As part of the Museum’s 50th Anniversary celebration, the exhibition Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings is being displayed publicly for the first time since the 1960s. The exhibition, on view October 7, 2011 through January 8, 2012, features 42 paintings and watercolors inspired by Savage’s trips to the Everglades. The Cummer purchased the collection in 2007, after former trustee Samuel Vickers introduced Savage’s work to the Museum. Savage’s series is the most extensive painted record of the Florida Seminoles from the early twentieth century.
In his work, Savage found a new way to express himself. He found a way to depict native culture as well as critique modern urban life. The natural rhythms of the Everglades are portrayed, which presents a vision of Seminole life. While certainly not documentary in nature, Savage’s abstracted compositions evoke mystery and imagination. Our hope is to have visitors be enthralled by the work of Eugene Savage, and his magical recollections of the Seminoles and the Florida Everglades.
Visitors can learn more about Savage and his work in the book, Eugene Savage: The Seminole Paintings written by guest curator Dr. Elizabeth B. Heuer, Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of North Florida. The book is available at The Cummer Store for $12.95 and is published by The Cummer in association with D Giles Limited, London. In addition to the book, there will be a family guide offered for the exhibition. A podcast will also be available to listen to in the galleries, which features a Seminole Tribal member telling traditional tales of animals of the Everglades.