Our exhibitions are based on current scholarship and research, providing the university
campus and the community with engaging presentations each year. We strive to produce
exhibitions that reflect the museum’s broad, interdisciplinary approach, educating
visitors about the diversity and richness found throughout the Southeast region.
WELL SUITED: The Costumes of Alonzo V. Wilson for HBO's® Treme
through July 21, 2018, 2nd Floor, South Gallery
"Well Suited" includes costumes designed by Wilmington, North Carolina native Alonzo
V. Wilson for HBO's award-winning series Treme. The series takes its name from Tremé,
one of the oldest neighborhoods in New Orleans that continues to be an important center
of the city's African-American and Créole culture. The series begins four months
after Hurricane Katrina as the residents of New Orleans, including musicians, chefs
and Mardi Gras Indians, try to rebuild their lives, their homes and their unique culture
in the aftermath of the 2005 hurricane. This exhibition showcases nine exquisitely
crafted Mardi Gras Indian suits from Treme, and also includes Mardi Gras costumes
from select characters, as well as design sketches, film excerpts, video interviews
with cast and costumers and behind-the-scenes photography.
Nostalgia for Nature: Democratizing Decorative Arts
through June 2, 2018, 2nd floor, North Gallery
By the late nineteenth century industrialization had transformed Western society.
Dominating cities were machine-filled factories and buildings constructed in Revivalist
architectural styles. Urbanization had taken hold creating a great divide between
artists/designers and end products. Individuals looking to resist the Machine Age
created their own artistic movements, specifically the Arts and Crafts Movement and
Art Nouveau. What these styles had is common was the goal of reviving the applied
arts and making them affordable to the general public. This exhibition will feature
examples of decorative art glass and pottery, representing the two aforementioned
art movements, from the William S. Belser and Richard D. Mandell Collections at McKissick
Museum. Objects representing important individual artisans and reputable companies
such as Emile Galle,ˊ Reneˊ Lalique, Tiffany Studios, and Rookwood Pottery are included.
Fall into Sports: Fall Sports at USC
through April 7, 2018, 2nd Floor, Lobby
"Fall Into Sports" provides a glimpse into the development of the USC Fall Athletics
Programs. From basketball and football, to volleyball and swimming, this exhibition
highlights material from all 13 fall sports programs. Be sure to take a selfie with
the circa-1982 Cocky Mascot currently on display.
The Great War in the Capital City: Reflections on World War, 100 Years Later
through December 17, 2018, 3rd Floor, Lobby
Opening for the centennial of U.S. involvement in World War I, this exhibition will
discuss the importance of WWI at the University of South Carolina, as well as in the
greater Columbia community. The Great War in the Capital City explores the use of
art as propaganda, the ways in which material culture provides a glimpse into the
past, and the ethics of rewarding wartime service. The exhibition will feature items
from the collection of Army Chaplain and USC alumnus George K. Way, wartime sheet
music and posters, and various commemorative medals, among other objects.
Natural Curiosity: The University of South Carolina and the Evolution of Scientific
Inquiry in the Natural World
Ongoing, 3rd Floor, South Gallery
Humans possess a fascination with the natural world around them. We always have. From
the 32,000-year-old cave paintings of horses in France to the giraffe stickers today's
children paste into their activity books, we can see that humans are eager to see,
touch, collect, and understand nature.
This exhibition explores this curiosity about nature by asking questions about why
we collect natural specimens and artifacts, how we display them, and what they tell
us about our relationship with and obligations to the natural world. Through an examination
of approaches to building and maintaining the natural science collections at the University
of South Carolina, this exhibition also offers a glimpse of the impressive array of
specimens collected and displayed over the past 200 years for the purposes of education,
research, and even entertainment.
Swag & Tassel: The Innovative Stoneware of Thomas Chandler
August 2018, 2nd Floor, South Gallery
In August 2018, McKissick Museum will present "Swag & Tassel: The Innovative Stoneware
of Thomas Chandler", the first retrospective exhibition of a 19th century Edgefield,
SC, potter since I Made This Jar: The Life and Works of the Enslaved African-American
Potter, Dave. Building upon the research in Philip Wingard's 2014 Ceramics in America
article, "From Baltimore to the South Carolina Backcountry: Thomas Chandler's Influence
on 19th Century Stoneware," the exhibition will bring new archaeological and archival
research to bear on our understanding of the nature and scope of Chandler's technical
and aesthetic innovations within the context of mid-19th century Edgefield District
Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.