January 15, 2003

Black Art For Black History

African-American Artists, 1929–1945: Prints, Drawings, and Paintings in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

January 15, 2003–May 4, 2003

The Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Gallery, Lila Acheson Wallace Wing, Modern Art, 1st floor

More than 70 works by African-American artists—drawn exclusively from the collection of the Metropolitan—include prints by Robert Blackburn, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Raymond Steth, and Dox Thrash, among others, as well as paintings and watercolors by Jacob Lawrence, Joseph Delaney, Lois Mailou Jones, Horace Pippin, Romare Bearden, Samuel Joseph Brown, Palmer Hayden, and Bill Traylor. Focusing on the years 1929–45, the selection reflects aspects of daily life for African Americans during the latter part of the Harlem Renaissance, the Depression and New Deal era, and World War II.

Believe it or not, I've never been to the Met. I worked at the Guggenheim for two stints, could have gotten in for free (well, I still can for next to nothing — you do know that you can pay whatever you like to enter, right?) and use to always frolic nearby. I'm planning to see the above exhibition with my baby and a certain someone during Black History Month, if not sooner.

We definitely have to also check out the latter item:

The Metropolitan is collaborating on related educational programs with The Studio Museum in Harlem, which is simultaneously mounting an exhibition titled Challenge of the Modern: African-American Artists 1925–1945 on view from January 23 through March 30.

I haven't been to the Studio since last summer's BEA and I've neglected the culture there for some time.
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Posted by ronn at January 15, 2003 09:40 AM

I wanna go!!! I wanna go!!! Posted by: j-notes on January 15, 2003 07:12 PM
Come on then. The more, the merrier. [Hmm, group visit anyone?] Posted by: ronn on January 16, 2003 11:32 AM