School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Jury Duty and Lois Mailou Jones
By: Charles Giuliano - Oct 03, 2006
Recently it was my pleasure to serve as juror for the annual exhibition of the graduate students of the School of the
In addition to judging the works strewn about on the floor of a large auditorium/gallery there was the opportunity to view the unique exhibition of a selection of works by the 1927 graduate, Lois Mailou Jones. The exhibition of gorgeous, bright, lively, jazzy designs for fabrics and prints, as well as a selection of paintings, books and works on paper "Lois Mailou Jones: The Early Works: Paintings and Patterns 1927-1937" will be on view at the school through October 14. The work is beautifully installed and there was a nice feeling to the space which included an area where one might sit and listen to vintage big band jazz and swing.
While intensely involved in the difficult process of accepting and rejecting works for an exhibition which is now on view, reception next Wednesday, October 10, 5 to 7 pm, a young woman, Maya Freelon, introduced herself and stated that she had volunteered to help. I enjoyed the company and engaged in a dialogue. Right off I asked if she found the Jones exhibition of interest. She lit up and stated that as an artist of color she knew the work from slides in courses and regarded her as an inspiration and role model. "Some of these designs sold in fashionable stores in
It is fun to share with you images of the works strewn about the floor just as I viewed and judged them. Later I will look forward to attending the opening and meeting the artists. As well as seeing the works properly installed. So I hope this display of images conveys some of the sense of that experience.