Community is defined as “a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common, especially one practicing common ownership.” In a museum, community is not simply people living in the same place, but individuals coming to a shared space to enjoy the common ownership of their museum collection. In this spirit, Community celebrates works by African American artists in the Flint Institute of Arts collection.
This exhibition features works in various mediums by some of the most important artists from the 20th century to present day, exploring themes related to community, including ideas of history and place, identity and representation, and social justice and self-expression. Works by Romare Bearden, Chakaia Booker, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, Hughie Lee-Smith, Renee Stout, Kara Walker and Yvonne Wells, among many others, are included.View More
Image: Desiree Kelly, American. Shields
, n.d. Oil and spray paint on traffic sign. 35 x 35 inches. Museum purchase with funds from the Collection Endowment, 2019.13