Drawn from the local collection of Margaret and John Gottwald, Making History: 20th Century African American Art explores black artistic production and patronage through art previously in the collection of the Barnett Aden Gallery, an influential private gallery located in Washington, D.C., and among the first with an integrated stable of artists and patrons.

An innovative collaboration between VMFA and VCU’s Museum Studies graduate program, this student-organized exhibition features more than 50 works by 23 renowned and lesser known African American artists once associated with the pioneering Barnett Aden Gallery (1943 – 1969). A cross-section of art by the internationally acclaimed Elizabeth Catlett forms the core of the exhibition.

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