Artwork of Endurance, 1979–2018: Three Decades in Print from the Permanent Collection

Exhibition Info
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
Curated by
Paola Morsiani
Director of the Brodsky Center at PAFA, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
With the goal of capturing American artists’ influential and prolific output in the graphic arts PAFA’s acquisitions of contemporary prints have intensified over the past several years. This exhibition presents a selection of works on paper from these recent additions to the permanent collection.

These artworks were made by artists mostly born in the first half of the 20th century whose enduring ideas and innovative creative strategies are now shaping the discourse and languages of younger American artists. These artists have reanimated the artistic genres of landscape and portraiture. They have transformed inherited formula into passionate visual expressions for the articulation of personal visceral experiences of resistance. They do this against the interrelated losses of a genuine self and an authentic connection to nature at the hand of centuries of colonialist economies and in the face of profound changes brought by globalization. 

Narratives around African American, Native American, and Latinx histories and cultures, as well as stories of the feminine nature and feminist ferment explore notions of biography conveyed through figurative but also abstract representation.  
Pastoral themes share critical perspectives on environmental exploitation, territory reappropriation, and emigration through political borders, along with lyrical meditations on the significance of nature’s pervasive inspiration. 
Installed in atemporal thematic clusters across the sweeping walls of PAFA’s Annenberg Gallery, these works demand “picture time” to enter these artworks of provocative echoes, metaphors, and dialogue across flowing markings, paper layering, veiled details, rare colors, and ingenious compositions.

This exhibition is organized by Paola Morsiani, Director of The Brodsky Center at PAFA
Artwork of Endurance, 1979–2018: Three Decades in Print from the Permanent Collection features works by artists Emma Amos, Eleanor Antin, Edgar Arceneaux, Nancy Azara, Radcliffe Bailey, Louisiana Bendolph, Mary Lee Bendolph, Loretta P. Bennett, McArthur Binion, Betsy Damon, Mary Beth Edelson, Melvin Edwards, Lauren Ewing, Howard Finster, Charles Gaines, Harmony Hammond, Lonnie Holley, David Huffman, Margo Humphrey, Richard Hunt, Samuel Levi Jones, Byron Kim, Joyce Kozloff, Samella Lewis, Kerry James Marshall, Clarence Morgan, Diane Neumaier, Pepón Osorio, Loretta Pettway, Howardena Pindell, Martin Puryear, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro, Carolee 

Exhibition Highlights

Emma Amos, (1937-2020)  Identity (FemFolio), 2006 Digital print with hand lithography, ed. 26/60 12 x 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 cm.) Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2013.37.1
Emma Amos, (1937-2020)
Identity (FemFolio), 2006
Digital print with hand lithography, ed.
26/60 12 x 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2013.37.1
Carl Joe Williams, (b. 1970)  Truth, 2000 Offset lithograph, hand colored collage, glitter, ed. 59/70 29 x 21 in. (73.66 x 53.34 cm.) Gift from the collection of Winston and Carolyn Lowe in honor of Brandywine founder, Allan L. Edmunds, 2019.18.34
Carl Joe Williams, (b. 1970)
Truth, 2000
Offset lithograph, hand colored collage, glitter, ed.
59/70 29 x 21 in. (73.66 x 53.34 cm.)
Gift from the collection of Winston and Carolyn Lowe in honor of Brandywine founder, Allan L. Edmunds, 2019.18.34
Miriam Schapiro, (1923-2015)  Frida and Me, 1996 Lithograph with collage elements, AP 42 x 29 3/4 in. (106.68 x 75.565 cm.) Gift of the estate of Miriam Schapiro, 2015.25.4
Miriam Schapiro, (1923-2015)
Frida and Me, 1996
Lithograph with collage elements,
AP 42 x 29 3/4 in. (106.68 x 75.565 cm.)
Gift of the estate of Miriam Schapiro, 2015.25.4
Loretta Pettway, (b. 1942)  Lazy Gal, 2007 Color softground and hardground etching with aquatint and spitbit aquatint, ed. TPB image: 29 1/4 x 23 3/4 in. (74.295 x 60.325 cm.); sheet: 39 1/4 x 33 in. (99.695 x 83.82 cm.) Gift of Paulson Fontaine Press, 2018.28.98
Loretta Pettway, (b. 1942)
Lazy Gal, 2007
Color softground and hardground etching with aquatint and spitbit aquatint, ed.
TPB image: 29 1/4 x 23 3/4 in. (74.295 x 60.325 cm.); sheet: 39 1/4 x 33 in. (99.695 x 83.82 cm.)
Gift of Paulson Fontaine Press, 2018.28.98
Mickalene Thomas, (b. 1971)  Portrait of Marie Sitting in Black and White, 2012 Photogravure with chine-collé on paper, ed. 1/20 21 x 17 in. (53.34 x 43.18 cm.) Museum Purchase. Published by the Brodsky Center at PAFA, Philadelphia, 2018.38.4
Mickalene Thomas, (b. 1971)
Portrait of Marie Sitting in Black and White, 2012
Photogravure with chine-collé on paper, ed.
1/20 21 x 17 in. (53.34 x 43.18 cm.)
Museum Purchase. Published by the Brodsky Center at PAFA, Philadelphia, 2018.38.4
Faith Ringgold, (b.1930) Coming to Jones Road: Under a Blood Red Sky #8 (FemFolio), 2007 Digital print with hand lithography, ed. 26/60 12 x 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 cm.) Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2013.37.10
Faith Ringgold, (b.1930)
Coming to Jones Road: Under a Blood Red Sky #8 (FemFolio), 2007
Digital print with hand lithography, ed.
26/60 12 x 12 in. (30.48 x 30.48 cm.)
Gift of Ofelia Garcia, 2013.37.10