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Baltimore artist Stephen Towns on Declaration & Resistance and Fallingwater Residency

Nationally known painter and fiber artist, Stephen Towns (Baltimore, MD) is quite busy these days creating and finishing works for his upcoming solo exhibition, Stephen Towns: Declaration & Resistance, at The Westmoreland in 2022, while in residency at Fallingwater …

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Border Cantos | Sonic Border Exhibition Overview

Written by Chief Curator Barbara Jones

Opening on Sunday, May 30, Border Cantos | Sonic Border is a collaboration between American photographer Richard Misrach and Mexican American artist/composer Guillermo Galindo. Together, they explore the complexities of the Mexican-American border through …

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The Making of Pattern Makers

Like many art museums across the county, The Westmoreland postponed its temporary exhibition program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This provided the Museum with an opportunity to examine and exhibit our permanent collection in new and innovative ways, and it …

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African American Art in the 20th Century Exhibition Overview!

Written By Chief Curator Barbara Jones

This traveling exhibition, organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, presents 45 works dating from the 1930s to the 1990s by 34 black artists. These painters, sculptors, and printmakers participated in the multifaceted dialogues …

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Kerry James Marshall’s Lost Boys AKA BB

Years before Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Antwon Rose, and so many more African American youths lost their lives, Kerry James Marshall used acrylic and collage to create his Lost Boys portrait series, a memorial to the violent deaths …

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Loïs Mailou Jones’ Moon Masque

Loïs Mailou Jones’ Moon Masque, 1971, is a stunning piece of vibrant color and striking design. Masklike profiles and designs drawn from Ethiopian textiles surround a papier-mâché replica of a heart-shaped white Kwele mask from Zaire.

Though stylized, the …

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Sargent Johnson’s Mask

Internationally renowned sculptor Sargent Johnson was committed to creating positive representations of African Americans and focused on celebrating black female beauty through his work.

“It is the pure American Negro I am concerned with, aiming to show the natural beauty …

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Felrath Hines’ Red Stripe with Green Background

Felrath Hines’ “Red Stripe with Green Background,” with its tight geometric lines and bright hues, plays with the viewer’s perception. Red, yellow, and blue horizontal stripes separate a green gradient. A white pyramid bounded by black pierces the green plane …

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Beauford Delaney’s Can Fire in the Park

Beauford Delaney’s Can Fire in the Park, a swirling vignette of thickly applied paint in vivid hues, captures an urban scene of a group of men huddling around an open fire in a New York park.

Delaney developed vocabulary …

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Palmer Hayden’s The Janitor Who Paints

Artist Palmer Hayden’s The Janitor Who Paints features the common theme of an artist in his studio, but in 1969, he described this painting as “a sort of protest painting” of his own economic and social standing as well as …

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