Once celebrated as “the Queen of the South,” Charleston, South Carolina, was left devastated by the Civil War–a faded reflection of its antebellum glory. For 50 years following the war, the city struggled to overcome economic and cultural stagnation. Then in 1915, a group of artists and writers rediscovered the City’s innate beauty and artistic possibilities, fueling an extraordinary cultural and economic revival. This presentation will explore the art of the Charleston Renaissance and its role in transforming a depressed southern capital into one of the world’s premier, tourist destinations.
All Things Southern: The Charleston Renaissance and the Revival of Southern Art