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DELAWARE ART MUSEUM
AFRICAN AMERICAN MASTERS
Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Drawings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman
July 2 through September 5, 2004
The Delaware Art Museum dedicates
African American Masters to James H. Gilliam, Jr.
WILMINGTON, DELAWARE (May 2004) –The Delaware Art Museum will present two exhibitions, African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and “Glorious Dignity”- Drawings of the Montgomery Bus Boycottby Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman, concurrently, July 2 through September 5, 2004.
African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museumis one of five exhibitions featuring the Smithsonian American Art Museum collections touring the nation through 2005. The Smithsonian American Art Museum has been at the forefront of collecting, studying and preserving works by African American artists since the 1960s. It now has a rich collection of approximately 2,000 artworks representing several hundred African American artists. The Smithsonian is currently sharing the very finest of these artworks with communities across the United States.
This exhibition of 61 paintings, sculpture and photographs reveals a special awareness of “being Black” and the inspiration provided by historical events, political issues, spirituality, music and folklore. Twentieth-century masters in the exhibition include Richmond Barthé, Romare Bearden, William H. Johnson, Lois Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks and Renée Stout, among others. The artists featured in this exhibition demonstrate their command of mainstream artistic traditions while exploring their dual cultural heritage.
The Delaware Art Museum dedicates African American Masters to the memory of James H. Gilliam, Jr., (1945-2003), Wilmington, Delaware attorney, community leader and Delaware Art Museum friend and supporter. At the time of his death, Gilliam and his wife, Linda, were members of the Museum’s Capital Campaign Steering Committee.
“Glorious Dignity”- Drawings of the Montgomery Bus Boycottby Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman features 38 drawings that depict the 1956 Montgomery Bus Boycott. The exhibition takes its title, “Glorious Dignity,” from a statement made by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to the African American community of Montgomery following the Supreme Court decision that declared Alabama’s laws on bus segregation unconstitutional: “Violence must not come from any of us, for if we become victimized by violent intents, we will have walked in vain, and our twelve months of ‘glorious dignity’ will be transformed into an eve of gloomy catastrophe.”
The subjects of the drawings range from expressive portraits to scenes of impassioned courtroom drama and capture the spectrum of actions and emotions that marked the boycott as a turning point in the struggle for civil rights in America. All of these drawings are part of the Museum’s permanent collection.
EDUCATION AND PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Studies in African American Art
6-week Art History Course
Fridays, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., July 23 – August 27, 2004
Instructor: Courtney Waring
Cost: $130 members, $150 non-members
Examination of the work of African-American artists from the 18 th century to contemporary times. Course will celebrate the diverse contributions of these artists and their significance to the development of American culture with special focus on African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Register with Courtney Waring, (302) 571-9590 ext. 509
Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.
The museum will offer a series of lectures by collectors, artists, and other speakers relative to African American Masters.
Cost: $15 – non-members, $10 - members, $5 - students/seniors – cost includes museum admission.
Register with Saralyn Rosenfield, (302) 571-9590 ext. 504.
Harvey Dinnerstein & Burton Silverman, artists whose work is featured in the exhibition: Glorious Dignity: Drawings from the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Paul Jones, Collector of African American Art
Amalia Amaki, Curator of the Paul Jones Collection of African American Art, University of Delaware
David Driskell, Curator of the Bill Cosby Collection
Creative Forces, Expressive Voices
Saturday, July 24, from 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
Free to Elementary/Middle/High School Teachers (Visual Arts), Librarians and Administrators. Register with the DE Teacher Center, (302) 736-6723.
We Shall Overcome: A Closer Look at the Struggle for Civil Rights
Saturday, August 14, 2004 , 10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
This workshop will focus on the museum’s exhibition “Glorious Dignity” - Drawings of the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Harvey Dinnerstein and Burton Silverman. Register with the DE Teacher Center, (302) 736-6723.
Glory of Stories
Wednesdays, July 7 - August 25, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Children ages 4-10.
Using the special exhibition, African American Masters, as the basis of discovery, children ages 4-10 will hear a specially selected story, discover a related painting in the special exhibition, and follow up with an art activity. Register with Courtney Waring, (302) 571-9590, ext. 651. FREE
Saturday, July 10 & 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Ages 8 and older.
Instructor Demond Baine will present painting and/or sculpture workshops inspired by the wealth of figurative works of art included in the exhibition African American Masters. These workshops will include a visit to the gallery, discussion of the work, and the students’ creation of their own artwork. Pre-registration required. Contact Anne Corso, (302) 571-9590, ext. 660. FREE
The Freedom to Create: Families, Artists & Their Art
Saturday, July 31, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Art activities for children ages 4-14 including story quilts, African masks, collages and creative cityscapes; films (Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression, and Faith Ringgold: The Last StoryQuilt); painting workshops with Verna Hart and Ed Loper and storyteller TAHIRA. Pre-registration for painting workshops required. Contact Saralyn Rosenfeild at 302-571-9590 ext. 504. FREE
Docent-led, unreserved tours of African American Masters are Saturdays at Noon and Sundays at 2:00 p.m. Guided tours of the Museum’s permanent collections are Saturdays at 11:00. Private group tours can be arranged through Courtney Waring, Director of Education, (302) 571-9590 ext. 509 or email@example.com.
African American Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum is one of five exhibitions featuring the Museum’s collections, touring the nation through 2005. The tour is supported, in part, by the Smithsonian Special Exhibitions Fund. In Delaware, this exhibition is made possible, in part, by DuPont, Bank One, AstraZeneca, Citizens Bank, Verizon Delaware Inc., National Endowment for the Arts, Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency committed to promoting and supporting the arts in Delaware, the Emily du Pont Memorial Exhibition Fund and the Hallie Tybout Exhibition Fund, The News Journal and WILM Newsradio. For additional information on arts activities in Delaware, visit the Delaware Division of the Arts homepage, www.artsdel.org.
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