Art and Activism at Tougaloo College
October 22, 2022 - January 16, 2022
Charles White Chain Gang, 1959 Pencil, graphite and white chalk, Gift of Harry Belafonte, 1976.002, © The Charles White Archives Courtesy American Federation of Arts
Big Daddy Paper Doll, 1970, Screenprint, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dorsky, 1974.019
© May Steven, Courtesy the artist, Ryan Lee Gallery and American Federation of Arts
The Amistad Center for Art & Culture hosts a traveling exhibition College titled Art and Activism at Tougaloo College co-organized by the American Federation of Arts and Tougaloo College. Art and Activism examines the birth and development of the unique collection of modern art that is part of the historically Black college’s permanent collection. As civil rights protests swirled across the fiercely segregated south, the Tougaloo art collection was envisioned as “an interracial oasis in which the fine arts are the focus and the magnet.” Comprised of approximately thirty-five artworks in a range of media by both European and African American artists such as David Driskell, Francis Picabia, Elizabeth Catlett, Alma Thomas, Pablo Picasso, Richard Mayhew, Charles White and Hale Woodruff, the exhibition gives insight into a complex American collection established at the intersections of modern art and social justice. Art and Activism will be on view October 22 through January 16, 2023.
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