To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Book: To Conserve a Legacy: American Art from Historically Black Colleges and Universities , by Richard Powell, Jock Reynolds, Kinshasha Holman Conwill, ISBN10: 0262661519, ISBN13: 9780262661515, MIT Press, April 1999, Paperback
To Conserve a Legacy documents an outstanding sampling of paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, and sculptures owned by Clark Atlanta University, Fisk University, Hampton University, Howard University, North Carolina Central University, and Tuskegee University.
The works in this companion to a traveling exhibition are drawn from collections of American art held by six of the oldest, most prestigious historically black universities (Clark Atlanta, Fisk, Hampton, Howard, North Carolina Central, and Tuskegee). The exhibition proclaims the importance of these hitherto little-known collections, which consist primarily of works by major and minor 19th- and 20th-century African American artists, as well as such well-known modernists as Hartley and O'Keeffe. The text consists of an anthology of essays that discuss the development of the exhibition, the history of the collections, and related conservation issues. Following is an alphabetically arranged biographical catalog of artists featured in the exhibition. The scholarly tone of much of the writing and the emphasis on academic issues will make this somewhat challenging for the general public, but this important book brings to light notable collections that deserve more attention. Highly recommended for academic art libraries.--Eugene C. Burt, Art Inst. of Seattle Lib. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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