A New Mosaic: African American Art from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

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This exhibition features high-quality photographic reproductions of works by African American artists spanning nearly 200 years, from the 19th century through today. Encounter striking landscapes in the style of the Hudson River School, cityscapes integrating the mode of French Fauvism, the craftsmanship of a 19th-century professional furniture maker, and the contemporary integration of Japanese ukiyo-estyle prints with the symbolism of present-day urban American life. The exhibition showcases the great diversity in style, media, and subject matter of African American art.

The artworks in A New Mosaic were chosen from the VMFA collection providing an opportunity to see art by regional artists that have been in the collection for decades along with more recently acquired pieces by internationally celebrated figures. A New Mosaic demonstrates the growth of the museum’s collection of African American art from the first acquisition in the 1940s to almost the present day. While this exhibition is SOL-based and perfect for K – 12 students, anyone interested in art will enjoy the selection of works.

The eleven artists represented are Edward Mitchell Bannister, Leslie Bolling, iona rozeal brown, Thomas Day, Beauford Delaney, Robert S. Duncanson, George H. Ben Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Charles White, and Kehinde Wiley.

A New Mosaic is one of a variety of educational exhibitions available for statewide travel through the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. For details call 804.204.2681 or e-mail edpartner@vmfa.museum.

LIMITED Security
Suggested Loan Period: 4 to 6 Weeks
Fee: Free
Catalog Number: GA-113
Piece Size: 16″ x 20″
Running Feet: 18.3′
Boxed Weight: 80 lbs.

Educational Guide

Two levels of a teacher educational guide accompany A New Mosaic in pdf form: one is designed for grades K – 5 and the other for 6 – 12. Each guide includes lesson plans, vocabulary, pronunciation guide, curriculum connections, audio tour script, and additional background information. The borrower will be sent an attachment to access these guides. Wall labels are also in pdf form, which will be sent to the borrower via email for printing.

Related Resources

To supplement the exhibition, VMFA recommends the following related resources available through the Statewide Partnership Program. For more information or to schedule a speaker, workshop, or media resource, call 804.204.2681or email edpartner@vmfa.museum.

Performing Arts

World Beat Workshop
Robert Jospé, Drummer, Percussionist, and Composer, and Kevin Davis, Percussionist

Inner Rhythm
Robert Jospé, Drummer, Percussionist, and Composer

Inner Rhythm Educational Program
Robert Jospé, Drummer, Percussionist, and Composer

Michael Jefry Stevens and Friends: What is Jazz?
Michael Jefry Stevens, Jazz Composer and Pianist
Artist Workshops

Abstract Watercolor Exploration
Dawn Flores, Artist

Drawing on the Self
Dawn Flores, Artist

Oil Painting Basics
Marjorie Perrin, Artist and Educator

Landscape Painting
Marjorie Perrin, Artist and Educator
Speakers on the Arts

African American Art at VMFA
Karen Getty, Tour Services Coordinator, VMFA

Civil War to Civil Rights: How African American Artists Engage the Past
Evie Terrono, Associate Professor of Art History, Randolph-Macon College
Media Resources: DVDs

The Art of Romare Bearden
Betye and Alison Saar: Conjure Women of the Arts
Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth
Faith Ringgold: The Last Story Quilt
The Highwaymen: Florida’s Outsider Artists
Horace Pippin: There Will Be Peace
I Can Fly: Kids and African American Art
Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression
The Life and Art of William H. Johnson
What Color is Black … African American Art and The David C. Driskell Collection