Anne Goldthwaite, and Mildred Nungester Wolfe, all represented in the DAC Foundation collection.

We are also pleased to note that the publication includes a comprehensive essay about the Colony and the DAC Foundation's iconic photograph, "Diddle Daddle," the Dixie Art Colony mascot, with Sally LeBron. Although their artwork is not included, the essay also mentions Dixie Art Colonists Warree Carmichael LeBron, Arthur Walter Stewart, Karl Wolfe, Doris Alexander Thompson, and Genevieve McClure Southerland.

Other Alabama artists included in the exhibition are Zelda Fitzgerald and New South School artists Crawford Gillis, John Lapsley, Charles Shannon, and Maltby Sykes. Widely known artists such as Frank Hartley Anderson, Walter Anderson, Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, and Robert Gwathmey are also represented in the exhibition.

left to right:  John Kelly Fitzpatrick, Foothills, 1938, oil on canvas, 30 x 40 inches, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts  |  Gift of the Artist, 1938.0008.  Anne Goldthwaite, Yellow Calla Lilies, n.d., oil on canvas, 36 x 30.25 inches, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts  |  Gift of Richard Goldthwaite, 1972.0084.

top to bottom:  John Kelly Fitzpatrick with Students, c.1950, Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts. |  Diddle Daddle, the Dixie Art Colony mascot, with Sally LeBron c.1941, Dixie Art Colony Foundation  |  DAC-WCL-2006.PH.0002

left to right:  Frank Applebee, Untitled, 1947, oil on canvas, 20 x 16.25 inches, Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University  |  Art Department Transfer Collection.  Carlos Alpha (Shiney) Moon, Birmingham1952., watercolor on paper, 16.75 x 22.5 inches, Birmingham Museum of Fine Art  |  Gift of Dr. Lynn Katz, AFI.87.2018.

left to right: Anne Goldthwaite, Cabin in Alabama, c. 1915-25, oil on canvas, 18.25 x 22.25 inches, Smithsonian American Art Museum | Gift of Lucy Goldthwaite, 1986.113. Anne Goldthwaite, The Church on the Hill (The House on the Hill), 1910-11, oil on canvas, 18 x 22 inches. |  Collection of D. Joseph McInnes.

left to right:  Mildred Nungester Wolfe, Old Caton Road, 1946, oil on canvas, 30 x 38 inches, Private Collection.  Mildred Nungester Wolfe teaching an art class at Allison's Wells Hotel (Home of the Mississippi Art Colony).  |  James Yancey

GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART, Athens, GA  |  June 17 – December 10, 2023
FRIST ART MUSEUM, Nashville, TN  |  January 25 – April 21, 2024
DIXON GALLERY AND GARDENS, Memphis, TN  |  July 14 – September 29, 2024
MINT MUSEUM, Charlotte, NC  |  October 26, 2024 – February 2, 2025

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