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Artist as Activist and Visionary

Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden (1911–1988) was an artist of social conscience and action. Drawing on his own experiences, Bearden created narratives that reflect both the nostalgic rural North Carolina of his childhood and the vibrant urban life of places like Pittsburgh and Harlem. Bearden spent portions of his youth with his grandparents in Pittsburgh, graduating from Peabody High School in 1929. His 1984 mural Pittsburgh Recollections, installed at the Gateway T station, honors the city's history and its residents' work ethic. His work layers themes from literature and religion with everyday rituals like family dinners to create visual stories that depict and celebrate African American subjects. Featuring a diverse collection of original collages, watercolors, limited edition prints, and archival materials, this exhibition examines how Bearden agitated for social change through the visual arts and print media.
 

The exhibition was organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, New York, NY. Exhibition Tour Management by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Major support for the Pittsburgh presentation is provided by PNC.

Program Information

Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary

Dates: April 30, 2022 - September 18, 2022
Location: The Frick Art Museum
Admission:
Members: Free
Adults: $15
Seniors, students, and military: $13
Youth 6–16: $8
Youth 5 and under: Free
PA EBT ACCESS card users: $1

The Frick is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, offering free admission to active-duty military, national guard, and reserve personnel and up to five members of their families from May 21–Sept. 5.

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Programs

Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary is also made possible by

Partners:
Bob Hernandez and Karen Blumen
Millie and Gary Ryan
Tomayko Foundation
Nancy D. Washington, Ph.D.

Supporters:
Elizabeth E. Barker, Ph.D.
Dawn and Chris Fleischner
Barbara Noble Howard and Chris Howard, DPhil
James, Rebecca, and Hattie Mauch

Contributors:
Paul T. Harper, PhD, and Yodit Harper, DSW
Barb Weizenbaum and Bob Gorby
Susanne Wilkinson

Friends:
Daria Crawley
Deborah James
Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Schuetz
Darrell & Denise Smalley in support of Barbara Howard
Darrell Smalley
Maisha Sturdivant
Betsy and Charles Watkins

Community Supporters:
Anonymous (3)
Susan Bails and Howard Wein
Pegeen Eslami and Mohammad Eslami
David J. Fabilli
Jodi and Zeb Golomb
Alan James
Betsy and Jim Morgan
Mary A. Navarro
Bette B. Rom
Ellen A. Sandidge
Dawne Sohn and Diane Sohn
Judith Touré and Roy Briere
Traci Weatherford-Brown

Community Members:
Anonymous (2)
Ms. Elizabeth M. Albright
PJ and Dennis Aubrey
Susan Bonello
Susan Caplan and Jeremy Shmois
Elaine Effort
Chris and Norah Guignon
Norton Gusky
Donna Hetrick
Scarlet La Rue
Mary P. Mariani
D. McCaskill
Fritz Okie
Judy Hoffmann Shackney
Ghost Snyder
Ms. Monique Van Damme and Mr. Gregg Rosen
Sara Weeks-Gloddy
Dr. Mary Wylie

Above: Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988). Baptism (detail), 1975. Screenprint. © 2022 Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Exhibitions landing page: Romare Bearden (American, 1911–1988). Homage to Mary Lou (The Piano Lesson), (detail), 1983. Lithograph. © 2022 Romare Bearden Foundation / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Courtesy DC Moore Gallery, NY.

Exhibition Programs

Docent-led Tours of Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary
Thursdays and Sundays
Meet in The Frick Art Museum Rotunda.
06/30/2022 3:00 PM
Docent-led Tours of Romare Bearden: Artist as Activist and Visionary
Learn about the art and life of Romare Bearden. Tours will be offered every Thursday and Sunday.
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Bold as Bearden: An Artmaking Workshop
Education Center
Sunday, May 29, 1:30 PM
Wednesday, July 6, 7:00 PM
Wednesday, August 10, 1:30 PM
07/06/2022
Bold as Bearden: An Artmaking Workshop
Create a personalized collage in the style of Romare Bearden in these stand-alone workshops.
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Educator Workshop: Collage Tells a Story
Education Center
07/19/2022 9:30 AM
Educator Workshop: Collage Tells a Story
Learn how to use collage to encourage personal storytelling, art as activism, and collaborative cult...
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The Importance of the Black Artists' Collective
Online
07/20/2022 7:00 PM
The Importance of the Black Artists' Collective
Join Natiq Jalil, founder of The Coloured Section Black Artists' Collective, for a discussion about ...
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Summer Fridays at the Frick!
The Frick Pittsburgh
07/22/2022 5:00 PM
Summer Fridays at the Frick!
Join us for live music, food trucks, artmaking, and family fun!
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In the Gallery with Guest Labelists
The Frick Art Museum
08/16/2022 7:00 PM
In the Gallery with Guest Labelists
Spend an evening with Pittsburgh creatives who offered their perspectives as guest label writers for...
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