Monday, February 25, 2019

Gibbes Museum highlights the work of African-American artists with new exhibition

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 2:30 PM

click to enlarge "Onk Sam" by Sam Doyle. - PROVIDED
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  • "Onk Sam" by Sam Doyle.
This month the Gibbes Museum of Art launches a new exhibit, New Acquisitions: Featuring Works by African American Artists, which highlights a selection of works by African-American artists acquired by the Gibbes for its permanent collection over the last 10 years. The exhibit will be on display through June 16, 2019.

The exhibition reflects on the Gibbes' collecting efforts since the opening of Prop Master: An Installation by Juan Logan and Susan Harbage Page in 2009, a provocative installation that was designed to highlight the role the institution of museums play in shaping social norms.

Since the close of that 2009 exhibition, the Gibbes' has added 28 new works by African-American artists including David Driskell, Sam Doyle, Leo Twiggs, Kara Walker, and Mary Jackson.

In May the Gibbes presents another African-American centric exhibition, Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem, a traveling exhibition that includes nearly a century of works by artists of African descent.

If you can't make it to the Gibbes, be sure to swing by new Broad Street spot, Neema Gallery, which focuses on the work of South Carolina-based African-American artists. You can also see locally created African-American work at the City Market, and by heading to Jonathan Green's studio at 164 Market St.

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