Extra Ordinary: Magic, Mystery and Imagination in American Realism
This exhibition and the publication seek to reexamine how we define magic realism and expand the canon of artists who worked within this category. It includes works by Ivan Albright, Paul Cadmus, Z. Vanessa Helder, Patsy Santo, Gertrude Abercrombie, Honoré Sharrer, Eldzier Cortor, Hughie Lee-Smith, Everett Spruce, Patrick Sullivan and many others.
The catalogue includes essays by curator Jeffrey Richmond-Moll and scholar Philip Eliasoph and catalogue entries on every work in the show by scholars including Richmond-Moll, William U. Eiland (the museum’s director), David A. Lewis (professor of art history at Stephen F. Austin State University), Maurita N. Poole (director and curator at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum) and Akela Reason (associate professor of history and director of museum studies at the University of Georgia). It illustrates every work in the exhibition full page and in full color and includes many supplementary images.