African-American art exhibit opens at Mennello Museum
Friday, Feb. 1 â€“ African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era and Beyond
Through April 28
Mennello Museum of American Art
900 E. Princeton St.
Rarely do we see a show thatâ€™s framed in the context of an officially designated month that does its subject justice. Take, for instance, Black History Month â€“ lots of museums and schools and galleries will try to hastily pull together an educational presentation to celebrate the fact that February is when weâ€™ve decided to honor the culture and heritage of African-Americans, but few will manage to pull something off thatâ€™s exciting and relevant showing the recent contributions that black artists, historical figures and leaders have made to the dialogue that shapes our current state of affairs. Which is why weâ€™re looking forward to this show at the Mennello. Organized by the senior curator of painting and sculpture at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, this show isnâ€™t stuck in the bookish and dutiful past. Rather, it contains work that examines the role that African-American artists played in significant movements â€“ the jazz age, postmodernism, abstraction, etc. â€“ that continue to shape the cultural landscape. In other words, this show is more than just a historical overview â€“Â itâ€™s a chance to perhaps get a glimpse into the future, as well. â€“ Erin Sullivan