Celebrating 45 years of serving the greater East Texas community, the Tyler Museum of Art casts the spotlight on our nation’s diversity for its first major exhibition of 2016: "Embracing Diverse Voices: 90 Years of African-American Art," open to the public Sunday, Jan. 17 through March 20, 2016 at the TMA, 1300 S. Mahon Ave. on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Admission is free.
In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the TMA which typically is closed on Mondays will be open to the public from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18.
Organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Embracing Diverse Voices explores the broad range of experience and artistic expression among American artists of African descent. Spanning almost a century, these works demonstrate a wide range of stylistic approaches and viewpoints – some offering a glimpse of an artist’s personal vision, with others speaking out as bold political and social calls to action.
Encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and prints, the exhibition features close to 60 works by 25 of the most prominent African-American artists of the last century, including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest C. Withers and Kara Walker, plus Jacob Lawrence’s complete 22-piece "Legend of John Brown" series. Local support for the exhibition is provided by Eleanor Cameron, East Texas Chapter of the Links, Inc., and The A.W. Riter Jr. Family Foundation.