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Huffman Gifts of Contemporary Southern Folk Art

Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom

Meeting the Moon

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lensf American Art

Question Bridge: Black Males

Huffman Gifts of Contemporary Southern Folk Art
April 7–September 13, 2021
Judith S. Moore Gallery

Allen & Barry Huffman have been collecting contemporary Southern folk art for the past 40 years. Both collectors are originally from the South, and their journey together has led them around the southeastern United States, from Florida to Alabama to their hometown of Hickory, NC. In each place, they formed bonds with regional artists and learned first-hand the narratives of each artwork. Within their collection are subsets of folk art, including self-taught artists driven to share their messages, crafts for the tourist market, and southern pottery. The guiding principle evident throughout their collection and the generous donation of contemporary Southern folk art that they’ve gifted to the Asheville Art Museum is the story told by each of these artists through their artworks.

This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Whitney Richardson, associate curator

Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom
April 2, 2021–June 21, 2021
Explore Asheville Exhibition Hall

Featuring more than 40 paintings and works on paper, Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom examines the career evolution of modern painter Beauford Delaney (Knoxville, TN 1901–1979 Paris, France) within the context of his 38-year friendship with writer James Baldwin (New York 1924–1987 Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France).

The works in this exhibition bring into special focus Delaney’s intensified experiments with abstraction sparked by the artist’s 1955 move to the Paris suburb of Clamart, as well as the ways that the artist and Baldwin’s ongoing intellectual exchange shaped one another’s creative output and worldview from their first meeting in 1940 until Delaney’s death in 1979. This exhibition also calls attention to Baldwin’s role as “witness” to the painter’s evolution, which he deemed “one of the most extraordinary personal and artistic journeys of our time.”

Baldwin found in Delaney a father figure, muse, and model of perseverance as a gay man of color, who opened for him the transformative possibility that a Black man could become an artist. Delaney found in Baldwin a powerful intellectual and spiritual anchor who inspired some of his finest works and who provided vital emotional support and creative validation. Amidst this selection of works, Delaney’s Clamart abstractions represent the pinnacle of his artistic achievements and the fullest realization of his lifelong search to express metaphysical concepts of light and movement. In an essay for a 1964 show at Galerie Lambert, Baldwin noted Delaney’s extraordinary painted light was such that it “held the power to illuminate, even to redeem and reconcile and heal.”

Beauford Delaney’s Metamorphosis into Freedom is organized by the Knoxville Museum of Art, which owns the largest and most comprehensive public collection of Beauford Delaney’s art

Meeting the Moon
Through July 26, 2021
McClinton Gallery

The year 2021 marks the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the Apollo space program at NASA, but that was hardly the beginning of humankind’s fascination with Earth’s only moon. Before space travel existed, the moon—its shape, its mystery, and the face we see in it—inspired countless artists. Once astronauts landed on the moon and we saw our world from a new perspective, a surge of creativity flooded the American art scene, in paintings, prints, sculpture, music, crafts, film, and poetry. This exhibition, whose title is taken from a 1913 Robert Frost poem, examines artwork in the Asheville Art Museum’s Collection of artists who were inspired by the unknown, then increasingly familiar moon.

Meeting the Moon includes works by nationally renowned artists Newcomb Pottery, James Rosenquist, Maltby Sykes, Paul Soldner, John Lewis, Richard Ritter (Bakersville, NC), and Mark Peiser (Penland, NC). Western North Carolina artists include Jane Peiser (Penland, NC), Jak Brewer (Zionville, NC), Dirck Cruser (Asheville, NC), George Peterson (Lake Toxaway, NC), John B. Neff (NC), and Maud Gatewood (Yanceyville, NC).

To accompany Meeting the Moon, the Museum has built a playlist in YouTube to complement and deepen the experience of the exhibition. The playlist, available here, is in chronological order and highlights some of the best-known Western (and mostly English-language) music, poetry, and spoken word that references the moon. Before 1961 the moon was often used as a metaphor for romance, and afterwards, meanings of exploration were often attached to it. The YouTube playlist is in no way exhaustive, but its works were in the curator’s mind as she put the exhibition together. It is meant to supplement the exhibition and illustrate how pervasive allusions to the moon are in our daily lives.

This exhibition is organized by the Asheville Art Museum and curated by Whitney Richardson, associate curator

Across the Atlantic: American Impressionism Through the French Lens
January 22–April 19, 2021
Appleby Foundation Exhibition Hall

This extraordinary exhibition, drawn from the collection of the Reading Public Museum, explores the path to Impressionism through the 19th century in France. The show examines the sometimes complex relationship between French Impressionism of the 1870s and 1880s and the American interpretation of the style in the decades that followed.

Seventy paintings and works on paper help tell the story of the “new style” of painting which developed at the end of the 19th century—one that emphasized light and atmospheric conditions, rapid or loose brushstrokes, and a focus on brightly colored scenes from everyday life, including both urban and rural settings when artists preferred to paint outdoors and capture changing effects of light during different times of day and seasons of the year.

Artists include Edgar Degas, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent, Berthe Morisot, and more.

The Museum collaborated with the Asheville Symphony to enhance the dynamic visual experience of Across the Atlantic through a second sense: sound. Musicians from the Symphony selected and recorded music composed in France and the United States by George Gershwin, Claude Debussy, and others at the same time as these artworks’ creation. Immerse yourself in the musical experience daily at 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm, with additional streams at 6pm and 8pm on Thursday evenings. To listen to similar music at other times on your smart device, access the Asheville Art Museum’s Across the Atlantic playlist on YouTube here.

This exhibition is ticketed:
$7 Museum Members
$10 non-members + Museum admission
Please note: Guest passes for complimentary general admission are not valid for this exhibition.

Question Bridge: Black Males
Multipurpose Space

Question Bridge: Black Males is a project that explores critically challenging issues within the African American male community by instigating a transmedia conversation among Black men across geographic, economic, generational, educational, and social strata of American society. Question Bridge provides a safe setting for necessary, honest expression and healing dialogue on themes that divide, unite, and puzzle Black males today in the United States.

Question Bridge originated in 1996, when artist Chris Johnson (born 1948) was looking for a way to use new-media art to generate meaningful conversation around class and generational divisions within San Diego’s African American community. Mediated through the lens of a video camera, 10 members of the Black community were provided a format to openly express their deeply felt beliefs and values through candid question-and-answer exchanges. None of the questions or answers were prompted. Over the course of four years, Johnson, along with fellow artists Hank Willis Thomas (born 1976), Bayeté Ross Smith (born 1976), and Kamal Sinclair (born 1976), traveled the nation collecting questions and answers from over 150 Black men in eight cities (New York, Chicago, Oakland, San Francisco, Birmingham, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Philadelphia) that comprise a video catalog of 1,500 exchanges. Within this extended community, surprising insights and new possibilities for witnessing our common humanity emerge.

Question Bridge: Black Males is a fiscally sponsored project of the Bay Area Video Coalition—a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization—and supported in part by a grant from the Open Society Institute: Campaign for Black Male Achievement, the California Endowment, the Ford Foundation, the Tribeca Film Institute, the LEF Foundation, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the California College of the Arts. The project was supported by the Sundance Institute’s New Frontier Story Lab.

Learn more: questionbridge.com

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