Exhibitions

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art
 

Initiation—Liberia, by Lois Mailou Jones, 1983. Collection of the artist. Photograph by Tom Jenkins, Dallas Museum of Art.

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art is a photographic exhibition that addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: "What is Africa to me?" Black Art—Ancestral Legacy provides a number of examples from twentieth century African American artists—both trained and untrained—that visually respond to this question. These modern artists draw heavily on African influence, while simultaneously reinterpreting it for a different time and place. The result is a lively and vibrant mix of artworks. 

Exhibition

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art features the work of forty-five artists, including unknown Africans and Haitians, through photographs, posters, and concise texts. Panel topics include:

  • Captivity and slavery
  • Faces and masks
  • African physiognomy
  • Turtles and snakes
  • Dancers
  • Mutiny
  • Spiritual blessings
  • Talismanic carvings and paintings
  • Metal sculptures
  • Ritual poses, masks, and details
  • Music, dance, and carnival

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy is based on the major exhibition organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Exhibition Formats

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy: The African Impulse in African American Art is available in two formats:

Freestanding (Copy 1) 
LanguageEnglish
Content10 double-sided panels (26” x 36”)
11 support legs (70” tall) 
Space Requirements91 square feet of floor space (13’ x 7’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 Rotomold cases, and 1 plastic case:
  • 45" x 33" x 9" - 89 lbs.
  • 45" x 33" x 9" - 89 lbs.
  • 76" x 8" x 7" - 45 lbs.
Rental Fee*$425*
Rental Period4 weeks
Freestanding (Copy 2) 
LanguageEnglish
Content10 double-sided panels (26” x 36”)
11 support legs (70” tall)
Space Requirements91 square feet of floor space (13’ x 7’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 Rotomold cases, and 1 plastic case:
  • 44” x 32” x 11” - 85 lbs.
  • 44” x 32” x 11” - 85 lbs.
  • 79" x 6" x 6" - 34 lbs.
Rental Fee$425
Rental Period4 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Print Materials

A specified number of brochures and posters are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee: 

  • 50 brochures with an essay from the major exhibition 
  • 10 posters

Publicity Materials

Press release

Black Art—Ancestral Legacy press release.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request. 

Humanities Texas logos 

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email
exhibitions@humanitiestexas.org

2018 Bookings to Date


Lubbock Public Library
(Freestanding 1)
02/12/2018–03/12/2018