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Perspective on the Past

Selections from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection of African American Art

Jan 11 - Mar 10, 2024

Barbara Crawford Gallery
Springside Chestnut Hill Academy

500 West Willow Grove Ave  
|  Philadelphia, PA

Sun, March 10, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Perspective on the Past brings together over 20 works by 14 internationally recognized artists of African descent that address significant moments and concepts in the American past. Artists engage the past not only as it has appeared in the written historical record, but also as it has been experienced, through both personal and cultural memories that extend back to recent and distant generations. Focusing on figures and events from the national, private, and ancestral pasts, the works in this exhibition re-consider familiar accounts in American history and prioritize lesser-known narratives, expanding the limits of conventional perspectives on the past.

Calvin Burnett
Syd Carpenter
Tawny Chatmon
Sonya Clark
Jacob Lawrence
June Edmonds
Walter Edmonds

Allan Edmunds
Martina Johnson-Allen
Delita Martin
Debra Priestly
Faith Ringgold
Kara Walker
Richard J. Watson

All selections in Perspective on the Past are drawn from the Petrucci Family Foundation (PFF) Collection of African American Art, a non-profit educational organization based in New Jersey. This collection consists of over 500 stellar works of art from the late 19th century to the present with an emphasis on contemporary artists. By visually representing a cross-section of themes that speak not only to the African American community but also to the broader American community, the PFF Collection enacts its mission to bring focus to the full range of African American visual creativity and its essential place in the history and discourse of American art.

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for details about each work

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