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Untold Stories: Inspired Storytelling and Narratives
Presented by Duke Energy
July 15 – September 4, 2016
Untold Stories is comprised of two exhibitions Inspired Storytelling: Tomengo’s Maitland Project and The African American Narrative, which explore two very different but traditionally under-represented populations – the working class at the turn of last century and African-Americans.
Inspired Storytelling: Tomengo’s Maitland Project
A&H’s former Artist-in-Action Trent Tomengo presents ‘The Maitland Project’ a series of oil paintings inspired by photographs, artifacts and profiles of working-class residents of Maitland and its surroundings from the late 1800s and early 1900s. This series was inspired by Trent Tomengo’s interest in the often overlooked history of the working class throughout the South. Tomengo was particularly inspired by Maitland’s history in relation to the neighboring Town of Eatonville after starting his residency as an A&H Artist-in-Action. This exhibition will feature twenty paintings of people who lived in this area in the late 1800s and early 1900s as representative of the working class that helped build cities and towns across the U.S. Profiles will include early black residents of Maitland, some of who became the citizens of Eatonville and Woodbridge. In addition, profiles will include early Swedish immigrants who came to work and live in Maitland. The African American Narrative
Ringgold, Bailey, Pindell and Simpson
Selected works from the Polk Museum of Art, Lakeland, FL
An exhibition recognizing noted contemporary African American artists from the permanent collection of the Polk Museum in Lakeland working in the narrative tradition addressing personal and historical themes. Artworks will include Faith Ringgold, Radcliffe Bailey, Howardena Pindell and Lorna Simpson. The Polk Museum of Art’s collection began in 1983 and has increased to include works by nationally and internationally recognized artists. Artist Faith Ringgold (b. 1930) is recognized as one of America’s leading storytellers and is best known for her painted ‘story’ quilts in which she draws on African American folklore for inspiration. Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968) Atlanta based artist Radcliffe Bailey is known for art that incorporates objects and themes from his family’s history, memory and the American journey. Howardena Pindell (b.1943) often addresses themes of racism, feminism, slavery and violence through the use of unconventional materials and paint. Lorna Simpson (b. 1960) explores race, gender and African American identity through the use of multimedia – photography and video.
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A&H's Maitland Art Center is open Tues - Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
231 West Packwood Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751
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