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GEORGIA MUSEUM OF ART ANNOUNCES RECEIPT OF COLLECTION OF AMERICAN ART BY AFRICAN AMERICAN ARTISTS

African American art exhibition organized by UMD’s David C. Driskell Center donated to Georgia Museum of Art.


By Artdaily.org


The Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia announces Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson’s donation of a prominent collection of works by African American artists. The couple will also fund an endowment to support a new curatorial position at the museum known as the Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of the African Diaspora.

Larry Thompson announced the donation and endowment support at a panel discussion held at GMOA in conjunction with the exhibition “Tradition Redefined: The Larry and Brenda Thompson Collection of African American Art” on March 24, 2011, part of the 50th-anniversary celebration of the desegregation of the University of Georgia.

The agreement between the museum, UGA and the Thompsons was recently finalized and secured an initial donation of paintings, prints and sculpture by African American artists. The gift complements and enriches the original donation of 100 American paintings by Alfred Heber Holbrook, who founded the Georgia Museum of Art with his gift in 1945. The Thompsons’ gift initially includes 37 works, many of which appeared in the exhibition “Tradition Redefined,” which was on display at the museum from January 30 to March 28, 2011.

“Tradition Redefined” featured 72 works by 67 black artists typically not recognized in the traditional narratives of African American art. The exhibition was organized by the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of the Visual Arts and Culture of African Americans and the African Diaspora at the University of Maryland, College Park. Larry and Brenda Thompson collect the work of both celebrated artists and artists considered emerging, regional or lesser known. The result is a collection that offers a more in-depth, inclusive understanding of African American artists and their aesthetic and social concerns. It is the Thompsons’ desire to give more works to the museum in the coming years.

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Date of Publication: 
1/12/12