Featured Artists

John Biggers

Romare Bearden

Elizabeth Catlett

Thomas Hart Benton

Elaine De Kooning

Homer Ellertson

James A. Porter

Willem De Kooning

Caroline Durieux

Traveling dates and locations

Georgia Museum of Art
Athens, Georgia
June 17–December 10, 2023

Frist Art Museum
Nashville, Tennessee
January 26–April 28, 2024

Dixon Gallery and Gardens
Memphis, Tennessee
July 14– September 29, 2024

The Mint Museum
Charlotte, North Carolina
October 26, 2024–February 2, 2025

  • The vision for Southern/Modern to include works by artists working in the South in the early 20th century, including works by women and artists of color, opens the door for honest conversation about Southern culture during this period of time.

    – Todd Herman, president and CEO at The Mint Museum
  • Bringing together an exceptional group of historians, Southern/Modern enriches the understanding of America and American art during the pivotal first half of the 20th century.

    – Barbara Haskell, curator, The Whitney Museum of American Art
  • Whether ‘rediscovering’ or encountering southern modernisms for the first time, onlookers will find a welcome diversity of visual expressions shaped — even haunted — by place and identity.

    – Sylvia Yount, Lawrence A. Fleischmann Curator in Charge of American Wing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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    Southern/Modern is generously presented by Wells Fargo. Lead grant support for the exhibition is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation with additional funding from the Terra Foundation for American Art, the Andrew Wyeth Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Betsy and Alfred Brand Fund at The Mint Museum.

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    Exhibition Keepsake

    The accompanying catalogue is the first to survey progressive art created in the American South during the first half of the 20th century. Featuring 12 essays, this lavishly illustrated volume includes all the works from the exhibition and assess a broader body of contextual pieces to offer a fascinating multi pronged look at modernism’s thriving presence in the South– something, until now, largely overlooked in histories of American art.

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    Traveling dates and locations

    Dixon Gallery and Gardens Memphis, TennesseeJanuary 29–April 16, 2023

    Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Jacksonville, FloridaJune 9–September 24, 2023

    San Antonio Museum of Art San Antonio, TexasOctober 14, 2023–January 7, 2024

    Huntsville Museum of Art Huntsville, AlabamaMarch 24–June 16, 2024

    About the DeMell Jacobsen Collection

    The DeMell Jacobsen Collection is one of the finest privately held collections of American art in the United States. Although works from the collection can be found on loan to museums across the country, this exhibition marks the first time works from the collection have been brought together to be viewed together in one exhibition. The mission of the Thomas H. and Diane DeMell Jacobsen PhD Foundation is: “To carefully research and obtain American masterpieces, provide restoration (if necessary), and facilitate long-term loans to accredited museums and traveling exhibitions.”

    Thank You to our Sponsors

    American Made: Paintings and Sculpture from the DeMell Jacobsen Collection is generously presented in Charlotte by PNC Bank.

    Additional generous support is provided by The Dowd Foundation, Windgate Foundation, and U.S. Bank Private Wealth Management.

    The national tour of American Made is made possible by Bonhams, Christie’s, Doyle, Schoelkopf Gallery, and Sotheby’s.

    Media partners are SouthPark magazine and WDAV 89.9.

    Playing Pablo

    In honor of the Picasso’s Landscapes: Out of Bounds, the Mint partnered with Talking Walls to invite 10 artists and collectives to create murals around Charlotte inspired by Pablo Picasso’s landscapes or his monumental antiwar painting Guernica. Aligning with Talking Walls’s mission to beautify the Queen City with large-scale paintings for all to enjoy, the Playing Pablo murals are located at Camp North End, Mint Museum Uptown, Mint Museum Randolph, Optimist Hall, and Queens University. Involving Charlotte contemporary artists was always central to the Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds. The exhibition allows local artists to study the works up close and in person, to break down the structure, and analyze the compositions and brushstrokes to further their own experimentation. The partnership reminds us that one of the Mint’s primary goals is to preserve and present art’s history so that the next generation can push it forward, says Jen Sudul-Edwards, chief curator and curator of contemporary art at The Mint Museum. “Utilizing local artists to be a part of this global celebration with the Mint highlights their efforts to continuously collaborate with the local arts community. Picasso has influenced so many artists that this seemed like a natural and organic fit between TWC and the Mint. Each artist selected for this experience was able to honor Picasso in their creative lens and I am proud of what came to fruition.” —Carla Aaron-Lopez, artist and chairwoman of Talking Walls.

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    Exhibition Keepsake

    Get your limited edition exhibition catalog to remember the experience.

    Thank You to our Sponsors

    Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds is generously presented in Charlotte by Bank of America, the City of Charlotte, Duke Energy, Mecklenburg County, M.A. Rogers, Ann and Michael Tarwater, North Carolina Arts Council, and Moore & Van Allen. In-kind exhibition support provided by World Affairs Council of Charlotte. The Mint Museum is supported, in part, by the Infusion Fund and its generous donors. 

    Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds is organized by the American Federation of Arts with guest curator Laurence Madeline, with the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris. The exhibition is generously supported by Monique Schoen Warshaw. Additional support has been provided by Betsy S. Barbanell, Lee White Galvis, Clare E. McKeon, and Stephanie R. La Nasa. Support for the accompanying publication provided by Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund. Picasso Celebration 1973-2023: 50 exhibitions and events to celebrate Picasso. 

    Additional generous supporters

    Leigh-Ann and Martin Sprock
    Robin and Bill Branstrom
    Sally Cooper
    Laura and Mike Grace
    Marshelette and Milton Prime
    Posey and Mark Mealy

    Chandra and Jimmie Johnson
    Marty and Weston Andress
    Mary and Walt Beaver
    Betsy and Alfred Brand
    Sarah and Tim Belk
    toni and Alfred Kendrick
    Beth and Drew
    Quartapella
    Rocky and Curtis Trenkelbach
    Charlotte and John Wickham
    Mary Lou and Jim Babb
    Jo Ann and
    Joddy Peer

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    About The American Federation of Arts

    The American Federation of Arts is the leader in traveling exhibitions internationally. A nonprofit organization founded in 1909, the AFA is dedicated to enriching the public’s experience and understanding of the visual arts through organizing and touring art exhibitions for presentation in museums around the world, publishing exhibition catalogues featuring important scholarly research, and developing educational programs.

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