Thursday, August 28, 2014
Lecture: Sally Main"Newcomb's Designers: A Conscious Revolution"
5:30 – 6:30 pm
Lectures and Gallery Talks
Sally Main, senior curator at the Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, will deliver this lecture in connection with the exhibition "Women, Art and Social Change: The Newcomb Pottery Enterprise."
Newcomb Pottery, in operation from 1895 to 1940, represents an achievement not surpassed by any other group of women artists in the United States. Conceived in the late 19th century as an educational experiment to train New Orleans' women in the applied arts, the Pottery enterprise offered its artisans an opportunity to better their lives by creating one-of-a-kind decorative objects, for which there was sufficient demand, to generate meaningful financial compensation. The enterprise became a "model industry" within the Newcomb Art School of the H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College, Tulane University's coordinate institution for women.
During its 45 years of existence, the Pottery enterprise provided full- or part-time employment to approximately 95 women, whose accomplishments are evident in the items they made. Their success is all the more remarkable in that it took place in a climate of conflicting economic and ideological circumstances that confronted post-bellum women in the American South.