Tyler Museum is Embracing Diverse Voices


Elizabeth Catlett, Mexican (b. United States) 1919-2012, Madonna, 1982, lithograph. Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; Permanent Collection Fund Purchase. 2008.3. Copyright: VAGA, info@vagarights.com

Celebrating 45 years of serving the greater East Texas community, the Tyler Museum of Art casts the spotlight on our nation’s diversity for its first major exhibition of 2016: Embracing Diverse Voices: 90 Years of African-American Art. The show opens to the public January 17 and continues through March 20 at 1300 S. Mahon Avenue on the Tyler Junior College main campus. Admission is free.

TMA members and special guests are invited for a first look at the exhibition during the Preview Reception from 5:30 to 7 p.m. January 16 at the Museum. To RSVP or for information on becoming a TMA member, call 903.595.1001 or visittylermuseum.org.

Organized by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Embracing Diverse Voices explores the broad range of experience and artistic expression among American artists of African descent. Spanning almost a century, these works demonstrate a wide range of stylistic approaches and viewpoints – some offering a glimpse of an artist’s personal vision, with others speaking out as bold political and social calls to action.

Encompassing painting, photography, sculpture and prints, the exhibition features close to 60 works by 25 of the most prominent African-American artists of the last century, including Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest C. Withers and Kara Walker, plus Jacob Lawrence’s complete 22-piece Legend of John Brown series. A common thread among the works — from James Van Der Zee’s portraits of Harlem men and women, to Catlett’s acclaimed Madonna and Ron Adam’s homage to master printmaker Robert Blackburn — is the complex, but fundamental, expression of identity. 

Regular TMA hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday; the Museum is closed Mondays and most major holidays. 

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