The works of more than 50 African-American artists from the late 1800s to the present will be on view at the Amon Carter Museum from July 25 through August 23, 2009, in the special exhibition The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper. The Kelley collection is one of the most esteemed private collections of African-American art, and the special exhibition features more than 90 works on paper by artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Alison Saar and Charles White.
Admission is free to all special exhibitions at the Amon Carter Museum.
Two significant eras are the focus of the exhibition: the 1930s and 1940s, a period which saw the birth of African-American regionalism, and the 1960s and 1970s, which saw the rise of politically motivated and African-inspired themes; subjects range from racism and its related hardships to family, music and religion.
The Kelleys have been collecting art since the mid-1980s, when they saw the exhibition Hidden Heritage: Afro-American Art, 1800–1950 at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Realizing they did not recognize any of the artists’ names, they vowed to educate themselves about this aspect of their heritage and built a collection to advance the legacy of African-American art.
Concurrent to this exhibition, the one-gallery exhibition African-American Art: Selections from the Amon Carter Museum’s Collection is on view. This exhibition showcases some of the museum’s landmark prints and drawings from the same era as those in the Kelley show. Artists featured include Charles Alston, Grafton Tyler Brown, Elizabeth Catlett, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, William E. Smith, Dox Thrash, Charles White and John Wilson.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California. African-American Art: Selections from the Amon Carter Museum’s Collection was organized by the Amon Carter Museum.
Public Programs: Admission is free.
Connect to the exhibition The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper and the Carter’s permanent collection during this inspiring vocal concert by one of Fort Worth’s favorite music ensembles. The performance features music from the late 1800s into the 20th century and works of art by more than 50 African-American artists.
Reservations are required as seating is limited. Please call 817.989.5030 to register; confirmation will be sent.
Sunday, August 9, 1–4 p.m.
What a Wonderful World
Through looking and art-making activities, discover how artworks share stories, connect communities, and inspire our imaginations. Artworks by African-American artists in The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art: Works on Paper exhibition and the Carter’s permanent collection will be featured during this fun-filled family day. Family Fundays are made possible by Alcon.
Free public tours for this special exhibition occur at 3:30 p.m. Thursday through Sunday. No reservations are required.