Coming Home title wall image by:
Mary T. Smith (1904 or 1905-1995)
"Halleluja Lady," 1987
Paint on plywood, 23.25 x 24
Collection of Dan and Kristi Cleary
The pose of Mary T. Smith's "Halleluja Lady" who is pictured with upraised arms is known in both black and white churches. The gesture, which is sometimes identified as one of prayer, praise or supplication, appears in ancient African works of art and is also found in Western European artistic traditions going back to Early Christian times.
What is "Coming Home?"
Coming Home! Self-Taught Artists, the Bible and the American South is an exhibition of art by 70 untrained Southern artists. These works show the Bible's influence and the teachings of evangelical Protestantism, the religion most prevalent in the South.
Coming Home! demonstrates the extraordinary creativity of self-taught artists,how the Bible's influence permeates their art, and how their work relates to other forms of Southern artistic expression, such as literature and music. The exhibition is divided into 4 parts: Southern Religious Life, The Garden of Eden, The New Adam, and The New Heavens and Earth.