New exhibit exploring African-American art from Detroit opens Feb. 1 for Black History Month


SAGINAW, MI — A new exhibit celebrating works by black Detroit artists from the mid-1940s through the 1970s opens Tuesday, February 1, the first day of Black History Month, at the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum .

The museum is located on the campus of Saginaw Valley State University, 7400 Bay Road, Kochville Township.

The exhibit is described as follows on the SVSU website:

“”Harold Neal and the African-American Artists of Detroit: 1945 Through the Black Arts Movement” explores the efflorescence of African-American art in Detroit in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, as artists responded to the Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Arts movements. This vibrant art scene rivaled that of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

The exhibition focuses on Harold Neal, who created some of the most powerful artistic statements of the time. It also features Neal’s predecessors, Hughie Lee Smith and Oliver LaGrone; his contemporaries, Glanton Dowdell, Jon Lockard, Henri King, LeRoy Foster and Shirley Woodson; and his successors Aaron Ibn Pori Pitts and Allie McGhee. These artists, in general, felt that art should speak directly to the experience of Black Americans using African American figurative subjects.

The exhibition runs until Saturday, April 16.

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