Living Legacies: Art from the African American South presents the Toledo Museum of Art’s 2020–2021 acquisitions of twenty-four major works by twenty-one Black artists from the southern United States, acquired from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation. Ranging from large-scale assemblages and mixed media sculptures to paintings, textiles, and works on paper, the works are by artists Leroy Almon, Thornton Dial, Thornton Dial, Jr., Richard Dial, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, John B. Murray, Royal Robertson, Georgia Speller, Henry Speller, Luster Willis, Estelle Witherspoon, and Gee’s Bend, Alabama, quiltmakers Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Elizabeth Kennedy, Jessie T. Pettway, Lola Pettway, Lucy T. Pettway, Martha Pettway, Rita Mae Pettway, and Florine Smith. Living Legacies celebrates these artists’ innovative practices, crucial contributions to a broader understanding of American art, and their enduring legacies.
Published in conjunction with the exhibition Living Legacies: Art of the African American South, exclusively at the Toledo Museum of Art, January 15–May 1, 2022.
Written by Jessica Hong, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Toledo Museum of Art, with a preface by curatorial intern Ufuoma Ogbemudje.
Softcover. 9 1/4 x 6 3/4 inches, 96 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935172-62-1. Published by the Toledo Museum of Art. © 2022 Toledo Museum of Art