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African American Works on Paper from the Cochran Collection
March 7 through July 4, 2004
The Long Island Museum in Stony Brook is proud to present African American Works on Paper from the Wes and Missy Cochran Collection. This exhibition features seventy-five prints, drawings, and watercolors, as well as mixed-media pieces, by sixty-four artists who have been creating art since the 1930s. The exhibit is on display in the Art Museum's Main Gallery. (right: Jacob Lawrence, Prophet II. Cochran Collection.)
Included in this exhibition are works by such well-known artists as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold, Sam Gilliam, Elizabeth Catlett and Howardena Pindell. Lesser known artists who merit more attention include John Wilson, James Wells, Marvin and Morgan Smith, Beverly Buchanan and Trena Banks, to name a few.
Wes and Missy Cochran come from a decidedly middle-class background (he is a stonemason, she is a public school teacher), and as such they defy all the stereotypical impressions and profiles of art collectors. The Cochran's have devoted their lives to supporting the arts, artists and collecting. They have amassed a vast and significant collection of more than 400 works on paper. (left: Jacob Lawrence, Amistad Incident, 1989. Cochran Collection.)
The Cochran Collection offers the viewer a rich survey of the work of African American artists in the twentieth century, ranging from the naturalistic to the abstract, from the socially and the politically engaged to the poetic and the hallucinatory. It poses and answers many questions. Is there a distinct theme -- or are there a number of distinct themes -- that distinguish African American artists from other artists? Are there visual tones and techniques that typically inhabit and illuminate their work?
Programs related to the art exhibit African American Works on Paper:
The Stony Brook venue of this exhibition is part of a seventeen-city national tour. The tour is developed and managed by Smith Kramer Fine Arts Services, Kansas City, Missouri. The exhibit is sponsored in part locally by Fleet Bank.(right: James Wells, African Fantasy, 1929. Linocut. Cochran Collection.
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