Curated by Dr. Cledie Collins Taylor, Collect: The Power of Knowing honors art collectors who have preserved and shown us works we may not have seen on our own, especially art from the continent of Africa. The works show evidence of our creativity from the distant past to our current times. There is power in knowing this history.
In this exhibition, you will find traditional African pieces like the Mende helmet mask from the Edsel and Shirley Woodson Reid Collection, new schools of art from Africa — that are not about tradition but about expression — such as Prince Twins Seven-Seven’s painting from the collection of Modell Cheatham, works by African Americans like Charles McGee’s charcoal drawing from the collection of Ken Myree, and pieces made by self-taught artists, including Samuel Hodge’s stained glass window from the collection of Albert Nelson.
We thank all of the collectors who have shared their art for this exhibition. Special thanks go to Mr. Harold Braggs and Mr. Richard Harper for sending us the young collectors who are continuing this legacy.
Collect: The Power of Knowing is free museum admission.