Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists
The Art Students League of New York
Address: 215 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
Dates: May 3 – July 3, 2021
The Art Students League of New York partnered with the Romare Bearden Foundation to present “Creating Community. Cinque Gallery Artists.” Organized by guest curator and arts administrator Susan Stedman, alongside Cinque’s first artist in residence, Nanette Carter, this special exhibition is the first introductory survey to focus on Cinque Gallery.
Cinque Gallery (named after Joseph Cinqué, the leader of the Amistad slave ship mutiny of the 1830s) was an artist-led non-profit founded in 1969 by Romare Bearden, Ernest Crichlow, and Norman Lewis to support a creative community of primarily minority artists at different stages in their careers. Cinque Gallery hosted solo, group, and touring exhibitions, presenting artwork by approximately 450 artists including Benny Andrews, Emma Amos, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Bill Hutson, Norma Morgan, Debra Priestly, and many more.
For more information about this exhibition, visit the Art Students League website: https://theartstudentsleague.org/event/cinque-gallery-2021/
womenXwomen: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art
Penn State Lehigh Valley, Ronald K. De Long Gallery
Address: 2809 Saucon Valley Road, Center Valley, PA 18034
Dates: January 27 – March 14, 2020
womenXwomen is a selection of artwork by (with the exception of Alix Ayme) African American women from the PFF collection. The selected works range from representations of other women, artists representing themselves, and pieces that capture the tremendous power that these artists have in their art forms.
Ann Lalik’s curation enhanced this show by displaying works by iconic artists, as well as incredible talents of the next generation, capturing their influence on and dialogue with one another. Featured artists include: Syd Carpenter, Lavett Ballard, Ify Chiejina, Mequita Ahuja, Latoya Hobbes, Allison Janae Hamilton, Barbara Jane Bullock, Elizabeth Catlett, and Joyce Scott.
Gallery Website: https://lehighvalley.psu.edu/womenxwomen
Afrocosmologies: American Reflections
Address: 600 Main Street, Hartford CT, 06103
Dates: October 19, 2019 – January 20, 2020
Black artists explore spirituality and culture in Afrocosmologies: American Reflections. Alongside artists of the late-nineteenth century, contemporary artists define new ideas about spirituality, identity, and the environment in ways that move beyond traditional narratives of Black Christianity. In dialogue, these works acknowledge a continuing body of beliefs—a cosmology—that incorporates the centrality of nature, ritual, and relationships between the human and the divine. Emerging from the rich religious and aesthetic traditions of West Africa and the Americas, these works present a dynamic cosmos of influences that shape Contemporary art.
The exhibition brings together the work of an incredible assortment of artists including Romare Bearden, Dawoud Bey, Elizabeth Catlett, Willie Cole, Titus Kaphar, Lois Mailou Jones, Alison Saar, Hale Woodruff, and Shinique Smith along with many additional artists of note. It was accompanied by a 156-page, fully illustrated catalogue with essays by Frank Mitchell, Berrisford Boothe, Claudia Highbaugh, and Kristin Hass.
Exhibition Link: https://www.thewadsworth.org/afrocosmologies-american-reflections/
An Essential Presence: The Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art
Allentown Art Museum, Scheller and Fowler Galleries
Address: 31 N 5th St. Allentown, PA 18101
Dates: June 2 – September 1, 2019
This exhibition presents sixty-five pieces from the esteemed Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art, including more than forty works new to the collection and on view for the first time. Spanning the late nineteenth century to the current decade, the show features work by such celebrated artists as Henry Ossawa Tanner, Charles White, and Elizabeth Catlett. Simultaneously, it heralds groundbreaking contemporary artists like Vanessa German, William Villalongo, and Syd Carpenter. With paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, and photographs, this selection gives a sense of the broad range of powerful and sensitive artwork made by artists of the African diaspora over more than a century. From realism to abstraction, with humor, grace, and pathos, the works in this exhibition sample this important private collection built in the last six years under the direction of curator Berrisford Boothe.
Founded in 2006, the Petrucci Family Foundation (PFF) actively responds to the needs of the communities it serves, with the mission of supporting education and creating opportunity for Americans at every stage of and station of life. The PFF Collection of African-American Art is a targeted initiative to bring focus to the full range of African-American visual creativity and its essential place in the history and discourse of American art. This important collection, the result of a partnership between Lehigh University professor Berrisford Boothe and regional real-estate developer Jim Petrucci, has received national attention following its exhibition at the Portland Museum of Art in 2017.
Portland Art Museum
Address: 1219 SW Park Ave, Portland, OR 97205
Dates: January 28 – Jun 18, 2017
In 21st-century America, questions of race and identity are being explored as never before. This exploration has prompted many artists of color to investigate what constitutes identity, community, and the idea of a so-called post-racial society. Constructing Identity: Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art brings together paintings, sculpture, prints, and drawings by prominent contemporary African-American artists along with a selection of historical works from the 1930s, 1940s, and Civil Rights era.Drawing from the Petrucci Family Foundation collection, Constructing Identity features works by more than 80 artists, including Henry Ossawa Tanner, Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Norman Lewis, Faith Ringgold, Radcliffe Bailey, Kara Walker, and Mickalene Thomas as well as John Biggers, Barbara Bullock, David Driskell, Joyce Scott, and Sonya Clark, among others. The exhibition brings awareness to the contributions of artists of color, whose work is often historically underrepresented in museums and galleries, to foster a more complete understanding. Constructing Identity includes works by 11 artists whose artwork is also held in the collection of the recently opened National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., as well as Northwest artists such as Portland painter Arvie Smith (whose own exhibition at PAM has been extended through March 12).
As part of a growing and more thoughtful dialogue about how art reflects the experiences of African Americans, Constructing Identity visually represents a cross-section of themes that speak to all of us in voices from communities of color in America.
“Historically, and within African-American communities, a central question is how do we best represent ourselves—and how do these representations come together to form an ever-changing statement of identity?” asks Berrisford Boothe, curator for the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African-American Art. “We offer this art to present a more complete and informed view of African Americans as a people and reveal the dynamic nature, narratives, and impulses that constitute our full humanity.”
Founded in 2006, the Petrucci Family Foundation’s aims to support education and create opportunity for Americans at every stage of and station in life. Its collection of African-American art is a targeted initiative established to focus on, collect, conserve, and exhibit an inspiring range of works, thereby confirming African-American art’s essential place in the history and discourse of American art. The collection celebrates the beauty, compassion, strength, and persistent will within the culture of African Americans. “We want to collect master works that define humanity, that show characters in their full, most authentic human moments,” Boothe says.
Constructing Identity is accompanied by a catalog, an artist panel discussion and artist talks on February 11, and additional programs and community partnerships.
Organized by Portland Art Museum and guest curated by Berrisford Boothe, Professor of Art at Lehigh University.
Exhibition Link: http://portlandartmuseum.org/exhibitions/constructing-identity/
Body and Soul: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art
William Paterson University Galleries, Ben Shahn Center for the Visual Arts
Address: 300 Pompton Road, Wayne, NJ 07470
Dates: April 12 – May 15, 2015
Body and Soul: Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art features paintings, drawings, gouaches, prints, and mixed media artworks by Benny Andrews, Sam Gilliam, Faith Ringgold, and Kara Walker, among others. Dating from the late 19th century to the present day, the 37 artworks reveal significant contributions to aspects of social realism, abstraction, and contemporary art. A number of works relate to the Black Arts Movement, an artistic development in the 1960s and 1970s informed by the civil rights struggle and the investigation of African American cultural and historical experiences.
This exhibition illuminates the full range of African American visual creativity and its essential place in the history and discourse of American art through artworks from late 19th century to present day.
Exhibition Link: https://www.wpunj.edu/coac/gallery/Exhibitions/exhibition-detail.html?id=abc8c8ee-efa9-4e91-8aae-6b6788efb663
As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection
African American Museum in Philadelphia
Address: 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Dates: February 5 – March 22, 2015
The As We See It exhibit provides a unique perspective on the works of African American masters such as Henry O. Tanner, Barbara Bullock and Dawoud Bey by placing works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art in conversation with the artwork of local youth. The show fulfills the collection’s vision of using African American art to inspire and enlighten young people. Over 100 students from Philadelphia and the surrounding region referenced art work from the collection to explore how color, light and composition can be employed to convey their ideas and emotions. Led by artist Richard J. Watson, whose work is included in the collection, the “Explorations in Creativity” workshops inspired the work of the youths included in the exhibit. The exhibit included interactive stations where visitors engaged in their own art making based on exhibit themes. Videos of the artists in the collection provided insights on the production process, and artist Richard J.
Exhibition Link: https://www.aampmuseum.org/past-exhibits.html
Identities: African-American Art from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection
Gettysburg College, Schmucker Gallery
Address: 300 North Washington Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325
Dates: January 23 – March 7, 2015
At the Symposium, lectures by Dr. Leslie King-Hammond, Graduate Dean Emerita and Founding Director of the Center for Race and Culture at Maryland Institute College of Art, and Dr. Nashid Madyun, Director, Hampton University Museum will take place. Moderated by Berrisford Booth, Associate Professor of Art, Lehigh University.
The selected works of art from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection examine African and African-American cultures and identities through varied representations of the human figure. The exhibition consists of prints, paintings, drawings and sculpture from prominent contemporary artists including Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Jacob Lawrence and Alison Saar as well as significant artists from the 1930s, 1940s and through the Civil Rights Era, such as Hughie Lee-Smith, John Biggers and Hale Woodruff. While many of the works are extraordinarily personal, expressive portraits, other subjects address issues of labor and leisure, religion and spirituality, the civil rights struggle and the African Diaspora. The artists in this exhibition reflect diverse stylistic influences and re-appropriate visual motifs not only to denounce centuries of oppression and confront the legacy of slavery, but also to celebrate multifaceted cultures and their own diverse identities. Additionally, they use the figure and unique faces to explore beauty, humanity, compassion and strength within a fraught, but resonant past. An accompanying exhibition catalogue and didactic wall labels written by students in Professor Shannon Egan’s “Art and Public Policy” course will provide insight into the artistic, social, and contextual factors that shaped each work of art.
Exhibition Link: https://www.gettysburg.edu/offices/schmucker-art-gallery/exhibitions/?seasondisplay=s2015