Exhibition: The Human Spirit in African and African American Art
This exhibition celebrates the human figure in African and African American art with paintings, drawings, carved wood and additive sculpture. Artists use the human figure to represent many aspects of life from family characteristics and dynamics to large-scale societal structures. The figure, whether statically fixed in position or animated by dance, is an effective tool for communicating emotion, meaning and group dynamics. From the carved Igbo figures and ceremonial masks of West Africa to the gestured lines of people on the streets in Purvis Young’s paintings of Miami, representations of the human figure embody the creation, life cycle and regeneration of the individual and encompass group dynamics as they relate to social and political structures.
Included in the exhibition are loaned works from the African Art Collection of Alan and Susan Sokol Brown, mixed-media paintings by Purvis Young and contemporary work by Southwest Florida artists.