A CINEMATIC SOUTH
"The past is never dead. It's not even past." - William Faulkner
Rebekah Jacob has mined and curated Southern gems--on exhibit this summer at her eponymous gallery in Charleston, South Carolina. These rare, exquisite masterpieces exemplify Southern photography at its best, ranging from the Depression-era to the Civil Rights -era to contemporary. "Selected top-tier inventory is a must-see for all Southern art lovers and covet-worthy for any collector," says Jacob.
Roll, Jordan, Roll: Doris Ulmann's photographic collaboration with Julia Peterkin is at the heart of the exhibit. The book focuses on the lives of former slaves and their descendants on a plantation in the Gullah coastal region of South Carolina. Peterkin, a popular novelist who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1929, was born in South Carolina and raised by a black nursemaid who taught her the Gullah dialect before she learned standard English. She married the heir to Lang Syne, one of the state's richest plantations, which became the setting for Roll, Jordan, Roll. Ulmann's soft-focus photos-rendered as tactile as charcoal drawings in the superb gravure reproductions.
Selected works acquired by Eudora Welty grace the walls, exemplifying life in Mississippi in the early 20th century. The black and white images capture Mississippi scenes and its people, emblems of folklife, carnival signs and performers. "Ms. Welty's works are challenging to mine due to their rarity. Accessibility to these rare gems is a dealer's stroke of luck. It is never difficult to find a buyer, as they are standing in line..." says Jacob.
Bruce Roberts has captured some of the most prominent moments in the American South, particularly in rural North Carolina. In black and white photographs, printed by his own hand, he has documented dwellers on farms. Roberts divides his oeuvre into four geographic regions of North Carolina: the people and places of the Outer Banks, the East, the Piedmont and the mountains.
Bill Steber has documented blues culture in Mississippi for the last 20 years, chronicling the state’s blues musicians, juke joints, churches, river baptisms, hoodoo practitioners, traditional farming methods, folk traditions and other significant traditions that gave birth to or influenced the blues. The work is gathered in his exhibit “Stones in my Pathway” as well as in the pages of Living Blues magazine and other publications.
By invitation only: Join other art lovers flocking to Charleston this summer on June 28th, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM to celebrate culture below the Mason Dixon.
49 John Street, Charleston, SC 29403