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The Black Aesthetic Exhibition :: Panel Discussion
B2 Fine Art Gallery
Tacoma, WA
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The Black Aesthetic Exhibition :: Panel Discussion
VERB Lecture Series :: Black Aesthetic Exhibition Panel Discussion
(project partner Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute)
Sunday, October 12, 2014 | 3pm
$20 General Adm. / $10 w/Student ID
(reception to follow)

B2 Gallery VERB LECTURE SERIES has the privilege of welcoming esteemed guests,

Royal Alley-Barnes
Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute

Dr. Joye Hardiman, Ph.D
Former Executive Director Tacoma Evergreen State College

Kibibi Monie
Nu Black Arts West

Rosanna Sharpe
Northwest African American Museum

LueRachelle Brim-Akins
PNWAAQ - Pacific Northwest African American Quilters

Vickie Williams
Life Enrichment Bookstore

Negarra Kudumu
Moderator, Artist/Curator

Come celebrate noted African American Master Abstract Expressionist Artists from the period of 1930-1961.

"The Black Aesthetic" featuring original works by noted African American Master abstract expressionist artists from 1930-1961, associated with the Philadelphia Pyramid Club 1937, Sprial Group 1961 and the Pacific Northwest 1930-1950.

Romare Bearden :: Paul Dusenbury :: Humbert Howard :: Norman Lewis
Richard Mayhew :: Milt Simons :: Thelma Johnson Streat

Romare Bearden
(September 2, 1911  March 12, 1988)
Artist. Writer. Activist.
During the 1950s, he painted more abstractly, this theme reemerged in his collage works of the 1960s. Founding member of The Spiral Group - formed to discuss the responsibility of the African-American artist in the struggle for civil rights.

Paul R. Dusenbury
(1935  1998)
Artist. Musician. Teacher.
"Developed his impressionistic painting style depicting atmosphere vistas of Puget Sound waters and landscapes."
- Marianne Hanson

Humbert Howard
(1905 - 1990)
Artist. Curator.
A landscape painting created in the 1930s was one of two selected for the exhibit at the 1939 World's Fair in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. In 1940, Howard became the Director at
The Pyramid Club in Philadelphia.

Norman Lewis
(1909  1979)
Artist. Social Activist. Scholar. Teacher.
"The development of one's aesthetic abilities suffers from such emphasis; the content of truly creative work must be inherently aesthetic or the work becomes merely another form of illustration; therefore, the goal of the artist must be aesthetic development, and in a universal sense, to make in his own way some contribution to culture."

Richard Mayhew
(1934 - )
Artist. Jazz Singer. Professor. Activist.
"Critics admired his use of light, color and form, as they compared him to Claude Monet and Winslow Homer."
- Caitlin Forney, Spring 2008

Milt Simons
(1923  1973)
Artist. Poet. Dancer. Educator. Musician. Composer.
"He forged a career that merged expressionistic painting, jazz music and teaching art to inner-city students."
- Shelia Farr, Seattle Times Art Critic, 1999

Thelma Johnson Streat
(August 12, 1911  May 1959)
Artist. Dancer. Educator.
Gained prominence in the 1940s for her art, performance and work to foster inter-cultural understanding and appreciation.

About the Editor of The Black Aesthetic:
Addison Gayle Jr. (1932-1991), a critic of black American literature and distinguished professor of English at Baruch College and the City University Graduate Center.

Professor Gayle was the editor of "The Black Aesthetic," a 1971 volume of essays, and wrote biographies including "Richard Wright: Ordeal of a Native Son" (1980), which documented the Government's longtime surveillance of Wright because of his political beliefs.


B2 Fine Art Gallery (View)
711 Saint Helens Avenue, Suite 100
Tacoma, WA 98402
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Arts > Visual

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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