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American artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) layered urban, family, musical, literary, and mythological themes infromed by his African-American cultural experiences. Bearden's graphic work, made over 30 years, exhibits a unique blend of influences from Harlem, Europe, and Africa. Like jazz, these prints sing with vibrant colors, syncopated images, and improvisational printmaking techniques.

Organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions.

Also on view: Collection Selections features work in a variety of media from AMOA and local collections by local, national, and international artists. One gallery draws together works that explores the relationships between parts and wholes in light of Bearden’s collages and prints, with works by Radcliffe Bailey, Gee’s Bend quilter Mary Lee Bendolph, and Steve Wiman. Another gallery focuses on work by Bearden’s peers and those he influenced including Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, Juan Miró among others. A third gallery celebrates Bearden’s love of people with ceramic portraiture sculptures by Tre Arenz, Billy Ray Mangham, and James Tisdale.

From Process to Print
Graphic Works by Romare Bearden