“Black Art — Ancestral Legacy” exhibit opens Feb. 12 at T.J. Patterson Branch Library

Exhibits included in “Black Art — Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art,” opening Feb. 12 at the T.J. Patterson Branch Library, are primarily photos from the Dallas Museum of Art collection. The museum’s Tom Jenkins provided the above photograph. It is captioned: “Initiation—Liberia, Lois Mailou Jones, 1983. Acrylic on canvas, 1983. Collection of the artist.”

The traveling display “Black Art — Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art” will be displayed Feb. 12 through March 12 at the T.J. Patterson Branch Library, 1836 Parkway Dr.

Based on the major exhibition organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities,“Black Art” is a photographic exhibition addressing the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?”

It provides a number of examples from 20th century African American artists — trained and untrained — that visually respond to this question. The exhibition surveys the work of 45 artists, including unknown Africans and Haitians, through photographs, posters and concise texts.

Free programs, lectures and other events are being planned for the general public on site. For more information on programs or viewing hours, call the Patterson Branch Library at 767-3300.

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