“Hand to Hand: Southern Craft of the 19th Century” at High Museum of Art, Atlanta

Atlanta’s High Museum of Art highlights Southern crafts and decorative arts in its ongoing exhibition “Hand to Hand: Southern Craft of the 19th Century.” The exhibition, held on the second level of the High’s Stent Family Wing, is on view through August 4, 2019.

Drawn from the museum’s 19th century Southern decorative arts collection, “Hand to Hand: Southern Craft of the 19th Century” showcases a selection of masterworks that examines the great achievements in traditional, rural forms of quilts, ceramics, basketry, and furniture.

“The style, techniques, and materials of each work reveal not only the talents of their makers but also the legacy of learned traditions that, in many instances, have continued to be handed down to following generations of makers,” the museum writes.
The exhibition includes several important works by African-American makers, including the works of David Drake, an enslaved potter working in South Carolina in the first half of the 19th century. The selection of works reflects the rich blend of cultural influences in North and South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and beyond.

“Since the 1970s, the High has celebrated and explored the role and impact of Southern decorative arts, including the legacy of historical folk art, which forms an important component of the museum’s current program through the mutual efforts of its Decorative Arts and Design and Folk and Self-Taught Art departments,” the museum adds.

This exhibition will be on view through August 4, 2019, at at the High Museum of Art, 1280 W Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA.

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Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

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