Exhibition Explores Life and Art of Hale Woodruff

Hale A. Woodfuff, circa 1927

Hale A. Woodfuff, circa 1927

In 1938, Hale Woodruff began research on what would become one of his most well-known works of art — a three-panel mural on the Amistad Mutiny that was commissioned by Talladega College in Alabama. For years, the mural resided in Talladega’s Savery Library, but is now on a national tour after being professionally conserved. The next stop on the tour is the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), which will display “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College” from May 16 to September 14, 2014.

 The Amistad Research Center’s archival collections contain not only primary source records related to the Amistad Case, but the personal papers of Hale Woodruff, as well. The Center is proud to announce it’s exhibition “Rising Up II: The Life and Work of Hale Woodruff” which is currently on display now through August 29th. Through letters, photographs, Woodruff’s writings, and material related to his teaching career, the life and influence of one of America’s outstanding artists of the twentieth century is examined.

Amistad invites visitors to view the Woodruff materials on display at Amistad, as well as the Talladega Murals at NOMA. Information and a checklist for Amistad’s exhibition is available on its website. More information on the mural exhibition can be found at NOMA’s website, as well as the website for the High Museum of Art, which is sponsoring the traveling exhibition.

Posted by Christopher Harter

(Image from the Hale A. Woodruff papers. May not be reproduced without permission)


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