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Amy Sherald
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PRESENCE
Meditations on the
Spelman College Collection

January 31 – May 18, 2019


Amy Sherald

Amy Sherald She had an inside and an outside now and suddenly she knew how not to mix them, 2018. Oil on canvas. 54 x 43 inches. Courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago

Amy Sherald immediately rose to international prominence when the National Portrait Gallery unveiled her portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama in February 2018 to critical acclaim. Amy Sherald, the artist’s first major solo exhibition, features a selection of portraits that exemplify her signature style: sitters with fantastical greyscale skin who are painted against a monochromatic background and gaze directly at the viewer. Through these brilliant paintings, Sherald engages in broader dialogues about the complexity and performance of identity and race and the history of art, which has largely omitted Black subjects.

Sherald, an alumna of Clark Atlanta University, took her painting classes at Spelman College and later earned an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. As the final stop of this nationally touring exhibition, Amy Sherald will be a homecoming of sorts for the Atlanta University Center. It also promises to be a triumph for residents of Atlanta, the region, and beyond.

Amy Sherald is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Lisa Melandri, Executive Director. The exhibition and catalogue are presented by Jane and Bob Clark. Additional support is provided by Nancy and David Frej and Ann Ruwitch and John Foxx Arnold.

Amy Sherald is made possible by

Wish Foundation and LUBO Fund

Program support enthusiastically provided by

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PRESENCE
Meditations on the
Spelman College Collection

Installation view of PRESENCE: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection. Foreground, 
Charnelle D. HollowaySeer, 1983, Red brass metals, mixed media, 10.5 x 8.5 ix 5 inches.
Gift of Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Ph.D., President Emerita of Spelman College, 2018.9.

Presence: Meditations on the Spelman College Collection, a selection of the Spelman College’s newest gifts and latest acquisitions, is now on view. Organized by the Museum’s Curator of Collections Anne Collins Smith, C’96, the exhibition features a selection of works by critically acclaimed artists Mequitta AhujaFirelei BáezFabiola Jean-LouisNandipha MntamboToyin Ojih OdutolaDeborah RobertsBerni SearleCarrie Mae WeemsBillie Zangewa, and many others. It also presents a work by Louisiana Bendolph, one of the quilters of Gee’s Bend, which is a recent gift from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

Made possibly by

Wish Foundation and LUBO Fund