Tag: Art

Living, Being, and Doing

Living, Being, and Doing

Lisa McCarty

Over the course of eight years while living in North Carolina, photographer Lisa McCarty visited Lake Eden, former home of the renowned experimental art school Black Mountain College. McCarty writes, "My motivation was never to repeat what the original students made, and I never expected to see exactly what they saw. However, I did want to feel something of what they felt, to be a part of natureculture. When I go to Lake Eden with my camera, I can, and I do. I become sensitive to everything." Between 1933 and 1957, Black Mountain's roster included Josef Albers, Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, John Cage, Merce Cunningham, Buckminster Fuller, Elaine de Kooning, Willem de Kooning, Gwendolyn Lawrence, Jacob Lawrence, Barbara Morgan, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Susan Weil, and Marion Post Wolcott. Many of these artists are now part of the canon of American art and literature, and it is often the knowledge that many of them lived and worked together in the same place that sparks curiosity about the school. But despite the visceral effect of this specific place on a wide range of students, faculty, and even the subsequent admirers of the school that tour Lake Eden today, the importance of environmental stewardship and reverence at the College are often footnotes in its history.

In Search of Maudell Sleet’s Garden

In Search of Maudell Sleet’s Garden

Glenda Gilmore

Art offers an archive that documents the environmental past. As cities grew quickly in the New South at the start of the twentieth century, women established urban gardens that provided self-sufficiency and meager profits for their households. Urban planners and zoning eliminated most of these opportunities by the late 1930s. The artist Romare Bearden, born in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1911, recalled in his art the beauty of urban gardens among African American homes. This article considers those gardening practices through two Bearden collages centered on the unknown gardener Maudell Sleet and chronicles how cities changed with the demise of urban gardening.

“Now We Can Deal with the Nuances of Who We Are”

“Now We Can Deal with the Nuances of Who We Are”

Amy Sherald, Deborah Roberts, and Teka Selman

Conversation with portrait artists Amy Sherald and Deborah Roberts.

Plans, Propositions, and Realizations

Plans, Propositions, and Realizations

Mel Chin
Cancer Alley

Cancer Alley

Monique Michelle Verdin
Passport

Passport

Susan Harbage Page
Return to Sender

Return to Sender

by Tommy Kha, introduced by Courtney Yoshimura
A South in Every North

A South in Every North

Diego Camposeco
New Faces of Tradition

New Faces of Tradition

Zoe van Buren and Katy Clune

Stories and portraits from the Millennial Traditional Artists project, a collaboration between the North Carolina Arts Council and Duke University.

What Home Means

What Home Means

Southern Cultures

In a moment when we're encouraged to stay home and shelter-in-place, we've asked many of our illustrator friends to document what home now means to them. Print them out, color them in, and create your own to share with us online using the hashtag #SCatHome. You can also download a full printable PDF at the end of the article.

400

400

by Jamaal Barber
Curers, Charms, and Curses / Meddygon, Swynion, a Melltithion

Curers, Charms, and Curses / Meddygon, Swynion, a Melltithion

Peter Stevenson