American Idyll

SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, Georgia, USA
July 3 - December 30, 2018

The SCAD Museum of Art presents American Idyll, an exhibition featuring new sculptures and furniture by Wendy White and selections from the museum’s permanent collection, curated by White.

White took inspiration from Andy Warhol's radical 1969 exhibition Raid the Icebox, in which he was similarly tasked with selecting works from a museum's permanent collection. The resulting exhibition was a non-academic display of clusters of classical painting, Native American textiles and auction catalogs, baskets, ceramics, furniture, hat boxes, sculpture, shoes and more. Warhol’s selected items were exhibited exactly as they were seen in storage on shelves or clustered in non-hierarchical groupings.

The exhibition is a tribute to the deadpan, behind-the-scenes nature of Warhol’s show that incorporates vinyl photo applications on the walls of the lobby depicting reproductions of the metal racks in the storage spaces of the museum. The photos of these racks feature a hanging of first- and second-generation Hudson River School paintings, select landscape photographs, and a Polaroid and silkscreen by Warhol depicting Uncle Sam and Sitting Bull, respectively. These works are displayed exactly as they are seen in storage and embody ideas of exploration, Americana, discovery and expansion, tying to White's inspiration for her recent work.