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KMA Extends Bessie Harvey and Red Grooms Exhibitions


Through negotiations with various art lenders, more than half of the works in the Bessie Harvey exhibition, originally scheduled to close July 27, 1997, will now remain at KMA through May 1998 in KMA's Hall & Rogers Gallery. In particular, the "Africa in America" series will remain on display, as well as the show's signature piece, "Medicine Man Riding a Hog." The exhibition will continue to be free of charge. The Red Grooms exhibition, originally scheduled to close on August 17, has been extended in its entirety for an additional week, through Sunday, August 24, 1997. Red Grooms tickets are: KMA members/free, adults/$8, seniors 65+/$6, youths 12-17/$4, and children under 12/$1. Group tickets (for 15 or more) are $5.75 per person. The admission price includes an introductory video presentation and an educational audio tour. Interpretive exhibition catalogs for both exhibitions were produced by KMA and are available in the museum gift shops.

Featuring works by the late Bessie Harvey (1929-1994), a self-taught artist from Alcoa, Tennessee, Awakening the Spirits: Art by Bessie Harvey celebrates the artistic accomplishments of a Southern woman of color who overcame daunting obstacles--poverty, a fourth grade education, the supporting of eleven children--to become a nationally prominent self-taught artist. Bessie Harvey's magical ability to extract historical and imaginary characters from gnarled roots, branches, paint and cloth propelled her into the forefront of American folk art. Her success culminated in her work being selected for inclusion in New York City's Whitney Museum of American Art's 1995 Biennial and the Whitney's subsequent purchase of her sculpture Cross Bearers.

Moses and the Serpent

Bessie Harvey

The World

Bessie Harvey



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