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The Art of Elizabeth Catlett From the Collection of Samella Lewis
On view through January 22, 2023
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, South Carolina

This exhibition, featuring 30 prints and sculptures, celebrates artist Elizabeth Catlett and honors a half-century of her artistic activism in support of women, African Americans, and Mexican laborers. Using a stylized Modernist approach to figurative works, Catlett addresses themes including Black identity, motherhood, civil rights, and labor in this exhibition — issues she tackled with more freedom by emigrating permanently to Mexico in 1947.

Drawn from the personal collection of artist and art historian Dr. Samella Lewis, the exhibition also includes works by Lewis, for whom Catlett was a friend and mentor, and Catlett’s husband, Francisco Mora, with whom she worked at the famed communal graphics workshop Taller de Gráfica Popular in Mexico City.

[Image: Elizabeth Catlett, Door Key Child, 1987. Serigraph edition A/P © 2022 Mora-Catlett Family / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY]