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Really Free: the Radical Art of Nellie Mae Rowe

TAGS: Art Exhibit Museum Museum
Tue 11/9/2021 - Sun 1/9/2022

During the last fifteen years of her life, Nellie Mae Rowe (1900–1982) lived on Paces Ferry Road, a major thoroughfare in Vinings, Georgia, and welcomed visitors to her “Playhouse,” which she decorated with found-object installations, handmade dolls, chewing-gum sculptures, and hundreds of drawings.

Based on the High’s leading collection of Rowe’s art, Really Free is the first major exhibition of her work in more than twenty years and the first to consider her practice as a radical act of self-expression and liberation in the post-civil rights-era South. Rowe created her first works as a child in rural Fayetteville, Georgia, but only found the time and space to reclaim her artistic practice in the late 1960s, following the deaths of her second husband and her longtime employer.

Image: What it is, 1978–1982
Crayon, colored pencil, and pencil on paper
Gift of Judith Alexander, 2003.215

PriceGeneral Admission $16.50, Children under 6 & Members Free

TimeMuseum Hours

VenueHigh Museum

Address1280 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta, GA 30309 1280 Peachtree St NE Atlanta, GA 30309

Phone Number404.733.4400

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