October 16—December 12

In the Line of Duty. Collecting African  American Art
The William C. Robinson Family Collection.

Reception: Thursday, October 15, 5–8 p.m.
Conversation with William C. Robinson and Curlee Raven Holton: 7 p.m.

The relationship between collector and artist—frequently founded in shared beliefs and passions connected to the creative enterprise—evolves as the patron witnesses first-hand the struggle the artist faces. This is often particularly true in the case of African American artists, who seek to assert their voices among the larger chorus of artists and within the art world in general.

An illustrated catalogue with introduction by William C. Robinson and essay by Curlee Raven Holton, the College’s Roth Professor of Art and founding director of Lafayette’s Experimental Printmaking Institute (EPI) will be available.

In the Line of Duty highlights a selection of paintings, sculpture, and works on paper from the William C. Robinson Family Collection by Charles Alston, Jules R. Arthur III, Edward M. Bannister, Romare Bearden, John Biggers, Moe Brooker, Grafton T. Brown, Selma H. Burke, Elizabeth Catlett, Claude Clark, Eldzier Cortor, Allan R. Crite, Louis Desarte, David C. Driskell, Robert Duncanson, Meta W. Fuller, Herbert Gentry, Earl Hooks, Humbert Howard, May Howard Jackson, Paul Keene, Norman Lewis, Richard Mayhew, Charles E. Porter,  James A. Porter, Ellen Tiberino Powell, Augusta Savage, William E. Scott, Charles Sebree, Henry Ossawa Tanner, Bill Taylor, Dox Thrash, Charles W. White, Walter Williams, Philemonia Williamson and Ellis Wilson.

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