In Greenville, SC there is a hidden gem of a museum with great exhibitions and a stunning permanent collection. My visit was full of excitement as I saw some of my favorite artists on view: John Ahearn, Sam Gilliam, Beauford Delaney, Jacob Lawrence and William H, Johnson. Must-visit place! Greenville County Museum of Art
David Drake: Greenville County Museum of Art
David Drake was an enslaved potter in the 19th century whose incredible craftsmanship and literacy while enslaved rose him to fame upon discovery of his pots in the twenty-first century. Born in the Americas, Dave worked as a turner in pottery manufacturing facilities in South Carolina’s Edgefield District. Although dangerous for slaves to learn to read and write, Dave was literate and expressed his literacy inside his pots. His most famous inscription notes, “I wonder where is all my relation/friendship to all-and, every nation”. Dave’s pots can be found in the collections of many institutions.
On my trip to Greenville, SC I had the honor of viewing his pots at the Greenville County Museum of Art. Below find my shots of the installation that is a part of their permanent collection.
ARCHIBALD MOTLEY: JAZZ AGE MODERNIST
Archibald Motley was an African-American storyteller through painting of twentieth-century American life. He studied at School of the Art Chicago in 1910s and specialized in portraiture and saw it “as a means of affirming racial respect and race pride.” He is noted for his contributions to the Harlem Renaissance. His night and crowd scenes show the jazz culture influence and vivid, urban black culture. His work addressed the complexity of modern life. The exhibition “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” can be viewed at Whitney Museum of American Art through January 17, 2016.
Volta NY 2015
This past week was a huge and insanely busy weekend in the art world. One of my favorite stops was at Volta NY 2015 and wanted to share some of what I saw in the booths:
Target First Saturday: Talk | Black Artists on Social Media
Photo credit: Kimberly Drew, Photo: King Texas; Devin Kenny, Photo: Janna Ireland; Screenshot of GIF created by Sondra Perry
On first Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum do not miss the 7 pm talk led by Kim Drew, founder of the blog Black Contemporary Art (http://blackcontemporaryart.tumblr.com/), featuring Devin Kenny aka Devin KKenny (http://devinkenny.info/) and Sondra Perry (http://mothermothermother.org/) about how black artists use social media.
More details on the full programming of the February Target First Saturday at Brooklyn Museum here: http://bit.ly/1KtAMRK