The Blue Jackal Under the Tree, India
Recent work by Linda Adele Goodine
October 18, 2019 – March 14, 2020
Commons and West Wing Galleries
The Blue Jackal Under the Tree, India features a series of photographs and soundscapes derived from research done in India on a Nehru-Fulbright Fellowship by Linda Adele Goodine, the Carol Grotnes Belk Distinguished Professor in Art, School of Art and Design, East Carolina University. The project title relates to the myth of the trickster figure, the Blue Jackal, as metaphor for modern business, the caste society, and patriarchal systems that continue to rule all aspects of Indian culture. After falling into a vat of blue dye, the animal’s true nature becomes unrecognizable to the people, where he was able to present himself as a godlike ruler and live a life of luxury. When the Jackal is found out, he is destroyed. The moral of the myth is that one’s nature cannot be changed by outer appearances, just as women’s and poor people’s rights cannot be heralded by words only but must be put into action on the ground level.
Goodine chose two elements to bring with her on location, the tradition textile sari and color pigment gulal used throughout India during festivals and religious celebrations. The Blue Jackal series serves as not only a timely record of place, but as a vehicle for the exploration of rich conceptual themes connected to India’s diverse peoples and ancient traditions, especially in relation to the land, the water, and the body. Here, land use and water scarcity intersect with labor, gender, and environmental issues.
Thank you to our exhibition sponsors!
Aurelia and William Monk
Friends of the Greenville Museum of Art
Permanent Collection Galleries
Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation Gallery
The Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation gallery features rotating works purchased for the Museum by the foundation. Rachel Maxwell Moore was a leading civic figure and arts advocate in Greenville. and was central to the founding of the Museum’s predecessor in 1939. She established the Rachel Maxwell Moore Art Foundation in 1963, and before she passed away in 1964, bequeathed funds to the foundation for the sole purpose of purchasing works of art for the Museum’s permanent collection.
Kenneth Noland Gallery
The Kenneth Noland Gallery celebrates the art and legacy of Black Mountain College, an innovative liberal arts college that operated between 1933 and 1957. Kenneth Noland, born in Asheville in 1924, attended Black Mountain College on the G. I. Bill from 1946 to 1948. He studied under Josef Albers and Ilya Bolotowsky, who introduced him to the work of artists interested in geometry and color.
Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee Gallery
The Francis Speight and Sarah Blakeslee Gallery is dedicated to the work of these two artists. Speight was born in Bertie County, North Carolina, and moved back to Greenville to teach at East Carolina University after spending a majority of his career at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Blakeslee was born in Illinois and met Speight at the Academy as a student. The couple lived outside of Philadelphia until moving to Greenville in 1961.
North Carolina Pottery
The Greenville Museum of Art has a strong collection of North Carolina pottery, and especially from Jugtown Pottery in Seagrove, North Carolina. Jugtown Pottery was opened by Jacques and Juliana Busbee in 1921. They were influential at Jugtown and elsewhere in Seagrove by introducing local North Carolina potters to international ceramic styles and glazes. Much of our pottery collection was given to the Museum by Mrs. Lindsay Savage in 1948 and Dr. James H. Stewart in the 1980s.