The Harmon & Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper
Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Now on view through October 12
|William E. Smith,|
A Friendly Game, 1944
The exhibition is arranged thematically in groups such as dance scenes or political protest. In personal notes from the collectors Mrs. Kelley commented that she was drawn to the works of the depression era through the dignity with which artists drew the figures at work and to the portrayal of everyday farm life that she herself experienced as a child.
The main focus is on the 1930s and 40s, a period when many African American artists entered the field, in part through the efforts New Deal programs such as the Works Progress Administration (WPA).
The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Broad Street, Philadelphia.