The First Art Newspaper on the Net    Established in 1996 Friday, December 9, 2022


Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross exhibits works by artist and Civil Rights activist Elizabeth Catlett
Installation view.



WORCESTER, MASS.- The Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery at the College of the Holy Cross is presenting an exhibition of artwork by the acclaimed African American artist Elizabeth Catlett during the fall semester. “The Art of Elizabeth Catlett from the Collection of Samella Lewis” will be on view through Dec. 15, 2021.

An accompanying lecture by Rebecca Van Diver, professor of art history at Vanderbilt University, will take place during opening events on Sept. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in Holy Cross' Rehm Library. A reception will follow in the gallery.

Elizabeth Catlett (1915-2012), a pioneering sculptor and printmaker, is widely considered one of the most important artists of the 20th century. Exploring themes around injustice, motherhood and the Black-American experience, Catlett’s work utilized a sleek, modern aesthetic to promote social equity and confront injustice, especially to African Americans. In her words: “I always wanted my art to service my people—to reflect us, to relate to us, to stimulate us, to make us aware of our potential. We have to create an art for liberation and for life.” The exhibition includes the politically-charged works that Catlett created in 1960s and 70s—for which she was best known—as well as later prints and sculpture.

Catlett was born in Washington, D.C. the granddaughter of enslaved workers and child of educators. She earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University where she studied design, printmaking and drawing. She went on to study at the University of Iowa under the tutelage of Grant Wood, and became the first woman to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree from that institution. At the age of 93, Carnegie Mellon University awarded Elizabeth Catlett an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts, having previously denied her undergraduate application to study at the then Carnegie Tech.




In 1946, Catlett received a fellowship that allowed her to travel to Mexico City where she studied painting, sculpture and lithography. There, she worked with the Taller de Gráfica Popular (People's Graphic Arts Workshop), a group of printmakers dedicated to using their art to promote social change. After settling in Mexico and later becoming a Mexican citizen, she taught sculpture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City until retiring in 1975.

In 1962, the U.S. State Department banned her from returning to the United States for nearly a decade because of her political affiliations.

The 38 works in this exhibition come from the personal collection of artist, educator and author Samella Lewis, Ph.D. of Los Angeles, California. Lewis was a student of Catlett’s in the 1940s and Catlett became her mentor. The two became lifelong friends. In tribute to the lifework of Elizabeth Catlett, this exhibition—organized by the August Wilson Center for African American Culture and Landau Traveling Exhibitions—was made possible through Lewis’ generosity in sharing Catlett’s work, as well as her own and that of Catlett’s husband, Mexican artist Francisco “Pancho” Mora (1922-2002).

This exhibition explores the nature of Elizabeth Catlett’s art and its ability to affect both individual lives and political movements. Her legacy as an artist, teacher, mentor, activist, wife, mother, grandmother and friend are apparent through these works.

“We are pleased to be able to present the work of Elizabeth Catlett at Cantor,” said Meredith Fluke, director of the Cantor Art Gallery. “Catlett’s work serves as a stunning reminder of the ability of art to function as an instrument of both protest and aesthetic pleasure and calls attention to some of the most important injustices of our time. I’m anticipating that the exhibition will forge deep connections across disciplines—students with varying academic and personal interests will connect with these seminal works.”

A series of noontime lectures in conjunction with the exhibition is scheduled throughout the fall semester and will be posted to the Cantor Art Gallery’s website and social media as details are confirmed.










Today's News

September 9, 2021

Toomey & Co. Auctioneers to hold 'Fine Art + Furniture & Decorative Arts' sale

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth, acquires Souls Grown Deep Foundation works

Flashpoint US statue of Confederate general removed in Richmond

San Francisco gets its own Institute of Contemporary Art

Martos Gallery opens "The Collective: Chosen Family"

Avery Singer presents two new series of large-scale paintings at Hauser & Wirth

Alberto Vilar, arts patron convicted of fraud, dies at 80

Unseen Photo Fair 2021: Spectacular edition will be held from September 17-19

Phillips to host 'Reframing Beauty: A Private Seattle Collection'

Exhibition at Osservatorio Fondazione Prada explores computer-generated imagery practices

Exhibition brings together a fresh mix of emerging voices from the international scene

David Diao's first solo exhibition in the UK opens at Gazelli Art House

Megan Rooney's first solo exhibition at Thaddaeus Ropac opens in London

Solo presentation of works by artist Gracie DeVito opens at The New York Studio School

Galerie Karsten Greve opens an exhibition featuring a selection of fifteen canvases by Qiu Shihua

Carnegie Museum of Art opens fall exhibition 'Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves'

Exhibition of eight new paintings by Amie Cunat opens at Dinner Gallery

BC McMullen Museum opens first major US exhibition on Cuban modernist painter Mariano Rodríguez

BP Portrait Award winner Richard Twose mines his incredible life story in new show

Cantor Art Gallery at Holy Cross exhibits works by artist and Civil Rights activist Elizabeth Catlett

Brooklyn community mourns Michael K. Williams: 'He never stayed away'

Igor Oistrakh, Soviet-era violinist (and a son of one), dies at 90

A pandemic, then a hurricane, brings New Orleans musicians 'to their knees'

Frank conversations about making a living in dance

Halloween's Jamie Lee Curtis: 'I hate horror movies'

Tips for buying a used home. Do not be fooled!

Free vs Paid VPNs. Which Is Better for Streaming Netflix in 2021

The Best Canadian Casinos 2021

WHY HIRE A WEB DESIGN SERVICE COMPANY?




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful