My Body Will Blacken: Coal, Industry, and the Miner in American Art Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia

Title: My Body Will Blacken: Coal, Industry, and the Miner in American Art Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences of West Virginia
Location: One Clay Square Charleston, West Virginia 25301 (304) 561-3500
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Description: Curated by Robert Bridges, this exhibition includes eighteen prints, drawings and paintings, and four Red Ribble panoramic coalfield photos from The Art Museum of West Virginia University, as well as six watercolors by William Scott from the Clay Center’s permanent collection. Works date from 1917 to 1951. Among the paintings and drawings are Rockwell Kent’s 1945 oil on canvas To Make Dream Homes Come True, Philip Evergood’s 1938 ink on paper The Safety Conference and Roland Schweinsburg’s 1937 oil on canvas Steel Mill. Bridges writes, “Today, the American public most likely only sees images of miners when they were associated with disasters on the evening news. This exhibition offers a broader perspective and reflects the excitement of that changing American landscape back in the early years of the industry. Mining life is presented with all of its hardships and troubles as well as the hope for and promise of better times to come.”
Start Date: 2010-05-01
End Date: 2010-06-27