Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection

February 24 – July 21, 2024

Silver Linings celebrates the legacy of artists of African descent spanning the twentieth century through the contemporary moment.  It includes Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Christ and His Disciples Before the Last Supper (1908-1909) and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s most recent acquisition of Carrie Mae Weems’s Color Real and Imagined (2014).  Silver Linings includes an array of media spanning sculptural works by Elizabeth Catlett and Selma Burke, and photographic works by Lorna Simpson and Renée Cox.  It also displays Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s holdings of abstract paintings by Sam Gilliam and Betty Blayton, as well as works on paper by Samella Lewis and Herman “Kofi” Bailey.  This exhibition is critical to understanding the importance of art collecting within Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and includes work by Black artists across genders who are often overlooked by mainstream art museums.

Silver Linings features 39 artworks by Amalia Amaki, Emma Amos, Benny Andrews, Firelei Bàez, Herman “Kofi” Bailey, Romare Bearden, Betty Blayton, Beverly Buchanan, Selma Burke, Elizabeth Catlett, Floyd Coleman, Renée Cox, Myra Greene, Sam Gilliam, Samella Lewis, Glenn Ligon, Howardena Pindell, Lucille Malkia Roberts, Deborah Roberts, Faith Ringgold, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lorna Simpson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Lina Iris Viktor, Carrie Mae Weems, and Hale Woodruff.

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art was founded in 1996, and the mission is to uplift art by and about women of the African diaspora.

Silver Linings: Celebrating the Spelman Art Collection is organized by Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia

Support provided by Art Bridges Foundation

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