Bearing witness: contemporary works by African American women artists

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Spelman College and Rizzoli International Publications, 1996 - Art - 176 pages
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To commemorate the opening of their new museum, Spelman College presents an unprecedented exhibition of the work of contemporary African American women artists.

Twenty-five of the most outstanding African American women artists have contributed their work to the exhibition "Bearing Witness," celebrating the opening of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art and the 115th anniversary of the college. Works in all mediums are included here-- paintings, sculptures, fiber art, mixed mediums, and prints-- created by some of today's most exceptional artists, among them Lorna Simpson, Faith Ringgold, Carrie Mae Weems, and Betye Saar.

Because of its history as the first institution of higher learning for black women, Spelman has become a Mecca, a true wellspring of strength and sustenance for African American women. It is only fitting that these artists gather to honor Spelman College, which has long nurtured the creative and educational vision of black women.

The arts have always held a central place at Spelman. The college has an impressive fine arts tradition that began with the assemblage of one of the first college-held collections of works by black artists. The tradition continues with the opening of the college's new Museum of Fine Art, the centerpiece of the new Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center. The museum's 4,500 square feet of exhibition space is designed to house the college's internationally recognized collection of paintings, prints, and photographs, as well as an impressive grouping of African sculptures and textiles. The museum also includes a conservatory, one of the few in the country devoted to preserving African American artworks.

With the founding of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, the college has made certain that the arts will continue to play an integral part in the education of African American women well into the next century.

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PREFACE by JOHNNETTA B COLE Spehmn College President

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About the author (1996)

Jontyle Theresa Robinson
Associate Professor of Art History at Spelman College

Tritobia Hayes Benjamin
Associate Dean, College of Fine Arts and Director of Howard University Gallery of Art

Pearl Cleage
Award-winning playwright and Spelman College artist-in-residence

Beverly Guy-Sheftall
The Anna Julia Cooper Professor of Women's Studies at Spelman College

M. Akua McDaniel
Associate Professor of Art History and Acting Director of Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

Lowery Stokes Sims
Curator of Twentieth-Century Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Judith Wilson
Yale University Art Historian

Maya Angelou

Johnnetta B. Cole
Spelman College President

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