African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center

Posted: 10/28/2015

Man in Boat Etching 2006 18" x 24" Man in Boat Etching 2006 18" x 24"

Joseph Holston was one of 53 artists included in the exhibition “African American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center,” which opened in 2012 at the Driskell Center. According to the Center, the exhibition “reflects the growing prominence—and complexity—of the field of African American art over the past 60 years.” It included works by Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Sam Gilliam, Kara Walker, Keith Morrison, Faith Ringgold, and Camille Billops, among many others.

Over thirty-five years ago, when prominent artist, collector, and scholar David C. Driskell developed the 1976 exhibition “Two Centuries of Black American Art: 1750-1950,” organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, he introduced the tremendous depth and breadth of African American art and creativity to an international audience. The exhibition, curated by Dr. Robert E. Steele and Dorit Yaron, the David C. Driskell Center’s Former Executive Director and Deputy Director, respectively, and Independent Scholar Dr. Adrienne L. Childs, honors the legacy of this landmark exhibition and brings to the nation the next pivotal chapter of African American art.

Exhibition venues included the Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, OH, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, NC.; the Figge Art Museum, Davenport, IA; the Polk Museum of Art in Lakeland, FL., and the Sheldon Museum of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.