Beyond the Blues: An Art Exhibition at the New Orleans Museum of Art

 

The Amistad Research Center in partnership with the New Orleans Museum of Art will present Beyond the Blues:  Reflections on African America from the Fine Arts Collection of the Amistad Research Center from April 11 through July 11, 2010.

This multifaceted project illuminates the contributions of African American artists over the past 125 years with over 150 paintings, works on paper, sculpture and other media.  The exhibition is augmented by pertinent selections from the personal papers of the artists held at the Amistad Research Center.  The manuscripts component of the exhibition facilitates a deep contextualization of the artists’ lives and their work, offering a perspective rarely seen in a museum setting.

The Center’s art collection is best known for its works by Harlem Renaissance artists, and works by such luminaries as William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Sargent Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Romare Bearden, Richmond Barthe, Hale Woodruff, Aaron Douglas, and Ellis Wilson are a concerstone of this project.  However, the contributions of African American artists extend far beyond this glorious period.  Thus, important late 19th and early 20th century artists such as Edward Bannister and Henry O. Tanner, as well as those whose careers occurred in later decades, such as Selma Burke, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, John T. Scott, and Jeffrey Cook, among others, are featured in this exhibition.

After its closing, the exhibition will travel to selected venues throughout the United States.

The official website of the exhibition includes artist biographies, selections, and further details regarding the exhibition and pulic programming.

New Orleans Museum of Art

Admission:  Wednesdays are free for all museum visitors.
Louisiana residents with valid photo identification:  Adults, $8; Seniors (65 and up), $7; Children 3-17, $4; Children under 3, free.
Out-of-state visitors:  Adults, $10; Seniors (65 and up), $9; Children 3-17, $5; Children under 3, free.

Hours:  Wednesdays: 12-8pm; Thursdays to Sundays: 10am-5pm.  The New Orleans Museum of Art is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Posted by Andrew Salinas

1st image:  Aaron Douglas’ Portrait of a Lady
2nd image:  Richmond Barthe’s Shoeshine Boy
3rd image:  Edward Bannister’s Cows in Landscape

(Images from the art collection of the Amistad Research Center and may not be reproduced without explicit permission.)

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