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African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, VII

January 13 – March 4, 2000


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Artists included in this exhibition: Charles Alston, Benny Andrews, William E. Artis, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Selma Burke, Elizabeth Catlett, Eldzier Cortor, Harold Cousins, Beauford Delaney, Joseph Delaney, Palmer Hayden, Sargent Johnson, William H. Johnson, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Norman Lewis, Edward Loper, Marion Perkins, Horace Pippin, Betye Saar, Albert A. Smith, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Alma Thomas, Bob Thompson, Bill Traylor, James VanDerZee, Laura Wheeler Waring, Charles White, Ellis Wilson, and Hale Woodruff.

This is the gallery’s seventh annual exhibition in an ongoing series celebrating the vast and all too often unrecognized accomplishments of twentieth-century African-American artists. African-American Art: 20th Century Masterworks, VII presents rare, museum caliber works, many recently discovered and never before exhibited.

Historically, African-American artists have encountered a society which has relegated them to its periphery, but the tide has begun to change. In recent years, there has been a remarkable surge of exhibitions, publications, and articles which have dramatically increased exposure and with this exposure has come the possibility for long overdue recognition. Presenting more than forty historic works - paintings, drawings, photographs and sculpture - by more than thirty artists, this exhibition aspires to continue this trend toward increasing education, awareness, and much-deserved appreciation.