Past Exhibition

San Antonio Collects: African American Artists

January 17–May 06, 2012

American Galleries

Archibald Motley , American (1891-1981), Playground, 1940, Oil on masonite 17 in. x 21 in., From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, L.2011.19.10

The San Antonio Museum of Art begins its 2012 exhibition calendar with San Antonio Collects: African American Artists - Featuring works from the Harriet and Harmon Kelley and Irene and Leo Edwards Collection.  The exhibition, which opens to the public on January 17, covers more than two hundred years of Americaʼs past, and explores the unique tradition of African American artists throughout our history. 

The exhibition is the first of three upcoming shows that focus on some of our communityʼs most important collectors, and their roles in defining San Antonio as a cosmopolitan city with internationally important cultural offerings.  Besides San Antonio Collects: African American Artists, upcoming exhibitions include San Antonio Collects: Theodore Gentilz and Mission Life of San Antonio and Northern Mexico (March 2 – May 20, 2012) which explores the missions, landscapes, and daily life of San Antonio from the French-trained nineteenth-century artist, and San Antonio Collects: Contemporary (March 24 – July 1, 2012) which displays works assembled by San Antonio collectors of some of the most important contemporary artists in the world. 

According to SAMA Director and exhibition organizer Katie Luber, San Antonio Collects: African American Artistʼs opening was intentionally timed to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Martin Luther King March in San Antonio.  “Viewing these works of art allows us the opportunity to reflect upon the struggles and triumphs of the African American artistic community and the broad range of African American identities and experiences.”  Luber adds, “Our hope is that San Antonio Collects: African American Artists will provide a glimpse into the sweeping changes that have defined the experiences of African American artists, and indeed all African Americans in the United States.” 
Although the exhibition opens to the public on January 17, 2012, the Museum is hosting an invitation-only event following the MLK march on January 16 from 3:00 to 5:00 for local and national dignitaries including the son of the late Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr., Martin Luther King III.

Exhibition Gallery

James Van Der Zee, American (1886-1983), The Barefoot Prophet, 1929, Gelatin silver print, From the Leo and Irene Edwards Collection, L.2011.20.1
Doughba Hamilton Caranda Martin, Liberian (b. 1974), Colored Must Sit in Balcony, 2002, Photograph (Alternate process), 13 ¾ in. x 9 5/8 in., From the Leo and Irene Edwards Collection, L.2011.20.3
Joseph Delaney, American (1904-1992), Claire, 1937, Oil on canvas, 38 ¼ in. x 25 in., From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, L.2011.19.4
Jacob Lawrence, American (1917-2000), Street Scene, 1937, Gouache on paper, 8 ½ in. x 13 in., From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, CREDIT: © 2012 The Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation, Seattle / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, L.2011.19.7
Norman Lewis, American (1909-1979), Black Girl, 1936, Oil on canvas, 26 in x 18 in., From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, L.2011.19.8
Norman Lewis, American (1909-1979), Man Smoking, 1941, Oil on canvas, 36 in. x 26 ¾ in. , From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts, L.2011.19.9

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