Georgia Museum of Art Presents The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art

. March 10, 2011 . 0 Comments

The Georgia Museum of Art presents Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art on view through MARCH 28, 2011.


The Georgia Museum of Art

Seventy-two works by 67 black artists who typically have not been recognized in the traditional narratives of African American art make up “Tradition Redefined,” an exhibition organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. Larry and Brenda Thompson have collected the work of both celebrated artists and work by artists who have been considered emerging, regional or lesser known, and the strength of their collecting process lies in their considered attention to artists who have typically not been recognized in the traditional narratives of African American artists. The result is a collection that offers a more in-depth, inclusive understanding of African American artists and their aesthetic and social concerns.

Organized by the David C. Driskell Center’s curator in residence, Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, “Tradition Redefined” features works from the 1890s to 2007 and displays images and three-dimensional work by artists including Amiri Baraka, Romare Bearden, Camille Billops, Joseph Delaney, Norman Lewis, Charles E. Porter, William T. Williams and Hale Woodruff. The companion catalogue, which includes artist biographies, and essays by Brenda Thompson and Professor M. Akua Daniel (chair of the department of art at Spelman College, Atlanta), illustrates all 72 works in full color and will be available for sale in the Museum Shop.

The David C. Driskell Center celebrates the legacy of David C. Driskell—distinguished university professor emeritus of art, artist, art historian, collector and curator—by preserving the rich heritage of African American visual art and culture. Established in 2001, the center provides an intellectual home for artists, museum professionals, art administrators and scholars of color, broadening the field of African diasporic studies. The Driskell Center is committed to preserving, documenting and presenting African American art, as well as replenishing and expanding the field of African American art.

The Georgia Museum of Art shares the mission of the University of Georgia to support and to promote teaching, research, and service. Specifically, as a repository and educational instrument of the visual arts, the museum exists to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret significant works of art.

The Georgia Museum of Art is both a university museum under the aegis of the University of Georgia and, since 1982, the official state museum of art. Located on the East Campus of UGA, in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex, it opened in 1948

Georgia Museum of Art 286 Oconee Street, Ste. 200N Athens, Georgia 30602-1999 (706) 542-8083 Fax (706) 542-3939

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