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Two Hundred Years Of African American Art On View In Philadelphia

1963- Jacob Lawrence Libraries Are AppreciatedOn January 10, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will open “Represent: 200 Years of African American Art,” an exhibition of about 75 works by more than 50 artists from the museum’s permanent collection. The show will include works made by free and enslaved pre-Civil War artists and artisans; early Modernists like William Henry Johnson and Jacob Lawrence; and self-taught artists like William Edmondson, Horace Pippin and Bill Traylor.

Glenn Ligon, Martin Puryear, Carrie Mae Weems, Moe Brooker, and other contemporary artists will also be featured making it a kaleidoscopic reflection of black American history and experience.

The first painting by a black American artist to be acquired by any American museum was Henry Ossawa Tanner’s luminous “The Annunciation” (1898), in which the angel Gabriel appears to Mary in the form of a burst of pure light telling her she has been chosen by God to give birth to the Christ Child. It was acquired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1899. Tanner was from Philadelphia and studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts there.

The exhibit will continue through April 5, 2015. The accompanying photo is a detail from a 1963 painting by Jacob Lawrence titled “Libraries Are Appreciated”.

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