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The Gallery of Contemporary Art at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is hosting an exhibit called Living with Art, Modern and Contemporary African American Art from the Collection of Alitash Kebede. It includes 74 works by 40 African American artists, including work from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. This private collection is considered one of the best collections of African American Art in the United States, and is particularly timely as interest in African American art is at an all time high.

Norman Lewis, Charles Alston, Palmer Hayden and Louis Mailou Jones represent well known artists from the Harlem Renaissance period during the 1920’s and 30’s. Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Alma Thomas, Charles White, and Elizabeth Catlett represent the group active during the Works Progress Administration period during the 40’s. Notable contemporary artists represented in the exhibition include: Herbert Gentry, Richard Mayhew, Ed Clark, Mel Edwards, Al Loving, Bill Huston, Betye Saar and her daughters, Alison and Leslie Saar, and many others.

The exhibition and its tour were organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles. Exhibition support was provided by Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; Apple Foundation of Atherton, CA; UCCS student Government Association on behalf of the cultural development of the student body; Stonehouse Agency of Colorado Springs; and Springs Magazine.

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