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San Antonio Collects: African American Artists

January 17May 6, 2012

American Galleries

In honor of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the annual Martin Luther King, Jr., March, SAMA is pleased to present an installation of works by African American artists spanning the last two hundred years. San Antonio hosts one of the largest MLK marches in the nation, drawing more than one hundred thousand adults and children in 2012. Viewing these works of art allows us to reflect upon the struggles and triumphs of the African American artistic community and the broad range of African American identities and experiences. 

In addition to paintings generously loaned by Harriet and Harmon Kelley and Leo and Irene Edwards, the exhibition also includes works from the Museum’s permanent collection donated by or partially purchased with funds donated by the Kelleys.

Archibald Motley
American (1891 – 1981)
Playground, 1940
oil on masonite, 17 x 21 in.
From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts
Eldzier Cortor
American (b. 1916)
The Streetcar, 1937
oil on canvas 39 1/2 x 17 3/4 in.
From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts