Special Taft tour with Ambrosini

March 27th, 2013  |  Published in Announcements

Tour Taft Museum’s special exhibition with
Chief Curator, Lynne Ambrosini
Saturdays, March 30 and April 6, 1:30 p.m.

Come to the Taft Museum of Art for a rare tour of the Taft’s special exhibition with Chief Curator, Lynne Ambrosini. Enjoy lunch in the café, then take a complimentary walk through the Taft’s special exhibition African American Art Since 1950 with Ambrosini as she tells the stories behind the bright, bold, lively, and sometimes challenging works. The show includes pieces in a variety of media by some of America’s most talented artists. Hurry, space is limited. Admission to the Museum is free every Sunday!

To RSVP call (513) 241-0343, ext. 39

African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from The David C. Driskell Center is on view through April 21, 2013. Get a taste of the wide variety of contemporary art created by African American artists spanning six decades. These 55 pieces, including sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs, collages and mixed media pieces by 50 different artists, tell the stories of the American experience. The exhibition has varied themes, including: works featuring and inspired by music; history and memory-themed works, including challenging, intricate, and thoughtful pieces, like Tar Baby, by Vanessa German; and culminates with beautiful and meaningful abstract pieces, like Katrina, by Howardena Pindell, which commemorates the powerful hurricane that all Americans who were alive in this decade will never forget, and the more tranquil Pine Trees, by Dr. David Driskell, the show’s organizer.

Nearly thirty-five years ago, scholar, curator and artist David Driskell revealed the depth and breadth of African American art with a landmark 1976 exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art.

This exhibition on display now at the Taft provides a sequel, a broad survey of how this art has evolved since then. Well-known artists such as Faith Ringgold, Martin Puryear, and Sam Gilliam are joined by powerful younger talents including Kara Walker, Willie Cole, and Chakaia Booker. Artwork in a great variety of media presents a vivid sampling of the range of expression of these American voices.

The exhibition showcases the generation of artists who opened up the possibilities for African American art, from pursuing pure abstraction to providing a forum for art as political activism. The exhibition also presents the newest voices in African American art, which utilize a variety of media and offer a hybrid approach to cultural and social identity; it also highlights some artists for whom national and racial boundaries are not the primary focus of inspiration.

The Duncanson Murals at the Taft Museum of Art are a testament to the museum’s long-standing commitment to supporting African American artists. In this spirit, the Taft reaches out to the Tristate community by regularly presenting outstanding art by African Americans, past and present.

This exhibition is organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans at the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Call Ahead to Reserve Group Lunches for more than 15 people.
Contact Lynne Staat at (513) 684-4517 or email her at lstaat@taftmuseum.org

Taft Musuem of Art is FREE on Sundays
Made possible by the generous support of The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation

Warrington Exhibition Endowment
Anonymous Fund of The Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Chellgren Family Endowment Fund
The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation
Docents of the Taft Museum of Art
Lynne Meyers Gordon

Exhibition Support Generously Provided By: Ellen and George Rieveschl Endowment
ArtsWave Partner: P&G
Operating Support: ArtsWave and Ohio Arts Council

The Taft Museum of Art is at 316 Pike St., in downtown Cincinnati. The Museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday during November and December. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students, and teachers, $4 for youth 12-17 and free for children under 118. The museum is free to all on Sundays. Call 513-241-0343 or visit the website at www.taftmuseum.org for additional information.

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