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Vibrant Art of the 20th Century on Display at St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery
FOR RELEASE: December 15, 2011
CONTACT: Gregory Shook, 410-626-2539
More than 50 paintings, drawings, and textile designs by Loïs Mailou Jones were influenced by great American movements of the 20th century. Many of the works are on view to the public for the first time in the “Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color” exhibition at St. John’s College’s Mitchell Gallery from January 10 to February 12. As part of the opening reception, Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg and special guest Dr. Chris Chapman, trustee of the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre Noël Trust, will lead a tour of the “Loïs Mailou Jones” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop. The opening reception will be held on January 15 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Loïs Mailou Jones was an international star in the 20th century art world as a painter, teacher, book illustrator, and textile designer; she lived through highly influential American movements such as the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights movement, and the recognition of African heritage. Jones’s long and prolific career is illustrated in her African-inspired works of the early 1930s, the landscapes, cityscapes, and figure studies of the 1940s, Haitian scenes of the 1950s and 1960s, and black Expressionist-inspired works of the 1970s. Jones’s works convey her struggles as a woman artist in a male-dominated profession, an African-American woman in an atmosphere of segregation, and a creative woman on a journey of self-discovery and affirmation.
This exhibition is organized by the Mint Museum of Art, Charlotte, N.C., in collaboration with the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre-Noël Trust, and toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C.
Exhibit-related events for “Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color”
January 15 Opening Reception and Family Program. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg and special guest Dr. Chris Chapman, trustee of the Loïs Mailou Jones Pierre Noël Trust, will lead a tour of the “Loïs Mailou Jones” exhibition followed by a hands-on workshop from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
January 25 Lecture. Carla Hanzal, curator of contemporary art at the Mint Museum, will discuss “Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color” at 7:30 p.m.
February 2 Book Club. Join members of the Mitchell Gallery Book Club for a docent tour of “Loïs Mailou Jones,” followed by a discussion of the book “The Wedding” by Dorothy West, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. St. John’s tutor David Townsend will lead the discussion. Registration is required. Contact Kathy Dulisse at 410-626-2530 or email@example.com.
February 8 Art Express. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will give a lunchtime gallery talk on the “Loïs Mailou Jones” exhibition from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Juice and sodas will be provided.
February 12 Sunday Afternoon Tour. Art Educator Lucinda Edinberg will lead a tour of the “Loïs Mailou Jones” exhibition at 3 p.m.