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Instill & Inspire: The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art

Instill & Inspire: The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art

Instill & Inspire: The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art

Instill & Inspire: The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art

Fri, Mar 31 - Fri, Jun 30, 2017
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • August Wilson Center
  • Free and open to the public.

INSTILL & INSPIRE tells the fascinating story of how John and Vivian Hewitt formed an outstanding collection of works by African American artists between the late 1940s and the 1980s. Starting with a purchase in 1949 using money given them for their wedding, the Hewitts acquired paintings, drawings, collages, lithographs, and other works by nearly two dozen artists. Some artists in the collection, such as Romare Bearden, Elizabeth Catlett, Jacob Lawrence, and Henry Ossawa Tanner, will be well-known to visitors; others will be a revelation. Together, this collection of 58 works vividly brings the African American experience to life.

The Hewitts developed close friendships with the artists they collected, transforming their New York City home into a salon for exhibiting, discussing and selling the artists’ work. They believed that art should be a part of everyone’s life and sought to instill appreciation of artists in others.

Jonathan Green, an artist who is in the Hewitts’ collection and was inspired by them, is renowned for capturing the rich rural culture of the South in his paintings. For decades, he has supported numerous charities by permitting them to reproduce his works for fundraising purposes. A display of posters of his vibrant paintings accompanies the Hewitt Collection.

Educational programs and community outreach opportunities will be posted as they are developed.

INSTILL & INSPIRE is organized through the courtesy of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. The John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, Permanent Collection of the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. A generous gift donated by Bank of America Corporation. http://ganttcenter.pastperfect-online.com/
 Jonathan Green’s posters are presented through the courtesy of Organizational Concepts, Inc., The Collection of Kim Cliett Long.

Wednesday-Thursday: 11am-6pm; Friday-Saturday: 11am-8pm; Sunday: 11am-5pm. Saturday, April 1: 11am-4pm

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