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The Charleston Renaissance: Works on Paper
April 23, 2011 - June 26, 2011
Drawn from the Morris Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition presented more than two dozen watercolors and etchings by Ellen Day Hale, Alfred Hutty, Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Anna Heyward Taylor, and Elizabeth O’Neill Verner. In addition, it represented a remarkable period in the cultural history of the twentieth-century South. The Charleston Renaissance, a period of extraordinary cultural revival, took place between the world wars. Driven by the city’s resident artists, poets, musicians, and architects, the Charleston Renaissance rescued South Carolina’s leading city from the spiritual and physical malaise wrought originally by the Civil War and perpetuated by the Great Depression. The exhibition concentrated on favorite subjects of the period’s visual artists—landscapes, the city’s architecture as represented by some of its best-known landmarks, and scenes of local color.