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Dallas Museum of Art Celebrates Black History Month

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Dallas Museum of Art

In February (continuing into early March), we celebrate the important contributions of African American artists to the visual arts, music, drama, and dance. Of special note is our “Art from Africa to America” Family Day Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 27; two programs with photographer David Herman, Jr., the DMA’s Center for Creative Connections visiting artist of the month; and the March 4 “Arts & Letters Live” appearance of the renowned Samella Lewis & Madison Smartt Bell to discuss Toussaint L’Ouverture, the Haitian Revolution, and the art of Jacob Lawrence.

Daily Matinees: Performances on Film

Weekdays, 2:00 p.m., The Stage
Included in general admission to the Museum

Tuesdays: Romare Bearden: Visual Jazz (28 minutes)

Narrated by acclaimed musician Wynton Marsalis, this film draws parallels between jazz and the art of Romare Bearden, whose collage Soul Three is featured in the All the World’s a Stage exhibition. In addition to interviews with curators, printmakers, and scholars, it also features footage of Bearden at work in his studio.

Wednesdays: The American Dance Festival’s Dancing in the Light (57 minutes)

The American Dance Festival presents six classic dances created by African-American choreographers. The selected dances, created over a fifty-seven-year span, have each influenced the course of contemporary modern dance, and often embody the social, political, moral, and spiritual concerns of their periods.

Dancing in the Light is presented courtesy of the American Dance Festival.

Thursdays: The Blues: Feel Like Going Home (110 minutes)

Directed by Martin Scorcese, Feel Like Going Home explores and celebrates the Blues. The film features original performances by acclaimed musicians like Taj Mahal and Keb’ Mo’ as well as archival footage of musical legends Leadbelly, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker, among others.

Fridays: The Gospel at Colonus (90 minutes)

A renowned collaboration between experimental theater director Lee Breuer and composer Bob Telson, The Gospel at Colonus presents Sophocles’ classical tragedy Oedipus at Colonus through the medium of modern gospel. This film version of the celebrated 1985 Philadelphia performance features Clarence Fountain and the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Morgan Freeman, and Robert Earl Jones.

Performances in The Stage

Saturdays and Sundays, 2:00 p.m., All the World’s a Stage exhibition, Included in general admission to the Museum. Explore the exhibition All the World’s a Stage while enjoying dance, music, and theater performances. For information call 214-922-1826.

February 13 & 14
Dance performances inspired by “All the World’s a Stage,” Dallas Black Dance Theatre

February 27 & 28
The Music of Leadbelly and Other Classics inspired by Owen’s “Leadbelly,” Roger Boykin

February Visiting Artist: David Herman, Jr.

Through photography, David Herman captures a slice of reality that lives well beyond its present moment. His sensitive eye eloquently captures the spirit of his subjects that connects people to each other. You can learn more about his art and work with him during this month’s programs.

David Herman will lead the following programs:

Thursday, February 11: Tech Lab: Open Lab
Thursday, February 18: DIY@DMA

Art from Africa to America Family Celebration

Saturday, February 27, 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

View works in the African collection and in the exhibition, Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture and then stop by the Center for Creative Connections to enjoy storytelling, a musical performance by Len Barnett, art making activities, and a hands-on demonstration with the artist, Jean Lacy.

Gallery Talk

Wednesday, March 3, 2010; 12:15 pm

Explore the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture with Shannon Karol, Tour Coordinator Dallas Museum of Art Meet at the main (Hamon) Visitor Services Desk

Free with general admission

Arts and Letters

Samella Lewis and Madison Smartt Bell

Thursday, March 4, 2010; 7:30 pm

In celebration of the exhibition Jacob Lawrence: The Life of Toussaint L’Ouverture

Madison Smartt Bell is the author of Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, the first biography about the fascinating leader of the Haitian revolution to appear in English in more than fifty years. Bell has written thirteen novels, including the Haitian Revolutionary trilogy—a dramatic imagining of the revolution that transformed the French colony of Saint-Domingue into the independent black nation of Haiti. All Souls Rising, the first novel in the trilogy, was a finalist for the 1995 National Book Award and the winner of the 1996 Anisfield-Wolf Award for best book of the year dealing with matters of race.

Samella Lewis is a groundbreaking artist, art historian, curator and educator. Her seminal book African American Art and Artists reveals the rich legacy of African American artists from the colonial era to the present. She will share memories of her friend and fellow artist Jacob Lawrence. Madison Smartt Bell is the author of Toussaint Louverture: A Biography, the first biography of the fascinating leader of the Haitian Revolution to appear in English in more than fifty years. All Souls Rising, the first novel Bell’s Haitian Revolution trilogy, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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