AFRICAN AMERICAN ART OF THE 19TH AND 20TH CENTURIES: WE TOO DREAM AMERICAN
Jan. 20 – March 17, 2019
The Museum of Art – DeLand announces the opening of two comprehensive collections, African American Art: We Too Dream America and Purvis Young: Overtown’s Visual Poet, on January 20, 2019 at the Galleries located at 600 N. Woodland Blvd. The collections highlight the Harlem Renaissance and the relationship between visual arts and social and racial issues of this era. The art and many of the featured artists in these collections were instrumental in setting the stage for the civil rights movement of the 1960s in the United States.
African American Art: We Too Dream America features an extensive collection of works by artists, including Faith Ringgold and Romare Bearden. These artists along with their contemporaries vividly capture the spirit of the time and contributed to a new African American aesthetic and artistic vision.
Purvis Young, who is one of the world’s most widely recognized outsider artists, created his art in the economically depressed Overtown section of Miami, which became known as the “Harlem of the South”. Young famously used every surface available to him including cardboard and scraps of carpet to create his works. The Purvis Young exhibition features art as protest that addresses power, alienation, ignorance and oppression.
“The works in these collections are not only spectacular for those who appreciate art, but are important to the history of our country as well. Purvis Young and the artists of We Too Dream America capture the spirit, the struggle and the significance of their time,” said George S. Bolge, CEO of the Museum of Art – DeLand.
Cost of admission for these special exhibitions will be $10 and includes admission to the Downtown Galleries located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Special group rates are available Tuesday through Friday and children under 12 and Volusia County public school students receive free admission. All other students receive a discounted admission of $5. To book a group or for more information, call the museum at 386-734-4371 or visit www.MoArtDeland.org.
Opening Reception for the Exhibition African American Art: We Too Dream America from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 600 N. Woodland Blvd., DeLand, Florida. Museum Members – No Charge, Non-members $20. On January 21, 2019 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Day, the Museum will be open and admission will be free.