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Elizabeth Catlett Exhibition
Hampton Art Lovers Presents: "Elizabeth Catlett and the Hampton Arts Tradition" Art Exhibition Powered by Hampton University Museum and the International Review of African American Art
Location: Ward Rooming House 249 NW 9th Street Miami, FL 33136
Admission: FREE (Art Exhibition)
Hampton Art Lovers will highlight and exhibit Hampton University Museum's extensive Elizabeth Catlett collection of works on paper. One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, known primarily as a printmaker and sculptor, Catlett is acclaimed both for her technical brilliance and the emotional impact of her work. Proud of her African American heritage Catlett made compassionate, heroic images of ordinary people. Catlett's work, expresses the themes of injustice, black women as figures of strength, and the mother and child bond. Her work also reflects her shared pride, grief, joy and outrage of the human condition for both African Americans and Mexicans. “The works represented in this exhibition show the importance of Catelett as a major contemporary international artist. In addition to her ability to show the humanistic side of her subjects, Cateltt's ability to capture the essence of her subject is demonstrated through her technical brilliancy.” - Dr. Thaxton-Ward, Director of the Hampton University Museum and Editor of the International Review for African American Art
Exhibition Hours: Dec 5 – 8, Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00p.m. Dec 8, Open until 12am. Dec 9, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dec 10, 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Hampton Art Lovers Presents: "Ernie Barnes: Eyes Closed" Art Fair
Art Fair celebrating Ernie Barnes 80th Anniversary Celebration
featuring canvas and works on paper
Location: Overtown Performing Arts Center 1074 NW 3rd Avenue Miami, FL 33136
Ernie Barnes 80th Anniversary Celebration comes to Overtown, with this unique opportunity to purchase Ernie Barnes original paintings and works on paper. Barnes is best known for his unique style of elongation, energy, and movement. In his prolific body of work, Barnes chronicled his personal experiences with football, music, dance, love, sports, education, church, and the South. Widely-known as the real painter of the artwork in the groundbreaking African-American sitcom Good Times, Barnes' style has been widely imitated. It is best exemplified by his iconic Sugar Shack dance scene that appeared on a Marvin Gaye album cover and in the closing credits of Good Times. After five seasons as a professional football player, he retired at age 27 to pursue art. A consistent and distinct feature in Barnes' work is the closed eyes of his subjects. "I began to see, observe, how blind we are to one another's humanity. Blinded by a lot of things that have, perhaps, initiated feelings in that light. We don't see into the depths of our interconnection. The gifts, the strength and potential within other human beings. We stop at color quite often. So one of the things we have to be aware of is who we are in order to have the capacity to like others. But when you cannot visualize the offerings of another human being you're obviously not looking at the human being with open eyes....We look upon each other and decide immediately: This person is black, so he must be... This person lives in poverty, so he must be...”
Exhibition Hours: Dec 6 – 9, Daily from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00p.m.
Hampton Art Lovers launched in December of 2017 at Miami Art Basel, equipped with this imagery. Backed by The Banjo Lesson painted by Henry Ossawa Tanner in 1893 and acquired by Hampton University in 1894. This dignified and sympathetic portrayal is the cornerstone of African American artists and the cornerstone to the vast collection of the Hampton University Museum.