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Soul Stirring: African American Self-Taught Artists from the South

The late, renowned, self-taught artists honored in this important exhibition created stirring artworks with a variety of media. Leroy Almon imbued his carvings with devout faith; Sam Doyle painted Gullah history on cast-off roofing tin; Roy Ferdinand illustrated graphic urban tableaux on posterboard; Clementine Hunter rendered rich biographical paintings in oil; Sister Gertrude Morgan painted inspired testaments on recycled paper; Nellie Mae Rowe added delightful titles to her color-filled works; Herbert Singleton carved socio-politically themed wood bas reliefs; and the indomitable Purvis Young artfully renewed his neighborhood. The absence of formal training and lack of funds did not stifle our honorees' creative spirits or diminish their commitments to their communities. The originality and intensity of their artworks vividly establishes their indelible contributions to American art.

Grateful thanks to our lenders: American Folk Art Museum, High Museum of Art, House of Blues Collection, Gordon W. Bailey Collection, Blanchard-Hill Collection, Gilbert Collection, Audrey B. Heckler and Melinda J. Newman Collection.

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Exhibition Programs

Saturday, October 5, 2013 - 2pm - Exhibition Walk-Through
Guided tour with exhibition curator Mar Hollingsworth, followed by light refreshments. RSVP 213.744.2056

Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 2pm - Art Workshop
Southern Wind Chimes

Try your hand at making a wind chime in the Southern tradition under the direction of artist Lili Bernard. RSVP 213.744.2024

Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 1pm - Lecture and Workshop
Healings from the Earth/JuJu Bags

Guided by Alina Estrada, certified natural health practitioner, learn about Mother Nature's medicinal healing powers and later make your own sachet filled with herbs and spices. RSVP 213.744.2024

Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 2pm - Lecture
The Southern Migration West: California

The impact of Southern migration in Los Angeles and beyond presented by Dr. Angela James, Associate Professor of African American Studies at Loyola Marymount University.

Saturday, March 15, 2014 - 2pm - Lecture
African American Self-Taught Artists from LACMA's Permanent Collection

Presentation at CAAM by Franklin Sirmans, Contemporary Art Curator and Department Head for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. RSVP preferred 213.744.2024. Click here for more information.

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 2pm - Storytelling
Tales from the South
with Michael McCarthy