PORTRAITURE EXHIBITION AT THE MUSEUM OF TTU

PORTRAITURE EXHIBITION AT THE MUSEUM OF TTU

LUBBOCK, TX— The Museum of Texas Tech University is pleased to announce the traveling exhibition Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection, organized by the Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, MI, and curated by Camille Ann Brewer. The exhibition will open September 11 and run through November 20, 2011, at the Museum, located at 3301 4th Street and Indiana Avenue, where the parking and admission are free. The exhibition features the Black face in representational and conceptual portraiture. The artists featured in this exhibition, directly and indirectly, examine the social, political, and culture nuances of the Black face and head in fine art and popular visual culture. This theme of Black portraiture has been primarily explored in photography and literature, yet rarely in fine art museum exhibitions.{{more}} Several of the works are self-portraits, and a few are portraits of artists who are represented in the Mott-Warsh Collection. In general, museums seldom present portrait exhibitions. This exhibition was organized as an attempt to help fill that void, and unite a group of artists, who rarely if at all, are shown together in the same venue. Work by the following artists is featured in the John Wilson , Monument to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 2005, bronze.exhibition: Charles Alston, Robert Arneson, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Mary Borgman, Elizabeth Catlett, Chuck Close, Diane Edison, Chester Higgins, Jr., Whitfield Lovell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Allie McGhee, Hank Willis Thomas, Mildred Thompson, Alphonse van Woerkom, Charles White, Peter Williams, John Wilson, Richard Wyatt, Jr., and Richard Yarde. This exhibition features artwork in a variety of media: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Several of the works are small, intimate pieces, while other works are large in scale and domineering in their presence.The Mott-Warsh Collection, based in Flint, MI, is private art collection with a primary focus on work created by artists of African descent. The Mott-Warsh Collection lends artwork to Flint area cultural institutions and museums across the country. Maryanne Mott and, her husband, the late Herman Warsh initiatedRomare Bearden , Mother and Child, 1969, collage. the project as a means of making fine art accessible to residents of the City of Flint and places beyond. Camille Ann Brewer has worked as an advisor and curator with the Mott-Warsh Collection since its inception in 2001.The showing here is part of a national tour over two year period, containing approximately 30 works of art from the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, MI. The tour was developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company located in Kansas City, MO.To request special assistance, contact the Museum Education office at museum.education@ttu.edu, or call 742-2432. Stay up to date with MoTTU exhibitions and events at www.museum.ttu.edu. “There’s something for everyone at the Museum.”Credit line:Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, MI. Curated by Camille Ann Brewer. Tour developed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, Kansas City, MO.Elizabeth Catlett , Sharecropper, 1968, linocut.