From Then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African-American Art

Through May 9, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Cleveland

Thirteen important contemporary African-American works from the AMAM’s collection are
on view in the exhibition From Then to Now: Masterworks of Contemporary African-American Art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. The exhibition marks the first time that holdings of contemporary African-American art from five local collections—
the AMAM, the Akron Art Museum, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Cleveland Clinic Collection,
and the Progressive Collection—have been shown together.

Through works on paper, paintings, sculpture, and installations dating from the 1970s to today, the 25 artists represented in the exhibition examine history, identity, and memory through an African-American lens. The AMAM’s contribution to the exhibition includes important works by Romare Bearden, Chakaia Booker, Willie Cole, Leonardo Drew, Sam Gilliam, Renée Green, Rashid Johnson, Faith Ringgold, Alison Saar, and Lorna Simpson.

This exhibition is curated by Margo A. Crutchfield, Senior Curator, MOCA Cleveland


Romare Bearden (American, 1911 - 1988)
Conjur Woman, 1975
Collage with spray paint on paper
R.T. Miller Jr. Fund, 2001.3