Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection
La Salle University Art Museum
Opening Reception, Wednesday, March 15, 5-7 pm
La Salle University Art Museum is pleased to present the exhibition Approaching Abstraction: African American Art from the Permanent Collection, on view March 15 – June 15, 2017.Our spring exhibition, highlights La Salle University Art Museum’s holdings of works by African American artists. The exhibition features 24 fine art prints, mixed media, and paintings which incorporate abstract ideas, forms, and techniques. Many of the artworks selected for this exhibition are marked by the persistence of the figural, approaching but not fully realizing abstraction. Some artists have intentionally combined both modes of artistic expression, figuration and abstraction, seeking a synthesis which retains the figure and its social implications in representing African American life. Other works suggest more symbolic connections with the past and the present, and reflect the increasing multiculturalism of American society.
The exhibition features a total of 22 artworks by both local and national African American artists, including Bernice Appelin-Williams, Romare Bearden, John Anansa Thomas Biggers, Moe Brooker, Barbara J. Bullock, Barbara Chase-Riboud, Nannette Acker Clark, Willie Cole, John E. Dowell Jr., Walter Edmonds, Allan L. Edmunds, Sam Gilliam, Theodore A. Harris, Martina Johnson-Allen, Paul F. Keene Jr., Jacob Lawrence, John Thomas Riddle Jr., Alison Saar, Charles Robert Searles, Alma Thomas, Cheryl Warrick, and Walter Williams.
In conjunction with this exhibition, La Salle University Art Museum is presenting the following public programs:
Thursday, April 6, 12:30-2 pm, Poetry reading by Yolanda Wisher, Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate 2016- 2017
Thursday, April 20, 12:30-2, “Musings in Abstraction”, by Kelli Morgan, Winston and Carolyn Lowe Curatorial Fellow, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
The La Salle University Art Museum is located on the lower level of Olney Hall on the campus of La Salle University at 19th Street and Olney Avenue. Spring semester schedule is Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.to 4 p.m. with exceptions for some University holidays. Call or check the website for hours. Admission is free, though donations are accepted. Please call to schedule group visits. Special tours can be arranged. For further information call 215.951.1221 or visit the website at http://www.lasalle.edu/museum/. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
ATTACHED IMAGE CREDIT:
Charles Robert Searles (1937 – 2004), Dancer #5, 1975, Watercolor and Ink on Paper, 24 x 18 inches, Gift of Matilda Petty, Collection of La Salle University Art Museum, Art © Searles Spicer Estate