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Bearing Witness: Contemporary Works by African American Women Artists

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To commemorate the opening of their new museum, Spelman College presents an unprecedented exhibition of the work of contemporary African American women artists.

Twenty-five of the most outstanding African American women artists have contributed their work to the exhibition "Bearing Witness," celebrating the opening of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the 115th anniversary of the college. Works in all mediums are included ...
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176 pp., illus. (some col.), biblio., index; 29 cm. Catalogue of an exhibition held at Fort Wayne Museum of Art February 1-March 30, 1997. BRAND NEW. Contents: The visual ... education of Spelman women / M. Akua McDaniel -- Passages / Jontyle Theresa Robinson -- Warrior women / Beverly Guy-Sheftall --Triumphant determination / Tritobia Benjamin -- African American women in the arts / Lowery Sims -- Hagar's daughters / Judith Wilson. Read more Show Less

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Overview

To commemorate the opening of their new museum, Spelman College presents an unprecedented exhibition of the work of contemporary African American women artists.

Twenty-five of the most outstanding African American women artists have contributed their work to the exhibition "Bearing Witness," celebrating the opening of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the 115th anniversary of the college. Works in all mediums are included here--paintings, sculptures, fiber art, mixed mediums, and prints--created by some of today's most exceptional artists, among them Lorna Simpson, Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, and Betye Saar.

Because of its history as the first institution of higher learning for black women, Spelman has become a Mecca, a true wellspring of strength and sustenance for African American women. It is only fitting that these artists gather to honor Spelman College, which has long nurtured the creative and educational vision of black women.

The arts have always held a central place at Spelman. The college has an impressive fine arts tradition that began with the assemblage of one of the first college-held collections of works by black artists. The tradition continues with the opening of the college's new Museum of Fine Art, the centerpiece of the new Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center. The museum's 4,500 square feet of exhibition space is designed to house the college's internationally recognized collection of paintings, prints, and photographs, as well as an impressive grouping of African sculptures and textiles. The museum also includes a conservatory, one of the few in the country devoted to preserving African American artworks.

With thefounding of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the college has made certain that the arts will continue to play an integral part in the education of African American women well into the next century.
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Atlanta's Spelman College commemorates 115 years of educating black women and the opening of its Museum of Fine Arts with this catalog for a traveling exhibition of masterworks in every medium by living African American women. From Faith Ringgold and Betye and Alison Saar to Lorna Simpson and Carrie Mae Weems, the 25 artists are as notable as the catalog's nine contributors. Maya Angelou's foreword is followed by essays addressing the often-overlooked influence of African American women artists on the nation's aesthetics and cultural history by prominent curators and academics. Disappointingly, color reproductions are generally small and used sparingly, but overall, this slender volume packs a major wallop and is recommended for art and academic collections.Russell T. Clement, Univ. of Tennessee Lib., Knoxville
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780847819638
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Publication date: 7/22/1996
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9
Foreword 11
The Visual Education of Spelman Women 12
Passages: A Curatorial Viewpoint 15
Warrior Women: Art as Resistance 39
Triumphant Determination: The Legacy of African American Women Artists 49
African American Women Artists: Into the Twenty-First Century 83
Hagar's Daughters: Social History, Cultural Heritage, and Afro-US Women's Art 95
Illustrations and Biographies 113
Afterword 161
Chronology 162
Selected Bibliography 165
List of Illustrations 172
Index 174
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