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Bennett, Mary Jane. (b. Mt. Pleasant, SC, 1927; active Mt. Pleasant, SC, 1990)
 

Bibliography and Exhibitions

MONOGRAPHS AND SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

GENERAL BOOKS AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

COAKLEY, JOYCE V.
Sweetgrass Baskets and the Gullah Tradition.
Charleston (SC): Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
128 pp., b&w illus. A rambling and random history of the black community in Mount Pleasant and around Savannah by one of its own members. Most notable, however, for its gathering of historic photos, not for any real information on basketmakers and their work. Lists 49 contemporary and recently deceased artists whose work presumably contributed to this study, most of whom are barely mentioned in the text. Mentions Mary Jane Coakley (who did the first sweetgrass basket exhibition at the White House), Rosa G. Coakley, Henry J. Foreman, Edna Rouse and Wilhelmina Seabrook, Elizabeth Seabrook Coakley, Mary Jane Bennett; Mariah Campbell, Janie Campbell Mazyck (1905-), Adline McCall Dingle, and dozens more. [Also includes a section on the history of the "flower ladies" and their political struggles as black street vendors in white Charleston from the early 20th century through the 1970s.] 4to (11 x 9.5 in.), wraps.

COLUMBIA (SC). Columbia Museum of Art.
Southern Women Artists.
September 2-November 11, 1990.
36 pp. exhib. cat., biogs., illus., checklist. Introduction by Lin Nelson-Mayson; text by Lisa Ray. Artists included: Emma Amos, Trena Banks, basket maker Mary Jane Bennett, Betty Blayton Taylor, Elizabeth Catlett, Maggie Manigault.