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George Valentine Dureau

By Howard Philips Smith
Foreword by Daniel Hammer
Categories: Photography

New Orleans artist George Valentine Dureau (1930–2014) has always been an enigma. His status as an important artist gained momentum beginning with his first exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art, ...

Film by Design

Edited by Gary D. Rhodes & Robert Singer
Categories: Film Studies

Contributions by Vlad Dima, Laura Hatry, Alicia Kozma, Lynette Kuliyeva, Madhuja Mukherjee, Frank Percaccio, Gary D. Rhodes, Courtney Ruffner Grieneisen, Marlisa Santos, Michael L. Shuman, and Robert ...

What Became of Dr. Smith

By Noah Saterstrom
Edited by Megan Hines
Foreword by Betsy Bradley
Categories: Art And Architecture

Artist Noah Saterstrom (b. 1974) grew up aware of a mystery in his family’s story. No living relatives knew what had happened to his great-grandfather Dr. David Lawson (D. L.) Lemmon Smith, an optometrist ...

Civic Buildings after the Spanish-American War

Following the 1898 Spanish-American War, the United States constructed federal buildings in its newly acquired territories, including Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Over a century later, many ...

American Landscapes

American Landscapes: Meditations on Art and Literature in a Changing World is a major contemporary survey of landscapes in art and literature of the United States, especially the American South. Inspired ...

Pieces of Freedom

The history of racism in America is also the history of ordinary Black Americans who accomplished extraordinary things in their pursuit of freedom. Faced with oppression throughout their journey, they ...

The Promise of Good Things

The fall and holiday season in the South are beautiful times of the year. As the sweltering heat of summer gives way to the sweetness of autumn, many feel inspired to decorate their homes for the upcoming ...

Heritage and Hoop Skirts

Winner of the 2023 John Brinckerhoff Jackson Book Prize
Winner of the 2023 UMW Center for Historic Preservation Book Prize
Winner of the 2023 Fred B. Kniffen Award from the International Society for Landscape, ...

Rugs, Guitars, and Fiddling

By Chris Goertzen
Categories: Folklore

What do exotic area rugs, handcrafted steel-string guitars, and fiddling have in common today? Many contemporary tradition bearers embrace complexity in form and content. They construct objects and performances ...

Worlds beyond My Window

Artist, columnist, and poet Gertrude McCarty Smith (1923–2007) of Collins, Mississippi, carried herself as a demure and proper southern lady, yet this was deceiving as she was a prolific, creative trailblazer ...