The Johnson Collection is pleased to present “Voices in American Art,” an educational series designed to engage campus and community audiences alike on the subject of fine art in America. The second installment, scheduled for April 13–14, will feature a visit and keynote presentation by Elizabeth Pochoda, editor of The Magazine Antiques. While in Spartanburg, Ms. Pochoda will deliver a keynote address titled “Surprising Pursuits: My Life in the Arts” on Monday evening, April 13. To be held at Wofford College’s Leonard Auditorium, the 7:00 p.m. lecture is free and open to the public.
An accomplished editor, journalist, and respected cultural commentator, Ms. Pochoda is only the fifth editor in the esteemed publication’s 93-year history. During her tenure at Antiques, she has carefully safeguarded the magazine’s traditions while adding articles designed to attract new readers and collectors to the field. She also implemented a refreshed design and reinvigorated editorial coverage. Prior to her arrival at Antiques, Ms. Pochoda was the longtime arts and book editor for The Nation; held the position of executive editor of House & Garden; and was a member of the editorial team that revitalized Vanity Fair in the early 1980s. She has also served on the staffs of other leading media outlets, including the New York Post and Vogue. She holds a PhD in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from the University of Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, April 14, Ms. Pochoda will offer a master class for local college students interested in careers in the arts; “Finding My Way” will take place at TJC Gallery, located at 154 West Main Street, at 3:00 p.m.
Located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Johnson Collection offers an extensive survey of artistic activity in the American South from the late eighteenth century to the present day. Established in 2002 by Spartanburg philanthropists Susu and George Dean Johnson, Jr., the collection has grown to encompass over one thousand objects that chronicle the cultural evolution of the American South. In its November/December 2014 issue, a feature article in The Magazine Antiques lauded the Johnson Collection for “having staged a quiet art historical revolution. Through exhibitions, loans, publications, and institutional partnerships, the collection has redefined, elevated, and greatly expanded the meaning of regional.”
For more information about this event or the Johnson Collection’s other initiatives, please visit www.thejohnsoncollection.org.