Charlotte’s Mint Museum Launches Major Romare Bearden Retrospective on Centennial of His Birth
CHARLOTTE, N.C., Aug. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — This fall The Mint Museum will present Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections, a major retrospective of one of America’s most preeminent African American artists and foremost collagists. Opening on the centennial of the artist’s birth in Charlotte, the city in which he was born, the exhibition is the first of its kind to examine in depth how the South served as a source of inspiration throughout Bearden’s career. Encompassing approximately 100 works of art drawn from The Mint Museum’s extensive holdings as well as from national public and private collections, the exhibition will be on view at the Mint Museum Uptown at Levine Center for the Arts from 2 September 2011 through 8 January 2012 and then travels to the Tampa Museum of Art (28 January through 6 May 2012) and Newark Museum (23 May through 19 August 2012).
“Romare Bearden: Southern Recollections is an incredibly compelling retrospective assembled by The Mint Museum that showcases the immense contribution of America’s most renowned African American artists and the significance of his Southern heritage as a source of inspiration, “said Dr. Kathleen V. Jameson, President & CEO of The Mint Museum. “It is an important and timely examination of Bearden’s work.”
The exhibition highlights themes unexplored in prior exhibitions or writings, and surveys fifty years of the artist’s work including his early abstract paintings and the influential collages that dominated his later body of work. Among the large thematic groupings will be selections from the Prevalence of Ritual series, which includes Bearden’s first revolutionary collages that demonstrate his ability to transform life into art, revealing abiding rituals and ceremonies of affirmation. Elements seen in this series are repeated throughout Bearden’s oeuvre, serving as icons for his statements about life in America. One such icon is the locomotive, which not only symbolizes a means of moving from one place/mode of life to another but also references the Underground Railroad, as well as the migration of Southern blacks to northern cities in the early twentieth century.
“Given the long association between Bearden and the city of Charlotte, the Mint has a special interest in organizing such an important retrospective,” said Carla Hanzal, exhibition organizer and Mint Museum curator of contemporary art. “Romare Bearden broke new ground with his innovative collages and left a powerful legacy to generations of American artists. As Charlotte’s oldest visual arts institution, we are proud to have a substantial history of collecting and presenting works of art by Romare Bearden.”
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