19 October–10 December 1995
This exhibition marked the first national tour of art from the collection of The Studio Museum in Harlem, a premier museum dedicated to the work of Black America and the African Diaspora. Included were works by African-American artists Romare Bearden, Fred Brown, Ed Clark, Herbert Gentry, Sam Gilliam, Richard Hunt, Norman Lewis, Kerry James Marshall, Valerie Maynard, Betye Saar, and William T. Williams. Primarily focused on the sense of pluralism that has long been at the core of the African-American art community, the exhibition revealed a broad scope of individual artistic and intellectual concerns.
A catalogue was published by The Studio Museum in Harlem, with an introduction by curator Valerie J. Mercer, biographical and bibliographical information on each of the artists, a general bibliography on African-American art, and color illustrations of each artist’s work.