A MODERNIST VISION
The TRADITION OF MODERN ART
AT TOUGALOO COLLEGE
February 8 – December 6, 2019
Tougaloo College Art Gallery
The Bennie G. Thompson Academic & Civil Rights Research Center
Tuesday & Thursday, noon-5 PM
Monday/Wednesday by appointment
For group visits, contact:
Dr. Redell Hearn, Curator of Art & Civil Rights
601.965.9906 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Free to the public
A Modernist Vision highlights significant works by modern visual artists from the Tougaloo College Art Collections as the College celebrates the sesquicentennial year of its founding. Hence, it is noteworthy to reflect on the important role that Tougaloo College played in shaping Mississippi’s cultural landscape.
During the turbulent 1960s, a group of New York art activists involved in the struggle for civil rights, formed the New York Art Committee for Tougaloo College. In the spring of 1963, the committee shipped works by important modern American and European artists to Tougaloo College, marking the first collection of modern art in Mississippi. This was a watershed moment for Mississippi because the New York Art Committee for Tougaloo College sought to bring modernism to Mississippi during a time of profound social change in America. Poetess Maya Angelou captured this turning point best by stating that “The entire country was in labor and something wonderful was about to be born. We were all going to be good parents to the welcomed child… and his name was Freedom.”
American painter Robert Motherwell (1915 –1991) believed that modern art had an important place in society, because art was not an abstract concept but a concrete means to express human contact and to depict feelings universal to modern man.
Organized by Turry M. Flucker, Art Collections Administrator, Tougaloo College Art Collections
This exhibition is presented as part of the Art & Civil Rights Initiative, a partnership of the Mississippi Museum of Art and Tougaloo College that presents joint exhibitions and programs, and facilitates increased scholarship surrounding the Tougaloo Art Collection. The Art & Civil Rights Initiative is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.
Art credit: Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), Untitled, date unknown. lithograph. Purchased by Tougaloo College from the Foundation for the Arts, Religion and Culture, Incorporated. Tougaloo College Art Collections. 1966.004