Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection
January 26, 2014 - April 13, 2014
Don't miss this opportunity to see the latest contemporary art by African American artists. Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection includes 50 works by 36 African American artists and three artists from the African Diaspora. This exhibition features some of the biggest names in contemporary African American art including Chakaia Booker, Michael Ray Charles, Lyle Ashton Harris, Rashid Johnson, Kehinde Wiley, and Kara Walker. The artists in this collection work on the cutting edge with a variety of media—including painting, photography, collage, sculpture, prints, and video, placing an emphasis on today's issues.
Former NBA player Elliot Perry and his wife, Kimberly Perry, began collecting African American art in 1996. Initially collecting works from the mid- to late 20th-century, their collecting focus shifted after they were introduced to contemporary art. Part owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, Perry has said that his passion for collecting art now rivals his love for basketball.
The FIA has partnered with the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in bringing this rich collection to Michigan. While the contemporary works are on view in Flint, works from the mid to late 20th century are on view in Detroit. Collaboratively, the museums have put together a catalogue featuring all of the works on view at both museums and FIA members receive free admission to the exhibition at the Charles H. Wright Museum—stop by the front desk for your pass.
For related programming, please see the Fleckenstein Video Gallery listing here.
Exhibition sponsored by
Frederick and Gloria Van Duyne Family Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Anonymous Donor Advised Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Flint
From the Exhibition
Nina Chanel Abney, American, b. 1982, Variation of a Love Supreme, 2009, acrylic on canvas, 77 1/2 x 44 1/2 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry. Credit: Image reproduced with permission from the artist
Radcliffe Bailey, American, b. 1968
Tricky, 2006, mixed media, 58 1/2 x 53 1/4 x 8 1/4 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry
Jeff Sonhouse, American, b. 1968, TOUGHER THAN TWO MOTHERF%$÷&eRS, 2007, mixed media and steel wool on board, 36 x 32 x 4 1/2 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry. Credit: Image reproduced with permission from the artist
Hank Willis Thomas, American, b. 1976, Basketball and Chain, 2007, lambda print, 60 x 40 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry. Credit: Image reproduced with permission from the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Wardell Milan, American, b. 1978, 'My mothers flower's grow tall. They grow as tall as she wants.', 2006, digital c-print
40 x 50 inches. Collection of Elliot and Kimberly Perry