Beauty in a War Town World: The Woman Who Made It Happen-Exhibit Tour and Talk
03/21/2017, 10:30 AM to Noon
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Dr. Sarah Wilkerson Freeman will focus on the woman who made the Faris photographs possible, Memphis artist Floy Hanson. Freeman will discuss why Hanson felt compelled to go to the Jerome, Arkansas, camp in 1943, then to bring Henry Sugimoto out of the camp to exhibit his paintings of life behind barbed wire. The talk will include significant discussion of Hanson, who studied under Arthur Dow, a leader in the pre-World War I Arts and Crafts movement. She traveled to Asia to study in the midst of the 1920s and 1930s wars in that region. Recently-discovered pieces of Hanson’s work feature bountiful botanical themes and demonstrate the influence of Japanese art and culture. During their travels around the world, Floy Hanson and Jessie Clough created an extraordinary collection of artistically-crafted materials, including jewelry, fabric, wood carvings, lacquer work, bead work, and more. Hanson's gift of the collection inspired the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes. This talk coincides with Women's History Month, and speaks to the significance of women in history, from the local to the international level.