Morris Museum of Art

1 Tenth Street, Augusta, GA 30901 - United States

706-724-7501

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The Morris Museum of Art, located on the Riverwalk in downtown Augusta, Georgia, is the first museum dedicated to the art and artists of the American South. The collection includes holdings of more than 5,000 paintings, works on paper, photographs, and sculptures dating from the late-eighteenth century to the present. In addition to the permanent collection galleries, the museum hosts more than twenty temporary special exhibitions every year.

The museum also houses the Center for the Study of Southern Art, a reference and research library that includes archives pertaining to artists working in the South.

Exhibits

Folk Art in the South: Selections from the Permanent Collection
January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Drawn from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, this modest presentation includes work by some of the region’s best-known folk artists. The present installation underscores the museum’s status as one of the premier collectors of folk art in the region.

The Eugene Fleischer Collection of Studio Art Glass
September 21, 2019 - December 31, 2020
Many of the most important artists of the studio glass movement are represented in the remarkable collection that was assembled by the late Eugene Fleischer. A man of many enthusiasms (and almost as many collections), he pursued the best examples by the best glass artists with ardor and energy and built an important collection that he bequeathed to the Morris Museum of Art. Much of it is on display in the museum’s newest permanent collection gallery, beginning in late September.

LUSTER: Realism and Hyperrealism in Contemporary Automobile and Motorcycle Painting
March 6, 2020 - May 10, 2020
This bold exhibition includes more than fifty-five paintings by fourteen leading photorealist artists—A. D. Cook, Randy Ford, Allan Gorman, Marc G. Jones, Cheryl Kelley, Richard Lewis, Lory Lockwood, Bob Petillo, Kris Preslan, Joseph Santos, Ken Scaglia, John E. Schaeffer, Guenevere Schwien, and Harold Zabady—all of whom specialize in automobile and motorcycle imagery.

Through their work, they share their enthusiasm for the sensuous line and shimmering surfaces of motorized vehicles. The luster one finds in chrome ornamentation and trim, reflective side moldings, and, in fact, on all of the glistening, reflective surfaces of cars and motorcycles is the chief characteristic of their work. A subject was never better suited to a particular style of painting, as this celebration of motorized transportation proves.

Early Modernism in the South
March 28, 2020 - September 27, 2020
Since 1900 much of American painting and sculpture has been represented by a series of revolts against tradition, especially academic tradition.

At the dawn of the twentieth century, realism became the new direction for American artists. Later those realists gave way to modernists, many of them arriving from Europe. The impact of the 1913 Armory Show, where Americans saw Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (No. 2) for the first time, was incalculable, and soon pioneering art dealers like Alfred Stieglitz were promoting and selling the work of a younger generation of American artists influenced by cubism and abstraction.

After World War I many American artists rejected these modern trends and chose to return to various (in some cases academic) styles of realism in order to depict urban and rural America. The type of realism found in American scene painting was favored by those who depicted rural life, whereas the precisionists sought to capture architectural forms and industry in their paintings.

The South, like other parts of the country, was subject to these influences. Many of the South’s most important teaching artists spent time in New York City and Paris and brought home new painting styles. This is exemplified by this selection from the museum’s permanent collection, which features the work of Frank London, Wade White, Will Henry Stevens, John McCrady, Paul Ninas, Robert Gwathmey, and others.

These early works of modernism in the museum’s collection remain on view through September 27th.

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