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Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross

February 10 – June 3, 2018

Superheroes are a part of our daily lives. They engage our imaginations on the pages of comic books, television and movie screens, as well as on the Broadway stage and in the virtual world of gaming.

Since their introduction in the late 1930s, superheroes have been powerful role models, inspirational and enviable. Based on mythological archetypes, they reflect, respond to, and offer ways to navigate the twists and turns of modern life.

In the Spring of 2018, superheroes will descend upon the Upstate of South Carolina as the Upcountry History Museum explores the world of superheroes and superstars through a special exhibition from the Norman Rockwell Museum. Superheroes and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross includes over 100 pieces of original artwork; including paintings, sketches, and models created by Alex Ross, one of the greatest artists in the field of comic books.

With brilliant use of watercolor, Ross has spent most of his career revitalizing classic superheroes into works of fine art. His breakthrough work on Marvel Comics in 1994 propelled him into comic book superstardom at the age of 24. Ross’s paintings revolutionized the comic book industry and transcended the newsstand origins of his profession.

Captain America, Superman, Spiderman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Avengers and many more will come to life on the walls of the Museum. Popular culture icons, such as the Beatles, Star Wars, Monty Python, and Flash Gordon have also been drawn by Ross and are included in the exhibition.

Through the works of Alex Ross, visitors both young and old will be led on the journey of a superhero, including the moment in which we are all called to the adventure.

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The Power of Children: Making a Difference

April 7 – May 23, 2018

The Upcountry History Museum is proud to host The Power of Children – Making a Difference, a traveling exhibition from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibition aspires to show the power that words, action, and voice can have even when we are faced with hatred, racism, and discrimination.

 

A most timely project, designed for a broad audience, this major exhibition tells the story of three amazing young people – Anne Frank, Ruby Bridges and Ryan White – who endured so much at a young age, but didn’t let discrimination and hate define them.that words, action, and voice can have even when we are faced with hatred, racism, and discrimination.

What defined them was their courage and resilience. Whether it was Frank chronicling her years in hiding during the Holocaust; or Bridges enduring horrific racism just to get to school; or White bravely facing taunts and other cruelty while fighting AIDS – these stories underscore the bravery found in children.

 

The narrative thread through all of the stories is empathy, history, and being kind to one another. Through audio-visual presentations, original artifacts, and hands-on interactives, visitors will get to know each child’s story. Immersive environments will invite visitors into the spaces where each child felt safe: the Secret Annex where Anne Frank and her family spent two years in hiding; the first-grade classroom in which Ruby Bridges spent an entire school year alone with her teacher Mrs. Henry; and Ryan White’s bedroom, filled with the things he treasured.

The exhibit, which chronicles their lives, is not only about their individual stories; it is also about the challenges faced by today’s children, things like bullying and standing up for another person or cause, even when it’s not the easiest thing to do. Intertwining the past with the present, visitors are challenged to reflect and find ways that they can make a difference.

This powerful project encourages children and adults to explore problems of isolation, fear, and prejudice, by giving a personal face to three major issues of the 20th century: the Holocaust, the Civil Rights movement, and the AIDS epidemic. Focusing on how individuals faced these issues and highlighting the impact of each child, the exhibition shows how – even in the face of overwhelming circumstances – a single person can make a positive difference.

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Back Where I Come From: The Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues

Back Where I Come From, the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University’s newest upcoming, semi-permanent exhibition will take visitors on an enlightening experience through the roots and evolution of the Upcountry South Carolina’s blues history.

Through an in-house exhibition, diverse programming, and musical performances, the project will explore the history of the Upcountry’s Piedmont Blues, including its origins, its unique style, and the musicians who created a musical legacy.

The project will include archival materials, oral histories, and historic film footage that embody the unique style, sound, stories, and emotions associated with the Upcountry’s blues. Together, these engaging experiences will preserve and disseminate the legacy of the Piedmont Blues while introducing diverse audiences to this enriching genre.

Piedmont Blues, also known as East Coast Blues, resulted from a unique guitar finger-picking method. Compared to the Delta Blues, which is purely rooted in African culture, the Piedmont Blues in the Carolinas and Georgia has more diverse elements. This characteristic was a result of white gospel, ragtime, country, and pop music influences that allowed Piedmont Blues artists to display greater instrumental range compared to their Delta counterparts.

The Upcountry South Carolina served as a hub for Piedmont Blues pioneers. Back Where I Come From will spotlight these early blues vanguards including: Josh White, the Reverend Gary Davis, Pinkney “Pink” Anderson, Arthur “Peg Leg Sam” Jackson, “Blind Willie” Walker and Charles Henry “Baby” Tate, who created a musical movement, inspired future musicians, influenced rock ‘n’ roll, and called the Upcountry South Carolina home.

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See an article about the exhibit here!


Upcoming Exhibits

Once Upon a Time: Exploring the World of Fair Tales

June 2 – September 9, 2018

Long before books were made, people told stories. They told them to one another and to the children as they sat before the fire. Many of these stories were about interesting people, but most of them were about the ways of fairies and giants.

Children and adults will step inside beloved stories from around the world when the Upcountry History Museum presents Once Upon A Time…Exploring the World of Fairy Tales.

The bilingual exhibition (English and Spanish) is a unique and educational experience that emphasizes the importance of reading and the significance of fairy tales throughout history. From an African jungle to a giant’s castle, visitors explore larger-than-life pages of seven of the world’s most famous fairy tales: Anansi and the Talking Melon (Ghana), Beauty and the Beast (France), Jack and the Beanstalk (England), Cinderella (France, China), Thumbelina(Denmark), The Elves and the Shoemaker (Germany), and Lon Po Po (aka: Little Red Riding
Hood, China).

Entering the exhibit via a magical portal, visitors will be surrounded by an enchanting storybook kingdom. Each tale is brought to life through its own large-scale environment, interactive components, and costumes.

Immersed in literature and story-telling, guests are encouraged to discover the meaning and history of tales they’ve known all their lives, as well as ones that may be new to them. Whether they crawl through the mole’s 8-foot tunnel like Thumbelina, ride in the pumpkin coach like Cinderella, or climb a magical beanstalk like Jack from Jack and the Beanstalk, children will discover the underlying meaning of each story and experience the story’s plot in the shoes of their favorite characters.

The project’s primary goals are: to awaken the power of imagination and creative thinking in children, to satisfy the play-spirit of childhood, to encourage reading aloud to children, to encourage a love of reading in children, to impart historical information, to encourage multi-generation storytelling, and to explore cultural diversity.

With seven storybook settings designed for children ages 3-10 years old and their caregivers, Once Upon A Time will take traditional story time to a new interactive level. The result is a three-dimensional, fully developed world that resonates with young visitors, while still appealing to the grown-ups in their lives who are just as fond of the beloved stories that were a major part of their own childhood.


Call of Loan or Donation of Objects

Do you have a treasure in your attic? The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University is actively collecting artifacts related to the history of the Upcountry and upcoming special exhibitions. Please contact the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University regarding the possible loan or donation of objects and memorabilia via email at info@upcountryhistory.org.