Interventions in Printmaking: Three Generations of African American Women

Faith Ringgold (b. 1934), You Put the Devil in Me, from theMama Can Sing Jazz Suite, 2004, screen print on wove paper. Allentown Art Museum, gift of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Kaplan, 2004

Toyin Odutola (b. 1985), If She Doesn’t Say Anything, Then It Never Happened, 2012, one-color lithograph, ed. 12/16. Allentown Art Museum, recent acquisition from the Tamarind Institute.

Sun, 01/25/2015 - Sun, 04/12/2015
William B. Butz Gallery

This exhibition features artists from throughout the United States and the African diaspora who have brokered new technologies and approaches to printmaking while addressing issues pertaining to history, identity, and politics. In works ranging from the representational to the abstract, this diverse group of women has enriched the print medium with their brilliantly drafted lithographs, colorful etchings and silk-screens, and conceptually rich photographs. Nearly twenty artists from the Civil Rights Era to present day will be included in the show: Ghada Amer, Emma Amos, Mary Lee Bendolph, Louisiana P. Bendolph, Chakaia Booker, Elizabeth Catlett, Robin Holder, Margo Humphrey, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Toyin Odutola, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar, Betye Saar, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Deborah Willis.

The exhibition is cocurated by Museum president and CEO David Mickenberg and Dr. Daniel Haxall, Associate Professor of Art History at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. A former fellow at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Institute for the Arts and Humanities, Dr. Haxall received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University and has published on diverse topics, including Abstract Expressionism, collage, installation art, corporate patronage, the African diaspora, and intersections of sports and art. He previously taught at the University at Buffalo and Penn State University, and has lectured at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Harvard University, New York University, National Gallery of Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and College Art Association among others. He is curating a forthcoming exhibition on Robert Motherwell for the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Esteban Vicente in Segovia, Spain, and preparing a book on Abstract Expressionist collage.

Click here to view the exhibition guide.