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Promises of Freedom: Selections from the Arthur Primas Collection

This exhibition showcases 73 of the 600 works of art covering 150 years in the personal collection of Arthur Primas. Included are paintings, sculptures and works on paper, with an early piece going back to 1802-03 and the Haitian Revolution. Other important work in the show has been crafted by Edward Bannister, Hale Woodruff, Aaron Douglas, Beauford Delaney, Charles Alston and Richmond Barthé. Many of the artists exhibited carried forward the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance, including Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Hughie Lee-Smith, Bob Thompson, Richard Mayhew and Bennie Andrews. There are a number of extremely rare and significant artworks by Charles White and other artists who blossomed during the Civil Rights period like Robert Colescott, Brian Collier, and Howardena Pindell. Black artists have long struggled for inclusion in society's marketplace of art. Until recently, art history curriculums and literature did not give adequate recognition to African American artists. We applaud Arthur Primas for acknowledging their significant creativity, achievements and contribution to the history of American Art.

This exhibition was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, California, in association with the Heritage Gallery, Los Angeles, California. Exhibition tour management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

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Exhibition Programs

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 1:00pm - Discussion - Meet "The Guardian" of The Collection
Arthur Primas has assembled a stellar collection of nearly 600 pieces of art created by some of the most distinguished African American artists. Mr. Primas will discuss his vision and philosophy of collecting. RSVP (213) 744-2024.

Sunday, June 10, 2012, 2:00pm - Tour
Catalog essayist Stephen Hardy will tour The Arthur Primas Collection within its historical and aesthetic framework while focusing in on many of the artists represented in the exhibition.

Sunday, July 21, 2012, 2:00pm - Art Workshop
Participants experiment with various methods, techniques and styles featured in the Primas art collection - including tempera painting and collage.  RSVP at (213) 744-2024. 

Saturday, August 18, 2012, 2:00 pm - Documentary Film Screenings
TWO AFRICAN AMERICAN MASTERS - Jacob Lawrence:  An Intimate Portrait (30 minutes) and The Art of Romare Bearden (25 minutes)

Gain a better understanding of the lives and work of two exceptional visual storytellers whose innovative style places them among the 20th Century's most creative and original visual artists.  RSVP at (213) 744-2024.