Celebrate African American art at the VMFA

March 7, 2012 by  

The exhibit Making History: 20th Century African American Art will be showing at the Virginia Museum of the Fine Arts’ Focus Galleries from March 31 to June 10. Admission is free. The museum is open from Saturday to Wednesday from 10 am-5 pm and Thursday and Friday from 10 am-9 pm.

This is an exhibit organized by the museum and by students from Virginia Commonwealth University’s museum studies graduate program. It features 50 works by 23 well-known and lesser-known artists such as Elizabeth Catlett and Lloyd McNeill; several of the artists were affiliated with the Barnett Aden Gallery. The featured works in the exhibit are from the collection of Margaret and John Gottwald and consist of sculptures, paintings, and works on paper.

In conjunction with the Making History exhibit a workshop entitled “How…do you make a print?” will be held on April 20 from 2-3 pm. It is a free workshop hosted by Mary Holland and will feature a relief printmaking demonstration followed by a tour of the Making History exhibit. This would be a helpful workshop for those who already work in Richmond printing companies and wish to learn the history of printmaking or the individual who has an interest in the history of print.

Many African American artists seem to have been forgotten and don’t always get the same attention as artists such as Andy Warhol, Georgia O’Keefe or Jackson Pollock. It is important that we be exposed to those overlooked artists whose artistic talent is often as good as or greater than those who are more celebrated.