Reception and Exhibition of the Papers and Works of Elizabeth Catlett

I am pleased that my personal papers and some of my art works are permanently preserved in one of the great repositories in the United States.
—Elizabeth Catlett on the collection of her works and papers at the Amistad Research Center

Elizabeth Catlett at work in her studio, circa 1983.

Elizabeth Catlett at work in her studio, circa 1983.

As part of a New Orleans Tribute to sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), the Amistad Research Center is pleased to present a reception and one-night exhibition of Catlett’s personal papers and works of art housed at the Center. The reception will begin at 6:30 pm on Friday, October 5, 2012.

In addition to twelve works on paper and one sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett, Amistad also houses an extensive collection of her personal papers, including correspondence with fellow artists, photographs, exhibition and gallery catalogs, family papers, and more — all of which document Catlett’s career and influence in twentieth century American art.

The reception and exhibition will open a weekend commemorating the life and work of Elizabeth Catlett, including a memorial at Dillard University’s Cook Hall on Saturday, October 6 (12:00pm) and a Homecoming Celebration at Catlett’s Louis Armstrong statue in Congo Square on Sunday, October 7 (10:00am). More details on the weekend’s activities are available online.

The Amistad reception and exhibition will take place at the Center (Tilton Memorial Hall, Tulane University, 6823 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans). For more information, please call 504-862-3222 or email us at

Posted by Christopher Harter

(Image from the Elizabeth Catlett Papers, Amistad Research Center. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)


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