ART TALK: Glenna Barlow on Thomas Day

Posted on: March 19th, 2024
July 11, 2024 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Angie King
ART TALK: Glenna Barlow on Thomas Day

Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm

Join us for a look at the fascinating story of Thomas Day. A free Black craftsman in the antebellum South, Day became the most prominent furniture maker in North Carolina in the years leading up to the Civil War. Columbia Museum of Art Curator of Education Glenna Barlow will allow us to learn about Day’s life, craft, and legacy as we examine this extraordinary bureau along with his many other contributions to Southern cabinetry and architecture.

Glenna Barlow has been at CMA for nine years, where she currently serves as the Curator of Education. She holds an M.S. in Education from the University of Mary Washington as well as an M.A. in Art History from Virginia Commonwealth University. Now in her second decade as a museum educator and interpreter, she has researched and written on varied topics ranging from Tang Dynasty ceramics to Auguste Rodin and M.C. Escher. Most recently, she curated the CMA’s first exhibition of Islamic art, Reverent Ornament.

SPOTLIGHT: Thomas Day runs through August 11, 2024, and is part of our multi-year exhibition program SPOTLIGHT.  This is one in a series of American art exhibitions created through a multi-year, multi-institutional partnership formed by the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art as part of the Art Bridges Cohort Program.