Museum Exhibition Dates: February 1 – April 16, 2022
Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists: 1945 through the Black Arts Movement explores the efflorescence of Detroit African American art in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, as artists responded to the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts Movements. This vibrant art scene rivaled that of New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The exhibition focuses on Harold Neal, who created some of the most forceful artistic statements of the era. It also features Neal’s predecessors, Hughie Lee Smith and Oliver LaGrone; his contemporaries, Glanton Dowdell, Jon Lockard, Henri King, LeRoy Foster and Shirley Woodson; and his successors Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts and Allie McGhee. These artists, in general, felt that art should speak directly to the experience of Black Americans using African American figurative subjects.
View the Exhibition artworks
360-Degree Virtual Exhibition
What is Black Art? Jon Lockard Talks With Harold Neal
Harold Neal and Detroit African American Artists Exhibition Artist Panel
This Exhibition is made possible with the support of the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs.