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Celebrate American Business Women’s Day and 125 Years of Auburn Women with collection highlights

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Friday, Sept. 22 isn’t just the first day of fall–it’s American Business Women’s Day. JCSM is recognizing dynamic artists from our permanent collection, who are working and making art today.

The museum is also celebrating the Auburn Alumni Association’s 125 Years of Auburn Women. Now through Nov. 11, 2017, you can find women artists who have an Auburn or state of Alabama connection on view in the Louise Hauss and David Brent Miller Gallery.

Beginning Nov. 11, curators will change out the gallery for this year’s 1072 Society Exhibition. This year’s 1072 Society donor campaign will focus on significant artwork by women artists, thus proudly adding to the 96 females currently represented in the collection of more than 2,500 objects. You can learn more about supporting the arts at Auburn here. Here are a few highlights of women in the JCSM collection.

Florence Neal ’76

Throughout her career, Ms. Neal has created work that reflects her very personal experience and connectedness to the natural world, acknowledging those changing rhythms and cyclical patterns of growth and decay, ebb and flow and chaos and order. Though she has resided in Brooklyn, New York working as a
printmaker, sculptor, painter and curator for most of her adult life, she is a daughter of the deep south and her ties to the land are visceral and provocative. Ms. Neal is the Director and Co-founder of the Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook, Brooklyn. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Auburn University.

a pastel drawing of a bird's nest

Janet Nolan ’64

What you might step over on the streets of a big city, Janet Nolan uses to make assemblages, ranging from small to large scale. Often, rather than having an exact plan at the outset she allows the object to dictate the sculpture’s final form. The range of Nolan’s materials in recent years has included soda cans smashed in traffic, colorful plastic bottle caps, broken umbrellas and men’s neckties. Her collection of abandoned birds’ nests fills a china cupboard in her home and has inspired drawings such as the one in the museum’s collection. Currently, Ms. Nolan serves on the JCSMAdvisory Board as chair of Collections and Acquisitions.

Metal artists pour iron into molds

What is an iron pour…exactly?

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You have a specially-designed furnace, also called a cupola, in which the iron is melted. The fuel, or coke, is added to begin the heating process. Once the furnace is up to temperature, pieces of iron and additional coke are gradually added through the top of the cupola. As the iron melts, it collects around a tap at the bottom of the furnace. When enough iron is melted, the tap is opened and the hot iron flows down a channel into a specially-coated container. For our event on October 6th, the Sloss Furnaces’ metal arts crew will then pour the molten iron into sand molds, which event attendees will have had the opportunity to carve with their own designs earlier in the evening. Once the molds cool, the hardened designs will be released, and participates will have handmade souvenirs ready to take home with them that same night.

The pouring process is not only exciting and interactive, but it also recalls Alabama’s industrial past and the artisans of our region. Sloss Furnaces, a once-functioning blast furnace plant where iron was made from 1882 to 1971, is helping to educate about that rich history and the continued artistry of metal work – examples of which can be seen in several of the sculptures featured in the Out of the Box exhibition that our opening reception is celebrating — through their efforts as a National Historic Landmark.

Contributed by Jessica Hughes, co-curator, Out of the Box: A Juried Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

artwork from the film showing a head-covered woman and a dove with olive branch.

Watch the Trailer: “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”

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Watch the official trailer

RSVP for reception and screening

JCSM and the International Women for Peace and Understanding are proud to present a free screening of the award-winning documentary, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell.” This documentary chronicles the remarkable story of the Liberian women who came together to end a bloody civil war and bring peace to their shattered country. Thousands of women–mothers, grandmothers, aunts and daughters, both Christian and Muslim–came together to pray for peace and then staged a silent protest outsident the Presidential Palace in Liberia.

There will be a reception in the Museum Cafe from 1:15 to 2 pm. There will be the movie in the auditorium at 2 pm, followed by discussion.

Installation of Leo Twiggs at Auburn

Museum Live: Sept. 8, 2017

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“Immanuel: A Symposium” was recorded and streamed live at JCSM on the afternoon before the opening of “Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel.” The symposium provided the opportunity to discuss the African American church, and its historical and contemporary role as both sanctuary and location for civic and political activism.

“Under Their Own Vine and Fig Tree: African Americans and the Church in Southern History”

Presented by Dr. Richard Bailey, Alabama historian and retired research specialist

“We Are Charleston”

Presented by Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Jr. Professor of History, College of Charleston

Following this presentation, there will be a break.

“‘The Most Segregated Hour in America’: Churches and Social Justice Across the Color Line, from the Civil Rights Era to the Present”

Presented by Dr. David Carter, Associate Professor of History, Auburn University, and Dr. Johnny Green, Assistant Vice President for Outreach in Student Affairs, Auburn University

Following this presentation, there will be a panel discussion and a break. 

“Requiem for Mother Emanuel,” Dr. Leo Twiggs, Professor Emeritus, South Carolina State University

Please note that this lecture is sold out. A limited amount of seating will be available in the Museum Cafe for a live-stream of the program.

Dr. Twiggs’s lecture will shed light on his conceptualization and resolution of works in his exhibition of nine batik paintings he made in response to the June 17, 2015 massacre in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and to its aftermath and far-reaching consequences.

Opening reception for Requiem for Mother Emanuel immediately follows.

Taking the exhibition as point of departure, the objective of the symposium will be to explore the history of the black church in the U.S., and to open a discussion about the historical intersections between the Christian conversion of enslaved Africans, and the metaphorical and real church as location and catalyst for spiritual and political redemption. “Immanuel,” the Hebrew word for “God is with us,” gave Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church its name, and the concept of “Immanuel” offers a powerful point of departure for both the artwork of Dr. Twiggs and the broader themes the symposium will explore. The symposium will consist of four talks and a panel discussion leading up to the opening artist talk. JCSM has been deliberate in choosing a scholar who can address the history of the African American church both nationally and in Alabama, a scholar from Charleston, and scholars from the local community.

The symposium has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Auburn University Special Lectures Fund.

Metal artists pour iron into molds

Register for JCSM’s Teen Metal Arts Workshop with Sloss Furnaces of Birmingham

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High School students are invited to register to experience an iron pour with Sloss Furnaces at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art on October 6th from 4:00pm-5:45pm. Each student will be able to carve their own scratch block to be created into a piece of metal art (Sloss artists will explain the process at the event). Space is limited. Students who would like to attend must register by October 2nd. There is no cost for the program, but teens must have a parent or guardian sign a form to participate. Direct questions to 334-844-8792.

  • Sloss Furnaces at JCSM October 6th 4:00-5:45pm

    Please sign-up to attend the teen art workshop here! We will contact you to confirm your space and send additional forms and information. Parent/Guardian permission is required. Teens are allowed to attend on their own. Please note space is limited, registration and wait lists will be open until October 2nd.
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NBC News: School Petition Compares Classroom Pride Flag to Confederate Flag

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Alabama high school petition compares pride flag to Confederate flag

An anonymous group of students and parents in Auburn, Ala., have signed a petition to have a rainbow pride flag removed from a high school classroom. The Change.org petition claims the flag is insensitive to students who do not support LGBTQ rights and compares it to the Confederate flag.

CBS News: Meet the Southern, African American artist who paints the Confederate flag

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Meet the Southern, African American artist who paints the Confederate flag

CHARLESTON, Va. — Leo Twiggs, a son of the South, sees life as a series of crossings. That’s why the 83-year-old artist has spent four decades painting a recurring symbol: The Confederate flag. He has finished hundreds of them. He says he paints the Confederate flag as a symbol because he thinks “the South is full of contradictions.

The New York Times: A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath

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A Guide to the Charlottesville Aftermath

Since a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, news developments have continued at a torrid pace. If you are just catching up on the aftermath of the weekend’s events, or are overwhelmed by the volume of news, here is an overview of The New York Times’s coverage.

Installation of Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel

Immanuel: A Symposium

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On June 17, 2015 when Dylan Roof entered Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina he was entering the oldest African American church in the South, the home of the first independent black denomination in the United States in a city that was central to the slave trade in the United States. Roof, a young white man, murdered nine African American members of a Bible study group, sparking a series of events that brought the city, the state, and the country together long enough to finally drive state governments to take down from public buildings the battle flag of Northern Virginia, more commonly known as the Confederate flag. There were more than just political ramifications. Artist, Dr. Leo Twiggs said, “What I feel is that the tragedy changed our state in a way that I had not seen before. I think for us that was a shining moment where people came together not because of the color of their skin, but because of the humanness in their hearts. I think for the first time we started communicating heart to heart instead of head to head.” Twiggs responded with a series of nine batik paintings that chronicles a narrative of violence and redemption that not only refers to the Mother Emanuel massacre, but also serves as metaphor for the broader African American religious experience in this country.

“Immanuel: A Symposium” will take place at JCSM on the afternoon before the opening of Leo Twiggs: Requiem for Mother Emanuel. It will provide the opportunity to discuss the African American church, and its historical and contemporary role as both sanctuary and location for civic and political activism. Taking the exhibition as point of departure, the objective of the symposium will be to explore the history of the black church in the U.S., and to open a discussion about the historical intersections between the Christian conversion of enslaved Africans, and the metaphorical and real church as location and catalyst for spiritual and political redemption. “Immanuel,” the Hebrew word for “God is with us,” gave Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church its name, and the concept of “Immanuel” offers a powerful point of departure for both the artwork of Dr. Twiggs and the broader themes the Symposium will explore. The symposium will consist of four talks and a panel discussion leading up to the opening artist talk. JCSM has been deliberate in choosing a scholar who can address the history of the African American church both nationally and in Alabama, a scholar from Charleston, and scholars from the local community.

The symposium has been made possible in part by a grant from the Alabama Humanities Foundation, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Auburn University Special Lectures Fund.

Auburn University’s Mosaic Theater will perform.

“Under Their Own Vine and Fig Tree: African Americans and the Church in Southern History”

Presented by Dr. Richard Bailey, Alabama historian and retired research specialist

“We Are Charleston”

Presented by Dr. Bernard E. Powers, Jr. Professor of History, College of Charleston

Following this presentation, there will be a break.

“‘The Most Segregated Hour in America’: Churches and Social Justice Across the Color Line, from the Civil Rights Era to the Present”

Presented by Dr. David Carter, Associate Professor of History, Auburn University, and Dr. Johnny Green, Assistant Vice President for Outreach in Student Affairs, Auburn University

Following this presentation, there will be a panel discussion and a break. 

“Requiem for Mother Emanuel,” Dr. Leo Twiggs, Professor Emeritus, South Carolina State University

Dr. Twiggs’s lecture will shed light on his conceptualization and resolution of works in his exhibition of nine batik paintings he made in response to the June 17, 2015 massacre in Emanuel AME Church in Charleston and to its aftermath and far-reaching consequences.

Opening reception for Requiem for Mother Emanuel immediately follows.

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