Thursday, April 26, 2012, All Day Event
“Face jug” is a term coined by decorative arts historians to refer to an African American pottery type created in the second half of the nineteenth century, in the midst of slavery, in the Edgefield District of South Carolina. The small vessel is turned stoneware with facial features—wide eyes and bared teeth—made of kaolin, a locally sourced clay. Face Jugs: Art and Ritual in 19th-Century South Carolina celebrates the aesthetic power of these vessels and explores their significance to a community that lived within challenging circumstances. The exhibition is on view through August 5, 2012.
Decorative Arts Gallery, Lower Level
Free with Museum admission