'Revelations' of Southern African American Art at De Young

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at 10:00 AM
Joe Light (1934-2005), "Dawn," 1988. Enamel and spray paint on wood, 48 x 96 in. Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection. Artwork:© Estate of Joe Light. Resource, NY. (Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio)

The Transatlantic slave trade and the Jim Crow era made deep and irreversible marks in American history. But despite the segregation and racial barriers of those times, African Americans with little or no formal training produced a wide range of musical traditions and visual art. A new exhibit at the de Young Museum titled “Revelations: Art from the African American South” presents work from contemporary African American artists inspired by this cultural heritage. 

Guests:

Timothy Anglin Burgard, curator of American Art, de Young Museum

Belva Davis, vice president, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Board of Trustees, former host, This Week in Northern California

Some Examples from the Show:

"Noah's Ark" a piece of art made from found wood, nails and paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5. inches.
Ralph Griffin (1952-1992), "Noah's Ark," ca. 1980. Found wood, nails, paint, 18.75 x 68.75 x 14.5 in.Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, museum purchase, American Art Trust Fund, and gift of the Souls Grown Deep Foundation from the William S. Arnett Collection. Artwork: © Estate of Ralph Griffin. (Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Installation view of "Revelations: Art from the African American South" at the de Young museum. (Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)
Installation view of "Revelations: Art from the African American South" at the de Young museum. (Photo: Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco)

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