CORNING | A new exhibit of African American art is now on display at The Rockwell Museum through the end of the year.
The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper, is “one of the largest and most comprehensive traveling exhibitions ever organized featuring works on paper by African American artists from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries,” according to museum officials.
The approximately 70 pieces in the exhibition include drawings, etchings, lithographs, watercolors, pastels, acrylics, gouaches, linoleum and color screen prints.
That represents just a fraction of the full Kelley collection, Rockwell officials said.
The exhibition was made possible by Corning Incorporated’s Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion.
The earliest work in the exhibition is by Grafton Tyler Brown (1841–1918), the first documented professional graphic artist on the west coast.
The majority of the works in the exhibition were produced during the 1930s and 40s, the era of the Great Depression and the WPA/FAP (Works Progress Administration of the Federal Arts Project) that provided employment for many artists during and after the Depression.
For more information about the Rockwell Museum or this exhibit, visit rockwellmuseum.org.