January 12, 2021
Emma Amos’s journey to turn into a distinguished artist is nothing wanting extraordinary. She was focused on artwork from a younger age, though segregation prevented her from having the ability totally to take pleasure in and expertise the humanities in museums and different public “separate-but-equal” areas. “Emma Amos: Colour Odyssey,” a retrospective solo exhibition organized by the Georgia Museum of Artwork on the College of Georgia, not solely reveals her presence and progress as an artist, but additionally highlights the social change for which Amos fought.
“Emma Amos: Colour Odyssey” will likely be on view on the Georgia Museum of Artwork January 30 by April 25, 2021, earlier than touring to the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute from June 19 to September 12, 2021, and the Philadelphia Museum of Artwork from October 9, 2021, to January 2, 2022. The exhibition contains over 60 works Amos remodeled the course of her profession, with the earliest from the late Fifties and the most recent round 2015. It contains examples of portray, printmaking and textile-based mixed-media works, which she moved amongst and recombined recurrently.
Amos was the one girl in Spiral, a gaggle of Black artists who got here collectively to look at their relationship with artwork and activism. They usually disagreed on key matters, often concerning if and the way they need to handle social points as a gaggle and inside their artwork. Some members, together with Amos, didn’t like separating “Black” artwork from all different artwork, however others noticed no goal in persevering with Spiral if to not perpetuate the expansion of the Black artwork scene. To Amos, being Black was a political assertion, however she needed to handle varied points concerning race, gender, class, and energy throughout the artwork world and in society as an entire, not simply the adversities of Black individuals. After her demise, it was even revealed that she was additionally a member of the Guerilla Women, a feminist artwork collective whose members put on masks to maintain their identities nameless. Amos actively fought towards misogyny within the artwork world and developed as a feminist artist delicate to the nuances of race, age and class-oriented politics of her time by her educating and writing however most of all her artwork.
Amos knew that like many different artists of coloration, she wouldn’t obtain rapid recognition by the artwork neighborhood. Through the 2010s, she obtained a surge of consideration on account of participation in main touring exhibitions. In 2016, the Georgia Museum of Artwork honored her with its Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Award. Shawnya L. Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Artwork, had gotten to know Amos and had already started to work on her as the topic of an expansive exhibition.
Harris says, “Amos is considered one of a number of Black girls artists whose contribution to artwork historical past deserves consideration and critique. Placing collectively a number of a long time price of her work supplies a particular alternative to study extra about her profession, methods and concepts, inviting re-evaluation and new audiences in relation to her inventive development.” Amos died in Could 2020, however her legacy lives on within the artwork she created and the contributions she made to a greater society.
The museum is publishing a scholarly exhibition catalogue to accompany the present, with essays by Harris; Lisa Farrington of Howard College; artist LaToya Ruby Frazier; Laurel Garber, Park Household Assistant Curator of Prints and Drawings on the Philadelphia Museum of Artwork; artist Kay Walkingstick; and Phoebe Wolfskill, affiliate professor within the departments of American research and African American and African Diaspora research at Indiana College.
“Emma Amos: Colour Odyssey” is sponsored by the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts, the Willson Heart for Humanities and Arts, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Basis and the Associates of the Georgia Museum of Artwork.
Associated occasions in the course of the course of the exhibition embody:
• A digital dialogue with curator Shawnya Harris and different students, artists and curators on February 4 at 4 p.m.
• Household Day To-Go: Colour Odyssey, with free artwork kits that may be picked up on the museum February 11 by 14 (whereas provides final). Household Day is sponsored by Heyward Allen Motor Co., Inc., Heyward Allen Toyota and the Associates of the Georgia Museum of Artwork.
• This yr’s Rising Students Symposium: “Visualizing Id: Exploring Dimensions of the Self by Artwork” (February 18 – 20)
• Toddler Tuesday To-Go: Colour Adventures on February 23, with a storytime video and a associated artwork exercise, posted on the museum’s Artwork at Dwelling web page
• An Clever Dialog with Callan Steinmann, curator of training, main shut wanting and dialog about chosen works from the exhibition on Zoom on March 17 at 1 p.m.
• And a Teen Studio through Zoom, on March 25 at 5:30 p.m. for ages 13 – 18. This program is free, however artwork provide kits are restricted. Please e-mail email@example.com to register.
Partial help for the exhibitions and packages on the Georgia Museum of Artwork is supplied by the Georgia Council for the Arts by the appropriations of the Georgia Common Meeting. The Georgia Council for the Arts additionally receives help from its accomplice company, the Nationwide Endowment for the Arts. People, foundations and firms present further
museum help by their presents to the College of Georgia Basis.
The Georgia Museum of Artwork is situated within the Performing and Visible Arts Advanced on the East Campus of the College of Georgia. The handle is 90 Carlton Road, College of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-1502.
This press launch was produced by the Georgia Museum of Art. The views expressed are the writer’s personal.