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Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

Posted: January 09, 2015
Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

Photo: Courtesy of Philadelphia Museum of Art

When: January 10, 2015 until April 15, 2015

Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art

This exhibition highlights selections from the Museum’s exceptional holdings of African American art and celebrates the publication of a catalogue examining the breadth of these noteworthy collections. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Martin Puryear, and Carrie Mae Weems, Represent showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions. Watch the trailer for a preview.

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FEATURED EVENTS
Day of Service 
Martin Luther King, Jr., Family Celebration and Day of Service

Jan 18 and 19, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

 

Bring the whole family and enjoy art-making, family tours, and fabulous performances. On Monday, Martin Luther King Day, Jr., Day, give back to your community—create greeting cards that will be distributed by MANNA, an organization that delivers nutritious meals to those in need. Family tours and dance performances at the Museum provide inspiration on this important day.

Guest DJ Rob Base

Art After 5: Late Night Dance Party

Jan 16, 8:45 p.m.–midnight

Celebrate Represent with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base.

Inspired by Represent 200 Years of African American Art, Sound Reformation, led by Darryl Yokley, presentsPictures at an African American Exhibition. At 8:45 p.m., the vibe switches to a dance party with celebrity guest DJ Rob Base. Admission reduced to $10 after 8:00 p.m.

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ABOUT EXHIBITION

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art highlights selections from the Museum’s exceptional holdings of African American art and celebrates the publication of a catalogue examining the breadth of these noteworthy collections. With work by renowned artists such as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, and Carrie Mae Weems, the exhibition showcases a range of subjects, styles, mediums, and traditions. Since the Museum’s acquisition of Tanner’s painting The Annunciation in 1899, its collections of African American art have grown significantly, especially during the last three decades.

From compelling stories to innovative methods, Represent explores the evolving ways in which African American artists have expressed personal, political, and racial identity. It begins with rare examples of fine and decorative arts made in the 1800s by free and enslaved individuals such as a large storage jar by the accomplished potter David Drake. As access to artistic training and opportunities increased, the relationship between creative expression and identity grew more complex and nuanced. In the early twentieth century, artists like William Henry Johnson and Elizabeth Catlett embraced modernism by representing personal experiences or scenes of daily life in vibrant colors and dynamic compositions.

In the exhibition, abstract paintings and sculpture from the 1960s through the 1980s by Barbara Chase-Riboud, Martin Puryear, and others show a desire to balance cultural and artistic identities, challenging the idea that work by African Americans should be viewed in primarily racial terms. By contrast, many artists working in the 1990s and since, Glenn Ligon and Lorna Simpson among them, have used pictures and text to examine the past and make pointed statements about race. Represent culminates by stepping outside historical narrative to present an array of portraits by several generations of artists, from those active over a century ago to those making work today.

For more information, visit: http://www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/815.html