Minneapolis Institute of Art Gets an Infusion of African-American Art

By Alicia Eler
Above: Herbert Singleton, "Crucifixion Coffee Table," 1995. All images courtesy of Souls Grown Deep Foundation and Minneapolis Institute of Art.
MINNEAPOLIS---Minneapolis Institute of Art just acquired 33 new works by African-American artists from the South. The art came via the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an organization dedicated to placing those artists in museums' permanent collections. “Mia really needs to increase its representation of various African-American traditions in art,” said Bob Cozzolino, a painting curator at the museum, who worked on this acquisition with Nicole LaBouff, associate curator of textiles. “Relative to other encyclopedic museums, we don’t really have a high percentage of works by African-American artists.” These works will become part of a show in 2020. [More]
Above: Lonnie Holley, "Pressure From the Burn" (1995) employs found wood, fire hose and nails.

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