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Expanding Tradition: Selections from the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection

January 28, 2017 - May 07, 2017
Virginia and Alfred Kennedy and Philip Henry Alston Jr. Galleries

This exhibition showcases over 50 works by artists in the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection of African American Art. In addition, it celebrates the inception of the Thompsons’ endowed curatorship, currently held by Dr. Shawnya L. Harris. The Thompsons donated 100 works of art to the Georgia Museum of Art in 2012, and this exhibition provides an overview of certain aspects of the Thompsons’ commitment to art collecting over the last several decades in tandem with discussions about the shifting artistic and political landscape for African American artists found in their collection. Artists include Amalia Amaki, Kara Walker, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Hale Woodruff, Charles Ethan Porter, Norman Lewis, Stefanie Jackson, Bob Blackburn, Archibald Motley, Howardena Pindell and Mildred Thompson.

Image: Freddie Styles (American, b. 1944), "Working Roots Series #10" (detail), 1987. Acrylic on canvas, 58 x 96 inches. Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Collection of African American Art.

Curator

Shawnya Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art

Sponsors

The W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art