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Exhibition Celebrates the Dynamic Legacy of Abstraction in African American Painting

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Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art

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The upcoming exhibition at Duke Hall Gallery of Fine Art, Exuberance: Dialogues in African American Abstract Painting, celebrates African American painters and challenges commonly held mindsets about abstract art and who makes it. Abstract paintings by African American artists have often been overlooked and omitted from the history of art presented by white scholars and white-dominated art institutions, yet their works have contributed powerfully to the field of painting. This focused presentation of paintings will feature a range of works from the 1950s to present day, forging cross-generational dialogues about racial identity, dynamics of color and pattern, as well as rhythm, movement, and breath. This exhibition is sponsored by F&M Bank.

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Fall 2021

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Community Engagement, Engaged Learning


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