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Hummingbirds and Orchids Martin Johnson Heade
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Hummingbirds and Orchids (47.36) — Martin Johnson Heade

Then and Now: A Selection of 19th- and 20th-Century Art by African American Artists

Through Summer 2003

  • For Everyone
This inaugural exhibition organized by the General Motors Center for African American Art focuses on the work of artists who have contributed to the advancement of American art, such as Joshua Johnson, Robert Scott Duncanson, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Augusta Savage, Benny Andrews, Betye Saar, Richard Hunt, Sam Gilliam, and Lorna Simpson. Some of the Detroit artists included in the installation are Allie McGhee, Naomi Dickerson, Lester Johnson, Shirley Woodson, and Charles McGee. The approximately forty objects in various media from the DIA and Manoogian collections reveal the diverse interests and artistic approaches of African American artists active during the past two hundred years.