Polk Museum of Art is proud to welcome a remarkable exhibition that celebrates the growing prominence and complexity of the field of African American art over the last six decades. “African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center” opens March 21 and will be on view through June 27.
The exhibition was 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. It honors the legacy of the 1976 exhibition “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950,” curated by Professor David C. Driskell at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
The exhibition, which features 62 works of art by 55 artists, comprises mostly works from the Driskell Center’s Permanent Art Collection. The show couples works by renowned artists such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam Gilliam with exciting new visionaries like Chakaia Booker, Lorna Simpson and Kara Walker.
The exhibition was curated by Dr. Robert E. Steele and Dorit Yaron, the David C. Driskell Center’s former executive director and acting director, respectively, and independent scholar Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, and brings to the nation the next pivotal chapter of African American art. This exhibition is supported, in part, by a grant from the Maryland State Arts Council.