Through Jan 16, 2011
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection exhibition is one of the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibitions ever organized featuring African-American artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. It provides a rare opportunity to view master graphics spanning three centuries through 69 works including drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, and screen prints by such noted artists as Henry O. Tanner, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Alison Saar.
The majority of the works in this exhibition were produced during the 1930s and 40s. This was the era of the Great Depression and the Works Progress Administration of the Federal Arts Project that provided employment for many artists. The 1960s and early 70s gave birth to the politically motivated and African-inspired civil rights period, which is another focus of this exhibition. The late 20th and early 21st centuries highlight works on paper from some of the brightest stars of the contemporary generation such as Margo Humphrey, Dean Mitchell, Robert Colescott, Lionel Lofton, and Ike E. Morgan.
Dr. Harmon Kelley and his wife Harriet were inspired to begin collecting after viewing an exhibition of African-American Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. Their art collection has become something of a museum’s dream and now travels to major venues all over the globe. To complement the Kelley Collection exhibition, the Lowe Museum is also featuring a selection of works by African- American artists from its permanent collection.