Four Howard University Gallery of Art Operates Showcased in Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Exhibition

Courtesy Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Photo by Travis Fullerton, © 2021 Virginia Museum of Fine ArtsWASHINGTON – Howard University Gallery of Art currently has four functions of art on display in the “Dirty South: Modern day Art, Product Lifestyle and the Sonic Impulse” exhibition at the Virginia Museum of Good Arts (VMFA). The show concludes at VMFA, which is in Richmond, Virginia, on September 6.

Structured by the VMFA, the “Dirty South” focuses on the roots of Southern hip-hop culture and how the aesthetic traditions of the African American South have shaped visible artwork and musical expression about the final 100 several years. This show is curated by Valerie Cassel Olivier, Howard University alumna and VMFA’s Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary art.

“To be in a position to showcase will work from the Howard selection is definitely excellent, not only to glow a gentle on function that is in the collection, but the sheer motivation of historic Black faculties and universities collecting this operate. Which is truly deemed by the mainstream as the gold conventional,” stated Cassel Oliver. “We really don’t celebrate Black artists as much as we should and benefit their output. On the other hand, I want people to see this as a holistic strategy. Artists are crafting our histories.”

Commencing in the 1920s with spirituals, jazz and blues, the presentation interlaces similarities in the visible art creation of the Southern United States. The exhibition showcases an intergenerational artist group of artists doing work in several genres from sculpture, images, seem parts and massive-scale installation works.

“It has been our enjoyment to lend to the ‘Dirty South’ exhibition. Howard University has a huge assortment of operates by African-American artists that is not quite perfectly-acknowledged, and it is our objective to share as significantly of our collection as attainable with the art-likely community,” said Lisa Farringtonassociate dean of fine arts. “The Virginia Museum of Great Arts has offered us a excellent chance to showcase a uncommon Catlett terracotta paintings by William H. Johnson from two distinctive durations in his job, expressionism and artificial cubism and an iconic, spiritually inspired graphic by Aaron Douglas in his inimitable graphic type. We are honored to be a portion of this amazing endeavor.”

The overall “Dirty South” exhibition highlights additional than 140 performs of artwork, drawing from the visual imagery located in songs films, music lyrics and cultural ephemera. The showcase focuses on the frameworks of landscape, belief units and the Black overall body and contributions of academically educated artists as effectively as individuals imaginative intellectuals relegated to the margins as “folk artists.” 

The VMFA exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue that will serve as a review on the African-American South and emphasize social obligation as very well as what it means to be Black in the South.

Howard College Gallery of Artwork Contributions to “Dirty South: Modern Art, Substance Tradition and the Sonic Impulse”

                                Elizabeth Catlett - Tired (1946)                                                 Aaron Douglas- Rise, Shine, for Thy Light Has Come (1927)

            William H. Johnson - House Sun Tree (n.d.)                                 William H. Johnson - Quintet (1940)


To master a lot more about the “Dirty South: Present-day Art, Material Lifestyle and the Sonic Impulse,” visit



Image 1: Picture 0525, Courtesy Virginia Museum of Wonderful Arts, Image by Travis Fullerton, © 2021 Virginia Museum of Good Arts

Clementine Hunter (American, 1886-1988) Melrose Plantation, ca. early 1960s-1988, Oil on Masonite. New Orleans Museum of Artwork, Present of Dr. and Mrs. Robert F. Ryan, 73.205

Eldzier Cortor (America, 1916-2015), Southern Landscape, 1941, Oil on Masonite. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Arthur and Margaret Glasgow Endowment, 2016.2

William H. Johnson (American, 1901-1970), Home Sunshine Tree (Landscape with Solar Placing, SC), n.d. Oil on canvas. The get the job done is on Personal loan from the Howard University Gallery of Artwork, Washington, DC and Howard University reserves all legal rights with respect to the work 

John Biggers (American, 1924-2001), 4 Seasons, 1990, Colored lithograph on paper. Gibbes Museum of Artwork, Museum Acquire, 1994.017 

Kaneem Smith (American, born 1973), The Previous is Perpetual/Weighted Fleet, 2012, Reclaimed cotton bale, vintage iron hanging scales, bailing wire, wooden palette. Courtesy of Artist and Nicole Longnecker Gallery, Houston, TX

Photograph 2: Elizabeth Catlett, Tired, 1946, Teracottacourtesy of Howard College Gallery of Artwork

Photograph 3: Aaron Douglas, Increase, Glow, for Thy Light Has Occur, 1927, Opaque watercolor and black ink on paperboard, courtesy of Howard University Gallery of Art

Photograph 4: William H. Johnson, House Sun Tree, n.d., Oil on canvas, courtesy of Howard College Gallery of Artwork

Image 5: William H. Johnson, Quintet, c. 1940, Opaque watercolor, pen and ink on wove paper courtesy of Howard University Gallery of Art


About Howard College

Established in 1867, Howard College is a private, study university that is comprised of 13 educational facilities and faculties. Students go after a lot more than 140 systems of analyze primary to undergraduate, graduate and skilled levels. The College operates with a commitment to Excellence in Fact and Support and has made a single Schwarzman Scholar, a few Marshall Scholars, 4 Rhodes Scholars, 12 Truman Scholars, 25 Pickering Fellows and extra than 165 Fulbright recipients. Howard also creates more on-campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other college in the United States. For a lot more data on Howard College, visit

About Virginia Museum of Fantastic Arts (VMFA)

The Virginia Museum of Fantastic Arts in Richmond, Virginia, is a single of the biggest comprehensive artwork museums in the United States. VMFA, which opened in 1936, is a point out company and privately endowed academic institution. Its objective is to collect, protect, exhibit and interpret art, and to motivate the analyze of the arts. By the Office of Statewide Partnerships system, the museum offers curated exhibitions, arts-related audiovisual programs, symposia, lectures, conferences, and workshops by visual and undertaking artists. In addition to presenting a extensive array of particular exhibitions, the museum delivers visitors with the prospect to knowledge a world-wide collection of artwork that spans far more than 6,000 several years. VMFA’s lasting holdings encompass virtually 50,000 artworks, together with the most significant public assortment of Fabergé outdoors of Russia, the finest selection of Artwork Nouveau exterior of Paris, and a single of the nation’s best collections of American art. VMFA is also house to critical collections of Chinese artwork, English silver, French Impressionist, Put up-Impressionist, British sporting, and modern day and modern artwork, as perfectly as renowned South Asian, Himalayan and African art. In May 2010 VMFA opened its doors to the public following a transformative growth, the biggest in its record. 

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