This year marks Brookgreen Gardens’ 90th anniversary and, today, the sculpture garden announced the new special exhibitions that will be displayed this Spring. Home to the largest collection of American figurative sculpture in the country, Brookgreen Gardens continues as a leader in conserving and exhibiting collections that educate a diverse audience about sculpture, horticulture and the history of the Lowcountry.
“This year, we are bringing in extraordinary exhibitions that allow our community to connect with art in new ways,” says Page Kiniry, president and CEO of Brookgreen Gardens. “Brookgreen prides itself in displaying collections that represent and honor the Lowcountry’s history and encourage freedom of thought. We will continue to keep COVID-19 related safety measures in place to ensure our visitors can enjoy these exhibitions and our gardens safely.”
The 2021 Spring exhibition schedule is as follows:
Rosie Sandifer: A Life in Paintings and Sculpture
Through February 14
A collection of oil paintings and bronze sculptures will showcase the career to date of Rosie Sandifer, an award-winning Fellow of the National Sculpture Society, Portrait Society of America, American Artists Professional League and Plein Air Painters of America. From maquettes of monuments to sculptures of all sizes depicting the joys of childhood, the three-dimensional aspect of the exhibit will amaze and awe. The paintings range from landscapes – mostly plein-air, but also studio works – portraits, vignettes of people and children in everyday activities, as well as Western-themed subjects. The exhibition will be on display now through February 14 in the Jennewein Gallery of the Rainey Pavilion.
Black Southern Belles
January 9 – March 31
South Carolina native and internationally acclaimed Gullah artist, speaker and Pan African Cultural Heritage Institute Fellow, Sonja Griffin Evans, will display her works in Brookgreen’s Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium beginning January 9. Her work encapsulates the lifestyle of African Americans after the Civil War and illuminates the beauty of Gullah culture. She is a prolific mixed-medium artist that incorporates items such as tin, wood and other materials while using vibrant colors on canvas indicative of traditional Gullah style. Each of her pieces tell an alluring story and create a reflection of the deep spirituality of people of African descent.
Grass in Motion
January 9 – March 31
Antwon Ford began learning the art of sweetgrass basketry at the age of four by watching his grandmother in her kitchen in Mt. Pleasant. At seven years old, he sold his first basket to a family member for $5 and was hooked. While experimenting with the grasses, Ford used mathematics and science to create sculptures with traditional materials. In 2009, he began his "Grass in Motion" project, striving to produce sweetgrass objects that exemplified the space-time continuum of the fourth dimension. The patterns and configurations of Ford's work are greatly influenced by Gestalt psychology, spatial dimensions and shadow resulting from direct light. Most recently exhibited at the Gibbes Museum of Art, Grass in Motion will be featured in Brookgreen’s Wall Lowcountry Center beginning January 9.
Wild World: 200 Years of Nature in Art
February 27 – May 23
Wild World: 200 Years of Nature in Art is the inaugural exhibition in the new Rosen Galleries. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures, etchings, lithographs and drawings by great 19th, 20th and 21st-century artists in the fields of botanical and zoological illustration. Sporting art and other fine art depicting the purposes of Brookgreen Gardens—sculpture, plants, animals and history—are also included in this exhibition.
For more information about these special exhibitions, visit www.brookgreen.org.