June 18, 2016-January 8, 2017
This exhibition presents selected works from Newark’s permanent collection of African-American art. Taking a fresh look at heroic themes in modern and contemporary art, this unique exhibition features 34 paintings and sculptural works with an emphasis on storytelling and expressive imagery. Mythical and universal subject matter, the bold use of color and dramatic scale, and the artists’ direct physical engagement with their materials are all themes explored in this exhibition.
Modern Heroics brings together rarely exhibited works by leading historical and contemporary African-American artists, placing in dialogue several generations and a range of self-taught and formally trained approaches. This exhibition includes works by the following artists:
Thornton Dial, Sr.
Nellie Mae Rowe
Modern Heroics is organized by Tricia Laughlin Bloom, PhD, Curator of American Art
The Robert Lehman Foundation
Newark Museum Volunteer Organization
Additional support provided by:
The Marie and Joe Melone Exhibition Fund for American Art
Elizabeth Richards Family Exhibition Endowment Fund