A Little Culture

Yesterday, the Mister and I had the amazing opportunity to attend an art exhibition at Little’s school.  Little is blessed to attend a magnet school for the arts, which means that in addition to what (at least so far) seems to be a challenging academic curriculum, the school also offers serious instruction in the arts.  Little had four pieces in the show, which included works by sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.  All were selected by Ms. M, the art teacher, who spent the summer studying at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and enjoyed her December vacation, studying in Italy.  She is inspiring her students (and their parents!).  Knowing that I won’t be leaving for Italy anytime soon, I thought instead I’d like to see what exhibitions are on deck for this spring in our neck of the woods.  Perhaps if you live in the area or are traveling this way, you might want to stop in, as well.

The Mint Museum in Charlotte is offering Chanel: Designs for the Modern Woman this spring.chanel suitThe Mint has more than 50 pieces from the legendary designer in its permanent collection; many are “the gift of a Palm Beach Lady.”  Really, I can’t wait to see!

 Speaking of Coco, who could resist this glamorous shot included in the exhibition  Henri Cartier Bresson: The Modern Century, which will be featured through May at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta? 200w_cartierbresson_details coco chanel The more I blog, the more interested I am in photography, and I think this retrospective of Bresson’s work from the 1930s will be fascinating.   Organized by MoMA, the exhibition will move to New York later this spring.

I have to admit that I haven’t visited Chattanooga in years and years, but from what I hear, this is a Southern city that has transformed itself, and one of its gems is the Hunter Museum of Art. lois The Hunter will be highlighting the exhibition Lois Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color.  And I’m thinking a weekend get-away to Chattanooga, (including, of course, a stay on the Choo Choo) could be just the (ahem) ticket!

Right around the corner, our own Greenville County Museum of Art will feature Agnes Richmond: American Impressionist this spring.richmond_diningrm  The GCMA has long been on the art lover’s list of must-sees for its incredible collection of Andrew Wyeths as well as its enormous collection of works by South Carolina native son Jasper Johns, but the museum’s temporary exhibitions shouldn’t be overlooked.

The exhibition I’m most excited about seeing this spring, though is  Mary Whyte: Working South, also on view at the Greenville museum.  Whyte_Spinner-2007After watching the CBS Sunday Morning interview with Ms. Whyte, I believe you’ll see why.  It’s a little more than seven minutes long, but I promise it’s more than worth it.


After all, we all need a little culture!IMG_3032 Little with her painting Pink Flower, in the style of Georgia O’Keeffe.   (All other images courtesy of the exhibiting institutions.)

Do you have an exhibition or gallery opening on your calendar for the new year?


  1. well, your 'little' is adorable and mighty
    talented! you must be so proud.

    we are very involved with our arts culture,
    as my husband is the chairman of the
    board of our gilcrease museum. it has
    one of the finest collections of western
    art (moran, remington, russell, etc.)

    i'm happy but not surprised to see your
    interest, too.

    this was such a fun post. thank you!

  2. I have never been to the Gilcrease, but years ago (early 90s, I think), the GCMA hosted a traveling exhibition from there. It was so well-received--everyone loved having all that iconic western art in town. I'm pretty sure I still have the catalog! Maybe someday I will make it to Tulsa, and you can show me around!

  3. Our Science Museum is getting King Tut, which I am dying to go see. And the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has some great stuff in their permanant collection that I am needing to see again. ;)

  4. What a talented "little" who looks way too grown up standing there! I think you would love visiting Chattanooga and the Hunter Museum. Have a wonderful weekend.

  5. Nice post. Your little is extremely talented. I knew immediately it was a G. OKeeffe. One of my besties is also talented and although she is a Kindergarten teacher, her house is FULL of her paintings, mostly Georgia flowers! She will have a gallery showing soon. I hope your little keeps the passion.

    ps hope you are enjoying your clemson guy home as much as I am! Clock is ticking!

  6. Well, it should be no surprise at all that the Littlest Pink O'Keefe is the bestest of them all!!!

  7. Wonderful post!

    I shared the CBS interview with facebook friends. What a gifted artist!

    Would love to see her exhibition and also the collection of Andrew Wyeths.

    Your daughter's art was very impressive. I love art by young students. My third graders were always surprising me with their amazing artwork.


  8. Lov ethat you ended you post with the most talented artist and spectacular exhibition of all! Love Little Georgia!

  9. Is Little selling or donating to a museum?
    Ok, is she signing limited edition signed prints?
    Lucky T&C children to be exposed to the arts not only by a fabulous teacher, but by wonderful parents.
    I am catching up slowly but surely and wanted to stop by to say hello and happy new year!
    I look forward to stopping by more often.

  10. Very interesting post. Just love that picture of Coco!

  11. I am itching to visit the High Museum this year, having never been before ( I admit with chagrin), and I am also determined to see the De Young in its new digs. Also I have never seen the Cortault, or the Dulwich Picture Gallery (or the Tate Modern for that matter). All are on my calendar this year, hopefully I will be able to pull off the necessary travel to make it happen. RD

  12. You have a talented little artist there! Love that pink!

    Oh, and now I am planning quick trip to Charlotte this spring! LOL

  13. Aw, dear Little looks so proud of her work. As she should be! I think her painting is wonderful! and I can certainly see the O'Keefe influence. It's fantastic that you have all these exhibits going on in your area. I know I would be happy to see them all!


  14. Thank you for this wonderful info! I am inspired!

  15. I'm with Reggie - dying to go the High. Sounds like you should be kissing the toes of Little's fabulous sounding art teacher - we need more like her!! And Little is simply adorable - I assume you'll be framing her masterpiece!


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