NAAM Art Exhibit

~posted by Elizabeth S. and Carl K.

Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, and Romare Bearden are among the notable artists featured in a traveling exhibit of 68 works at the Northwest African American Museum now through April 17th. The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper includes drawings, etchings, lithographs, and watercolors, from The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African-American Art, which is considered one of the nation’s richest collections of this culturally significant art.

The Library has several books that provide depth to this exhibit, including these three titles to begin.

Over the Line by Elizabeth Hutton TurnerElizabeth Catlett by Melanie Anne HerzogThe Art of Romare Bearden







Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence has over 200 full-color images in a work that examines the full scope of his career.

Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico interprets the life and work of Catlett as an intercultural and transnational figure, allowing the viewer to see her works through a perspective-changing lens.

The Art of Romare Bearden places the artist’s works in the context of his historical inspirations and the stimulus for his intellect. With hundreds of illustrations, Bearden’s works are juxtaposed with art pieces from the Renaissance to the Impressionist period.

A preview of the full exhibit can be found on the Landau Traveling Exhibitions website.

The Northwest African American Museum is located at 2300 S Massachusetts St, just off 23rd Avenue South, and the library has museum passes for it.

The librarians at The Seattle Public Library are happy to find more titles for you about African American arts and the arts in general.  A great way to contact us is through Ask-A-Librarian.

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