Closing reception for ‘Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection’ Jan. 18

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BELOIT, Wis. — A closing reception and panel discussion for “Looking Ahead: Portraits from the Mott-Warsh Collection” at The Wright Museum of Art at Beloit College is set for 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18.

Panel members will include Wanda Sloan, Beloit, Wis., resident; George Williams Jr., contemporary artist; and Marijuana Sawyer-Clardy, educator/administrator in higher education.

The exhibition features the Black face in representational and conceptual portraiture. The artists featured in this exhibition, both directly and indirectly, examine the social, political and culture nuances of the Black face and head in fine art and popular visual culture.

This theme of Black portraiture has been primarily explored in photography and literature, yet rarely in fine art museum exhibitions. Several of the works are self-portraits, and a few are portraits of artists who are represented in the Mott-Warsh Collection.

Work by the following artists is featured in the exhibition: Charles Alston, Robert Arneson, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Mary Borgman, Elizabeth Catlett, Chuck Close, Diane Edison, Chester Higgins Jr., Whitfield Lovell, Robert Mapplethorpe, Allie McGhee, Hank Willis Thomas, Mildred Thompson, Alphonse van Woerkom, Charles White, Peter Williams, John Wilson, Richard Wyatt Jr. and Richard Yarde.

This exhibition features artwork in a variety of media, including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture. Several of the works are small, intimate pieces, while other works are large in scale and domineering in their presence.

The Mott-Warsh Collection, based in Flint, Mich., is private art collection with a primary focus on work created by artists of African descent. The Mott-Warsh Collection lends artwork to Flint-area cultural institutions and museums across the country. Maryanne Mott and her husband, the late Herman Warsh, initiated the project as a means of making fine art accessible to residents of the City of Flint and places beyond. Camille Ann Brewer has worked as an adviser and curator with the Mott-Warsh Collection since its inception in 2001.

The showing in Beloit, Wis., is part of a national tour over a two-year period, containing approximately 30 works of art from the Mott-Warsh Collection in Flint, Mich. The tour was developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Art Services, an exhibition tour development company in Kansas City.

Refreshments will be served, all events are free and open to the public. Museum hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday.

Posted Jan. 16, 2013

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