Sunday, March 19, 2000

Works from permanent collection coincide with Driskell exhibit

        Prints and drawings by African-American artists from the Cincinnati Art Museum's permanent collection will be shown in conjunction with Narratives of African American Art and Identity: The David C. Driskell Collection.

        The exhibition combines narrative and figurative work with abstraction and formalism. Narrative artists include Jacob Lawrence and Cincinnatian Thom Shaw. Issues of gender and race are addressed by Margo Humphrey, Adrian Piper, Lorna Simpson and Nelson Stevens.

        Abstraction and other modernist movements are represented by Sam Gilliam, Norman Lewis, John Dowell and Richard Hunt. Area artists Donald Sowell and Kevin Harris record scenes of Cincinnati.

        The works will be exhibited Friday through Oct. 29 in the Curatorial Galleries on the ground floor of the museum.

        These events also will coincide with the Driskell exhibition:

        • 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday; A Ride on the Underground Railroad: A Teacher's Event.

        The Cincinnati Chapter of Links Inc. presents an evening for educators and pre-service students to help participants gain an understanding of the rich heritage of African-American art and culture. To register call 639-2971.

        • 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8. Tell Me a Story: A Celebration of African American Culture.

        It's Family Fun Day at the Cincinnati Art Museum as artists, quilters, performers and storytellers share African-American traditions.

        • 4:30-7:30 p.m. April 26. Evening for Educators.

        Artist-collector David Driskell conducts a special evening designed to provide training and resources for integrating the visual arts across all curriculum areas.

        • 7:30 p.m. April 27. The Benesse Lecture on Art History.

        Mr. Driskell will speak about African American Art: An Historic Overview, in this annual lecture series sponsored by the Benesse Corp., the parent company of the Yasuo Kuniyoshi Museum in Okayama, Japan. Admission is $3; free to members. No reservations required.

        • Tours: Tours of Narratives of African American Art and Identity will be presented by museum docents noon-2 p.m. Tuesdayand Saturdayand April 1, 4, 15 and 25. The tour includes lunch in the Museum Cafe, Cost is $20, $15 for museum members. Call 639-2975 for reservations.

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