The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History premieres the Visions of Our 44th President, a sculptural art exhibition on display now through August 2013. Portraying a present-day historical achievement in African American history through contemporary art, including works by Tyree Guyton, Gale Fulton Ross, Faith Ringgold and Kadir Nelson, this groundbreaking exhibit will become The Wright Museum’s first national traveling exhibition.
Visions of Our 44th President was created to honor and celebrate the historical significance of the first African American President of the United States, Barack Obama. Forty-four busts were created from a model that served as a blank canvas, giving forty-four contemporary artists from across the country free reign to creatively interpret this milestone in American history.
“After close study of each of the artists’ work, one experiences so many different emotions, understanding the artists’ talent, inspiration and creativity,” said Peter Kaplan of Our World, LLC, who collaborated with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History on the exhibit. He continued, “Some of the painted busts are thought provoking, serious and strong, some simply lovely and sweet; all are unique and revealing.”
In 2008, Kaplan represented an artist that created one of the official posters for the Obama campaign. Through that association of creativity and purpose, Visions became Kaplan’s dream. It took four years for the exhibition to come to fruition, and Kaplan says the exhibition’s “integration of art, culture and promise are my passion.”
A special media-only event takes place Thursday, October 11, 2012 from 10 am – 12 pm, including remarks by Museum President & CEO Juanita Moore and Visions Guest Curator Ashley Whitfield, and a private tour of the exhibition with several of the featured artists. Light refreshments will be served.
To RSVP for this event, please call Ted Canaday at (313) 494-5863 or email your information to
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PLEASE NOTE: Visions of Our 44th President is not a political exhibit, and is not funded or endorsed by, or affiliated with, the reelection campaign of President Barack Obama, the Democratic Party, or any associated political action committees or efforts.
The artists featured in Visions of our 44th President are (in alphabetical order): Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, (Carbondale, Illinois), Nina Chanel Abney (New York, New York), Mason Archie (Indianapolis, Indiana), Arthur Bacon (Talladega, Alabama), Phoebe Beasley (Los Angeles, California), Charles Bibbs (Riverside, California), Hebru Brantley (Chicago, Illinois), Larry Poncho Brown (Baltimore, Maryland), Barbara Bullock (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Nanette Carter (New York, New York), Melvin Clark (Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania), Kevin Cole (Atlanta, Georgia), D. DelReverda-Jennings (Indianapolis, Indiana), Louis Delsarte (Atlanta, Georgia), Najee Dorsey (Atlanta, Georgia), Ted Ellis (Houston, Texas), Tatyana Fazlaizadeh (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania), Gale Fulton Ross (Sarasota, Florida), Tyrone Geter (Elgin, South Carolina), Paul Goodnight (Boston, Massachusetts), Tyree Guyton (Detroit, Michigan), Barkley L. Hendricks (New London, Connecticut), Mildred Howard (San Francisco, California), Preston Jackson (Chicago, Illinois), Dayo Laoye (Chicago, Illinois), Tamara Natalie Madden (Atlanta, Georgia), Allie McGhee (Detroit, Michigan), Angelbert Metoyer (New Orleans, Louisiana), Wangechi Mutu (New York, New York), Kadir Nelson (Los Angeles, California), Joyce Owens (Chicago, Illinois), Charly Palmer (Atlanta, Georgia), Howardena Pindell (New York, New York), Faith Ringgold (Englewood, New Jersey), Cory Saint Clair (Richmond, Virginia), Preston Sampson (Baltimore, Maryland), Joyce J. Scott (Baltimore, Maryland), Gilda Snowden (Detroit, Michigan), Felandus Thames (New York, New York), Carrie Mae Weems (Upstate New York), Pheoris West (Columbus, Ohio), Philemona Williamson (Montclair, New Jersey), Mamie Yanu Willis (Albuquerque, New Mexico), and Shirley Woodson (Detroit, Michigan).
Visions of Our 44th President premieres at The Wright Museum before becoming its first national traveling exhibit, visiting museums, libraries, universities and galleries across the country. At the conclusion of the tour, the exhibit will become a part of The Wright Museum’s permanent collection. Visions of Our 44th President is guest curated by Ashley Whitfield.
The Wright Museum, located at 315 East Warren Avenue in Midtown Detroit’s Cultural Center, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 am until 5 pm, and on Sundays from 1 until 5 pm. Visions of Our 44th President is on display through August 4, 2013, and is free with museum admission, which is $8 for adults (ages 13-61), and $5 for seniors (62+) and youth (3-12). Admission is free for Museum members and children under 3.
Founded in 1965, the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. For more information, please visit www.TheWright.org.