UA Little Rock to host African American art exhibit

Kerry James Marshall's 1994 crayon and charcoal piece, "Study for Supermodel #2," is on loan from the Arkansas Arts Center.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock will present an art show featuring art created by black artists from the mid 1800s to the present.

“On Their Own Terms” will be showcased in Brad Cushman Gallery and the Small Gallery in the Windgate Center of Art and Design on the UA Little Rock campus from Jan. 17 to March 10. A reception for the exhibit will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, in the Windgate Center. A conversation with art collector Juan Rodriguez and gallery owner Garbo Hearne will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

The exhibit activates a narrative between art created in the 19th century by notable artists Robert Scott Duncanson, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Charles Ethan Porter, and Henry Ossawa Tanner with art created by modern and contemporary artists. The exhibition examines how artists influence each other directly and indirectly. During the 2019 spring semester, Dr. Lynne Larsen, assistant professor of art history, will teach an art history seminar course on African-American art focusing on the works in the exhibit. The exhibition was curated by UA Little Rock Art Gallery Director Brad Cushman.

Additional artists with work in the show include Delita Martin, James Phillips, Joyce Scott, Lorna Simpson, Whitfield Lovell, David Driskell, Robert Pruitt, AJ Smith, Alfred Conteh, Deborah Roberts, Herbert Gentry, Aminah Robinson, Bisa Butler, Ron Adams, Bessie Harvey, Benny Andrews, Elizabeth Catlett, Kerry James Michael, Vicki Meek, Zoe Charlton, Sam Gilliam, Henry Tanner, Mikalene Thomas, Phoebe Beasley, Marjorie Williams-Smith, Romare Bearden, Caitlin Cherry, Kara Walker, David Clemons, Amy Sherald, Kehinde Wiley, Justin Bryant, and Reverend George Kornegay.

The 19th century painters are part of the Juan Rodriguez Collection, and Hearne Fine Art is facilitating this loan. Modern and contemporary works are on loan from Darrell and Lisa Walker, Karen and CJ Duvall, Karen and Kevin Cole, Pamela and Anthony Vance, Dr. Imani Perry, Pierrette Van Cleve, other private collections, individual artists, the Arkansas Arts Center, and the UA Little Rock Permanent Collection.

The exhibit and events are free and open to the public. The galleries in the Windgate Center of Art and Design are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, and 2-5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, contact Cushman at becushman@ualr.edu or 501-569-8977.

In the upper right photo, Kerry James Marshall’s 1994 crayon and charcoal piece, “Study for Supermodel #2,” is on loan from the Arkansas Arts Center and will be showcased in the “On Their Own Terms” show.

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