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SAMA opens 2012 San Antonio Collects series on African American artists


The San Antonio Museum of Art begins its 2012 exhibition calendar with San Antonio Collects: African American Artists - featuring works from the Harriet and Harmon Kelley and Irene and Leo Edwards Collection. The exhibition, which opens to the public on Jan. 17, covers more than 200 years of Americaʼs past, and explores the unique tradition of African American artists throughout our history.

According to SAMA Director and exhibition organizer Katie Luber, San Antonio Collects: African American Artistʼs opening was intentionally timed to coincide with the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Martin Luther King March in San Antonio. "Viewing these works of art allows us the opportunity to reflect upon the struggles and triumphs of the African American artistic community and the broad range of African American identities and experiences." Luber adds, "Our hope is that San Antonio Collects: African American Artists will provide a glimpse into the sweeping changes that have defined the experiences of African American artists, and indeed all African Americans in the United States."

The San Antonio Museum of Art is housed in the historic Lone Star Brewery along the celebrated new Museum Reach section of the beautiful San Antonio River Walk. SAMAʼs collection contains more than 25,000 works of art representing over 5,000 years of history and cultures from around the world. The Museum also conducts more than 500-guided tours annually and provides approximately 200 educational programs each year. Programs include lectures, concerts, films, childrenʼs workshops, scholarly symposia, family art activities, and special exhibitions.

Eldzier Cortor American (b. 1916)
The Streetcar, 1937
oil on canvas 39 1/2 x 17 3/4 in.
From the Harmon and Harriet Kelley Foundation for the Arts