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Philadelphia Museum Highlights 200 Years of Black Art

Artistic expression has its way of documenting the times and relaying a personal account of one’s world and societal view.

When it comes to art works created by Black people, there’s a special connection to what the body of work represents. From the depths of the painted eyes to the imagery with historical references, a story is being told. A freedom, in terms of perception, is being released and shared.

In January, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will introduce Represent: 200 Years of African American Art. Referred to as a survey, the exhibit will display the holdings of works by Black artists. The full exhibit will feature 75 art creations by over 50 artists with the earliest piece including silhouettes by Moses Williams that date to 1802.

Represent: 200 Years of African American Art also includes artworks by free and enslaved artists pre-Civil War. Henry Ossawa Turner’s painting entitled The Annunciation, 1898 serves as the centerpiece, reports the Wall Street Journal.

The works presented and curated by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and John Vick, engages dialogue that shows race still matters and is a topic of conversation whether dealing with politics, pop-culture, society and art.

The imagery depicts slavery, such as in Kara Walker’s 2010, “no world;” racism as in Lorna Simpson’s 1991 black-and-white “C-Ration;” and literary progression as in Jacob Lawrence’s 1944 “The Libraries Are Appreciated,” among many others.

Thought-provoking and reflective, the exhibition opens January 10, 2015 and runs through April 5, 2015.

Preview some of the work, here.