Discover Elizabeth Catlett’s affect with SCAD curator Humberto Moro – BLACK ART IN AMERICA™

Discover Elizabeth Catlett’s affect with SCAD curator Humberto Moro

Group exhibition
SEPT. 23, 2021 – JAN. 30, 2022

Introduced within the SCAD Museum of Artwork’s Evans Heart for African American Research, Elizabeth Catlett: Factors of Contact is an extended overdue exploration of the artist’s profound affect on creative observe at present. The group exhibition brings to view key prints and sculptures by Catlett (1915–2012) — a citizen of each the U.S. and Mexico — in dialog with modern works by dwelling artists from each international locations. In showcasing the work of latest Black American and Mexican artists with sturdy connections — typically direct references — to Catlett’s work, the exhibition demonstrates how the artist’s influences, considerations, and questions are very a lot alive in world modern tradition and creative observe, and highlights the methods wherein her works advocate for the dignity of all people.

Catlett’s ouevre is canonical but stays a discovery for a lot of. On view within the exhibition, the artist’s signature figurative works in varied mediums, together with wood-block prints, wooden carvings, and bronze sculptures, depict experiences of Black Individuals and Indigenous Mexican individuals within the twentieth century with readability and precision. On the identical time, the works have fun womanhood and the power of girls of colour in public roles corresponding to maker, laborer, educator, and civil rights activist, in addition to within the home area and familial roles of nurturer, mom, daughter, sister, and confidant. In these portrayals, Catlett reclaims the illustration of her topics in visible tradition and fearlessly speaks reality to energy. The conceptual framework of the presentation builds on earlier scholarship wherein the complexities of Catlett’s identification have unfolded and illuminates how her work meditates on these themes as realms of political resistance.

Featured artists
Elizabeth Catlett
Elizabeth Catlett in collaboration with David Mora Catlett
Francisco Mora
Mildred Beltré
Geles Cabrera
Jen Everett
Julieta Gil
Ariston Jacks
LaToya Hobbs
Josué Mejía
Pedro Reyes

In regards to the artist
The descendent of enslaved individuals from North Carolina, Elizabeth Catlett (b. 1915, Washington, D.C.; d. 2012, Cuernavaca, Mexico) is taken into account one of the vital vital artists of the previous century. Throughout her 60-year profession, Catlett initiated a dialogue between the Black Arts motion within the U.S., Mexico’s pre-Hispanic sculptural language, and Mexican Muralism and Social Realism, producing politically charged and aesthetically compelling works that commemorate the dignity of girls of colour and beliefs of human rights.


Elizabeth Catlett: Factors of Contact is organized by SCAD Museum of Artwork adjunct curator Humberto Moro, curator DJ Hellerman, and assistant curator Brittany Richmond. It’s the newest iteration in a collection offered on the Evans Heart, which has included exhibitions analyzing the work and influence of cultural figures corresponding to Jacob Lawrence and Frederick Douglass.


The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD college students, school, and workers with a sound SCAD Card. Open to the general public with the price of  museum admission.


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