The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, September 4, 2015


"Making History: Twentieth Century African American Art" opens at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Elizabeth Catlett, “In Harriet Tubman I helped hundreds to freedom” from The Negro Woman series, 1946-47. Linocut on paper. Collection of Margaret and John Gottwald. Art © Elizabeth Catlett/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY.
RICHMOND, VA.- Making History: Twentieth Century African American Art offers a fascinating glimpse at artistic production and patronage associated with the renowned Barnett Aden Gallery, operating in Washington, D.C., from 1943 to 1969. Opening March 31 and running through June 10, the exhibition features more than 50 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by 23 artists. It includes the work of celebrated artists such as Richmond Barthé, David Driskell, Norman Lewis, Charles White, and Hale Woodruff, among others. A cross-section of art by the internationally acclaimed Elizabeth Catlett anchors the exhibition.

The Barnett Aden Gallery – founded and managed by Professor James V. Herring and Curator Alonzo J. Aden of Howard University – provided crucial exhibition opportunities for emerging black artists at mid-century. Representing the work of white artists as well, this pioneering gallery nurtured diversity in an era of strict segregation. In place of sales commissions from exhibitors, Herring and Aden welcomed gifts of art for their personal collection. Following their deaths in the 1960s, the collection was dispersed; the majority of it is owned today by Robert L. Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). A smaller segment entered private hands and remained out of sight for nearly four decades – until its debut in this exhibition.

In recent years these exceptional artworks – in deteriorating condition and facing an uncertain future – were acquired by Margaret and John Gottwald, longtime VMFA friends and patrons. Meg Gottwald describes her unexpected stewardship of the collection as “an extraordinary combination of happenstance, providence, synchronicity, perseverance, and passion – with a little bit of midlife crisis thrown in.” Aided by her friend Diana Adams, Meg organized, researched, and oversaw the restoration of the art with care and sensitivity. Finding the works compelling – both individually and collectively – she came to believe that they should be returned to public view.

As her knowledge of the art and artists grew, Meg was inspired to complete her Master of Arts degree at Virginia Commonwealth University, writing her thesis on Catlett’s important I Am the Negro Woman linocut series (1946-1947), which figures prominently in the collection. She also brought the artworks to the attention of VMFA, along with the exciting idea that graduate students in VCU’s Art History department might curate an exhibition. Making History is the result of this innovative collaboration.

Under the direction of Dr. Margaret Lindauer, VCU associate professor and coordinator of museum studies, the exhibition and accompanying catalogue essay were developed during a fall 2011 seminar by graduate students Andrea Alvarez, Grace Astrove, Kristie Couser, Elizabeth Fuqua, and Meredith Hertel. Several VMFA staff members – including Dr. Elizabeth O’Leary, associate curator of American art and Dr. Sylvia Yount, chief curator and Louise B. and J. Harwood Cochrane curator of American art – helped facilitate exhibition planning.





Today's News

March 31, 2012

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum plays April Fools' joke on prolific forger

Christie's New York to offer the most important collection of Abstract Expressionism

Graffiti artist Banksy £400,000 triumphs as seventeen art works sell at Bonhams Urban Art Sale

Ernest Hemingway shows soft side in newly public letters at the Kennedy presidential library

Sotheby's to launch its new state-of-the art Hong Kong Gallery space on 19 May 2012

1823 William Stone printing of The Declaration of Independence could bring $250,000+ at Heritage Auctions

Titanic: The artifact exhibition opens at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan

University of Richmond Museums presents "Woman as Image: Museum Studies Seminar Exhibition"

Elizabeth Taylor's gold Cleopatra cape brings $59,375 at Heritage Auctions in Dallas

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute opens exhibition featuring photos of lesbian couples

"Making History: Twentieth Century African American Art" opens at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

New York artist Zoe Leonard transforms Camden Arts Centre into a 'camera obscura'

Antiques 'fit for royalty' to be auctioned April 14-15 at Don Presley's California gallery

Alejandro Zaera-Polo selected as the next dean of Princeton University's School of Architecture

Exhibition of new works by Agathe Snow opens at Maccarone

Exhibition by Latifa Echakhch and David Maljkovic opens at Kunsthalle Basel

"Beryl Korot: Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present" on view at bitforms gallery

What's old is new again: Original glass furnace reconstructed

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Largest outdoor museum show to attract thousands to downtown West Palm Beach

2.- Northwestern University finds unusual use of blue pigment in ancient mummy portraits

3.- The finest opal ever unearthed will be publicly displayed for the first time in Australia

4.- New scientific research dispels myths surrounding portrait by Sandro Botticelli

5.- Taiwan boy accidentally damages $1.5 million painting by Italian artist Paolo Porpora

6.- From Rolex to buttocks: Body and Freedom Festival comes to home of Swiss watch

7.- Ai Weiwei's 'Forever' to be installed outside the Gherkin as part of Sculpture in the City 2015

8.- Italian "Flowers" painting damaged in Taiwan could be a fake: Expert Sean Hu

9.- Archaeologists unearth ancient Greek palace with important archaic inscriptions near Sparta

10.- Islamic State militants blow up temple in Syria's Palmyra: Syria's antiquities chief



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez
Social Network Manager and Translator: Norma Cristina Pérez Ayala Cano
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemariasound.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site