In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Art in the Atrium, New Jerseys premier annual African-American fine art show, partnered with the Morris Museum
to present the Celebrating Our Legacy exhibition and opening reception. The exhibition, which features the work of Abstract Expressionist artist Norman Lewis and twenty-nine other African-American artists, will be on view from January 13 through March 18, 2012. The guest curator for the exhibition is Tarin M. Fuller. A lecture series is also scheduled. A catalog for the exhibition will be available at the Museum Shop.
Art in the Atrium
Art in the Atrium, Inc. (ATA) is a non-profit arts organization located in Morris County, New Jersey, that showcases fine art by established and emerging African-American artists through an annual exhibition, the largest of its kind in New Jersey. ATAs mission is to increase community understanding and awareness of African-American art and artists.
Norman Lewis (1909 1979)
Norman Wilfred Lewis was born in Harlem, New York, to Bermudian immigrant parents. A skilled painter, sculptor, tailor, pianist, dancer, puppeteer, and educator with a passion for drafting, calligraphy and needlepoint, Lewis was the first major African-American member of the art movement known as Abstract Expressionism. As such, he occupies a unique position in the canon of American art. Although he was active in the New York political culture for much of his life, he sought to develop an abstract painting style that transcended socio-political issues, stating, "I am not interested in an illustrative statement that merely mirrors some of the social conditions, but in my work I am looking for something of deeper artistic and philosophic content." Norman Lewis enjoyed a long and prolific career that spanned decades, achieving notable milestones and ground-breaking exhibits, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum.