Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art
On view through May 14, 2023
Taft Museum of Art
“Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art” features over 60 works from the personal collection of Kerry Davis—a retired postal worker—and C. Betty Davis—a former television news producer.
The expansive collection includes paintings, prints, drawings, photographs, sculptures, and mixed media by well-known African American artists with wide-ranging approaches and subject matter. Works of note include Romare Bearden’s improvisational portrayal of a lively jazz quartet, photographer Gordon Parks’ documentation of racial and economic disparity, and printmaker Charles White’s “images of dignity.” Other key pieces include abstract compositions by Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, and Alma Thomas, defiant and heroic portraits by Elizabeth Catlett, and historically and socially conscious works by Jacob Lawrence and Aaron Douglas.
Read more and find programming here: https://www.taftmuseum.org/exhibitions/memories
[Image: Romare Bearden, Record Date, 1979, monotype. Photo by Gregory Staley, © 2022 Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY]