History Refused to Die: Highlights from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation Gift
May 22nd – September 23rd, 2018
The Met Fifth Avenue
A new exhibition presenting 30 works in a range of mediums by self-taught contemporary African American artists, “History Refused to Die” celebrates the 2014 gift to The Met of works of art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preserving the work of black artists from the American South.
The show features work spanning drawing, painting, sculpture and textile by artists including Thornton Dial, Annie Mae Young, Lucy Mingo, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lonnie Holley and more. The works explore their makers’ cultural legacy and roots through the use of found and repurposed material, creating a dialogue on the legacies of slavery and post-Reconstruction oppression under Jim Crow laws. Prior to the show’s opening tomorrow, preview a selection of works here!