Auburn, AL is so fortunate to have the fabulous Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art. There is a fantastic exhibit of African American Art, Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection which is on display through March 10th. Keeping you informed of some of the wonderful events in the area is what Good News From the Plains is all about!
Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection December 10, 2011–March 10, 2012 Bill L. Harbert Gallery and Gallery C
This significant private collection of African American art includes 75 paintings, sculpture, drawings and prints by more than 30 artists, surveying a period of 150 years. Featuring works by Benny Andrews, Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Howardena Pindell, and Hale Woodruff, among others, the exhibition vividly illustrates the nature of freedom and its impediments. Until recently, art history curriculums and literature did not give adequate recognition to African American artists. Now these artists are widely acknowledged for their creativity, achievements, and considerable contributions to the history of American art.