May 25 – October 27, 2019 | BAER GALLERY
Norman Rockwell’s “The Four Freedoms”
In his address to the U.S. Congress in January 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt conveyed his vision of a postwar world that would be founded upon four foundational human rights: freedom of speech; freedom of religion; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. Inspired by Roosevelt’s speech and a desire to do more for the war effort, artist Norman Rockwell decided to illustrate the four freedoms as oil paintings (1943) for the Saturday Evening Post. These works were an outstanding success and were used by the Post and the U.S. Department of the Treasury to promote a joint campaign to sell war bonds and stamps. This exhibition presents four lithographic posters that were produced after Rockwell’s original paintings and explores their key roles in American society and popular culture during and after World War II.
June 8, 2019 – January 12, 2020 | GROH GALLERY
The Blues and the Abstract Truth: Voices of African-American Art
June 8: Reception and Curator’s talk, Daniel Fulco, Ph.D, 2:30pm
October 13: Talk between artists David Driskell and Curlee Raven Holton , 2-4pm
This exhibition features works created by African-American artists from 1929 to the present. The Blues and the Abstract Truth includes 60 paintings, sculptures, works on paper, and photographs drawn from the collections of University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, and the David C. Driskell Center for the Study of Visual Arts and Culture of African-Americans and the African Diaspora, University of Maryland, College Park. This exhibition focuses on themes related to popular culture, politics, race, and identity and it showcases works by artists such as Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Sam Gilliam, Alma Thomas, Faith Ringgold, Lorna Simpson, and Willie Cole.
This exhibition was organized by the University of Maryland, University College and the Driskell Center.