The Chemistry of Color: African-American Artists in Philadelphia 1970 - 1990


The Chemistry of Color documents a bold and vibrant collection of art by African-American Artists at PAFA donated by Hal and Ann Sorgenti. Among the 41 artists included are Benny Andrews, Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Jacob Lawrence, Alvin Loving, Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Betye Saar, and Raymond Saunders. The collection is broad stylistically and includes work that ranges from textiles and wooden sculpture, to prints, paintings, and collage. These artists revel in the myriad options artists have had in the studio since the 1960s and defy being pinned down to a particular style.