Thursday, October 3, 2013

Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art






Via The Tampa Bay Newspapers
October 1, 2013


 Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art from the Bank of America Collection is the largest exhibition of African American art ever presented at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg.

More than 90 paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed-media works by 36 accomplished artists will be on view from Saturday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014.

"Photographers and TV cameramen brought the Civil Rights Movement into our homes, mobilizing action and change. Memphis-based Ernest C. Withers was called “the official photographer of the Civil Rights Movement.” Six images from his famous I Am A Man portfolio document pivotal moments in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the struggle as a whole. They are especially moving as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream’” speech."

More here.



Related Exhibition: Ernest C. Withers: A Life's Work