MidWest Fine Art Service and Transportation Co. driver Alex Rivera and handlers Dennis Cleland and Nick Matos collected the exhibition pieces that bring together the rich holdings of contemporary African American art drawn from preeminent collections of contemporary art in the region - the Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College, the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Progressive Corporation, and the Cleveland Museum of Art for display at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. Presented will be works by some of the most important artists of our time in a range of media - works on paper, painting, sculpture, and installations.
The exhibition features 25 artists, and begins with signature pieces by such pioneering figures of the 1970s and 1980s as Romare Bearden or Alma Thomas, and continues up to the present with prime examples of works by artists such as Lenardo Drew, Alison Saar, Willie Cole, David Hammons, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, René Green, Kara Walker and Kehinde Wiley, among others. Addressing a range of themes and issues, the exhibition presents an overview of the rich cultural heritage voiced by contemporary African-American artists in their examination of history, identity, and memory.
The pieces are on view January 29th, through May 9th, in the Marjorie Talalay, Peter B. Lewis, and Video Galleries at MOCA Cleveland. The exhibition is curated by Margo Ann Crutchfield, Senior Curator.