Through the Generations: African-American Art in the VMFA Collection
Through the Generations contains photographic reproductions of African American art from the early 20th century to the present, which were chosen from the VMFA collection. The images in this exhibition demonstrate the growth of the museum's collection of African American art, beginning with the first piece acquired by the museum (Jacob Lawrence, Subway — Home From Work, 1943) to one of the most recent (iona rozeal brown, a³ blackface #59, 2003). Many of the twelve works included in this limited security exhibition are by artists who attended or taught at many of the area's historically black colleges and universities—Virginia Union University, Virginia State University, Hampton University, and Norfolk State University.
This exhibition also provides an opportunity to see works by regional artists that have been in the collection for decades along with more recently acquired works by celebrated figures such as Faith Ringgold, James VanDerZee, and Charles White. Together, these works represent VMFA's commitment to African American art and provide insight into its goals for future collecting.
Through the Generations was made possible by generous funding from Jessie Ball duPont Fund, One Number Information Systems, Inc., Dominion, and Mr. B. K. Katherman. It is one of a variety of traveling exhibitions available for statewide travel through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. For details call 804.204.2681 or e-mail email@example.com
Loan Period: 4 to 6 Weeks
Code Number: GA-103
Framed Size: 16" x 20"
Running Feet: 18.3'
Boxed Weight: 80 lbs.
To supplement the exhibition, we recommend the following related resources available through the Statewide Partnership Program. For more information or to schedule a speaker, workshop, or media resource, call 804.204.2681or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Artist Workshop – Performing Arts:
World Beat: An Exploration of the Roots of Jazz
Workshop: What is Jazz? with Michael Jefrey Stevens
The African American Image in Advertising with Audrey P. Davis
Freedom in Pingment: Henry O. Tanner's Life and Work with Dr. Elizabeth L. O'Leary
Jazz Photography with Jeffrey W. Allison
African American Experience through Photography
Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
The Art of Romare Bearden
Betye and Alison Saar: Conjure Women of the Arts
Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth
Faith Ringgold Paints Crown Heights
Faith Ringgold: The Last Story Quilt
A Great Day in Harlem
Horace Pippin: There will be Peace
I Can Fly: Kids and African-American Art
Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression
The Life and Art of William H. Johnson
Romare Bearden: Visual Jazz
Uncommon Images: James Van Der Zee
What Color is Black…African American Art and The David C. Driskell Collection
African-American Art: Past and Present
Bearden Plays Bearden
Benny Andrews: The Visible Man
Black Art-Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African-American Art
A Comment on the Art of Romare Bearden and Charles White: Griots of Imagery
Conversations with Roy DeCarava
The Duncanson Murals: Nicholas Longworth's Legacy to the Taft Museum
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Art of Gordon Parks
Henry Ossawa Tanner
Hidden Heritage: The Roots of Black American Painting
I'll Make Me a World series #s 1-6
Jacob Lawrence: An Intimate Portrait
John Biggers' Hampton Murals
Kindred Spirits: Contemporary African-American Artists
Multi-Cultural Diversity: Celebrate!
Nguzo Saba: The Seven Principles series #s 1-7
The Originals: Women in Art series # 5
A Portrait of Maya Angelou: Creativity with Bill Moyers
Portrait of Two Artists
Repercussions: A Celebration of African-American Music #s 1-4
Richard Mayhew: Spiritual Landscapes
Small Steps, Big Strides: The Black Experience in Hollywood
Tangible Spirits with Alison Saar
Two Centuries of Black American Art
Two White Horses: A Mountain Tale
Educational Resource Kits:
Art by African-American Artists: Selections from the Twentieth-Century