Modern Heroics 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum

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Jun 18 2016 - Jan 8 2017

Newark Museum

Newark, NJ

This exhibition presents selected works from Newark’s permanent collection of African-American art. Taking a fresh look at heroic themes in modern and contemporary art, this unique exhibition features 34 paintings and sculptural works with an emphasis on storytelling and expressive imagery. Mythical and universal subject matter, the bold use of color and dramatic scale, and the artists’ direct physical engagement with their materials are all themes explored in this exhibition.

Modern Heroics brings together rarely exhibited works by leading historical and contemporary African-American artists, placing in dialogue several generations and a range of self-taught and formally trained approaches. 

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website. For complete list of artists included, please see museum website.

  • American
  • Expressionism
  • Romare Bearden
  • Shoshanna Weinberger
  • Shinique Smith
  • Emilio Cruz
  • and others

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