VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE: Building on the Legacy

March 14, 2019 - December 31, 2019
Location
Online
Access & Features
  • Open to the public
WILLIE COLE | American, born 1955 | Five Beauties Rising, 2012 | Intaglio and relief | © Willie Cole and Highpoint Editions | 2017.003, 1-5
WILLIE COLE | American, born 1955 | Five Beauties Rising, 2012 | Intaglio and relief | © Willie Cole and Highpoint Editions | 2017.003, 1-5

2019 marks the 400th year since the arrival of the first documented enslaved Africans in the Colony of Virginia. This history set into motion a legacy of racial exclusion that continues to affect our country hundreds of years later.

Throughout 2019, as part of American Evolution™, William & Mary, the Commonwealth of Virginia including the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and others will be holding special exhibitions, lectures and symposia to examine and recognize the important cultural legacy that African Americans have brought to Virginia and beyond as well as explore the difficult journey towards equality.

Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first African American students in residence at William & Mary, Building on the Legacy: African American Art from the Permanent Collection  was part of a yearlong program of special events during the 2017-2018 academic year, which spoke to themes of parity and desegregation. The original exhibition, held at the Muscarelle Museum of Art (September 2, 2017 - January 14, 2018), featured works that encompassed a variety of media, styles and eras, exemplifying the plurality of vision among these accomplished artists.

Re-created and expanded for VIRTUAL MUSCARELLE as part of the 2019 commemoration in the Commonwealth, Building on the Legacy embraces a panoply of approaches, ranging from the 19th-century realism of Henry Ossawa Tanner to the contemporary conceptualism of Martin Puryear.

Contact

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