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

This exhibition addresses the question posed by African American poet Countee Cullen in 1926: “What is Africa to me?”  This exhibition 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 exhibition surveys the work of forty-five artists, including unknown Africans and Haitians, through photographs, posters, and concise texts. For more information, contact the Lubbock Public Library – Patterson Branch.

February 12 – March 12, 2018
Lubbock Public Library – Patterson Branch
1836 Parkway
Lubbock, TX 79403


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