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Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection

Panelist for the closing reception:
Wanda Sloan, the H.R. diversity/staff development specialist at Blackhawk Technical College.
George Williams Jr.,Beloit College Art and Art History Professor.


The exhibition, Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection, features the Black face in both representational and conceptual portraiture. The artists featured in this exhibition directly and indirectly examine the social, political, and cultural nuances of the Black face and head in fine art and popular visual culture.  This theme of Black portraiture has been primarily explored in photography and literature, yet rarely in fine art museum exhibitions. Several of the works are self-portraits, and a few are portraits of artists who are represented in the Mott-Warsh Collection.

In general, art museums seldom present portrait exhibitions.  This exhibition was organized as an attempt to fill that void and unite a group of artists, who rarely—if at all—are shown together in the same venue. Work by the following artists is featured in the exhibition:  Charles Alston, Robert Arneson, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Mary Borgman, Elizabeth Catlett, Chuck Close, Diane Edison, Chester Higgins, Jr., Whitfield Lovell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Allie McGhee, Hank Willis Thomas, Mildred Thompson, Alphonse van Woerkom, Charles White, Peter Williams, John Wilson, Richard Wyatt, Jr., and Richard Yarde.

This exhibition features artwork in a variety of media: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture.  Several of the works are small, intimate pieces, while other works are large in scale and domineering in their presence.

The Mott-Warsh Collection was initiated by Maryanne Mott and her husband, the late Herman Warsh in late 2001. With a focus on artworks created by artists of the African Diaspora, the Mott-Warsh Collection includes artworks produced in the 20th and 21st centuries by more than 150 artists, covering a range of media from drawing to painting, prints to photography, and mixed media to sculpture.

 Curated by Camille Ann Brewer


 

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