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Leslie Umberger | Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor

Thu, November 1, 2018 7:30 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: $15.00

The Beatitudes of Bill Traylor: I wonder if it is possible for black Americans and white Americans to really see the same thing when they look at the creations of institutionally minted “modern” black artists - from the introduction by Kerry James Marshall

Born a slave on an Alabama plantation and 12 years old at the end of the Civil War, Bill Traylor worked as a farm laborer for more than 60 years. Alone in retirement in segregated Montgomery, he discovered art and his creative voice without instruction or guidance, eventually creating more than 1,000 unique pieces of art. Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, collected more than 205 of these works —many never before published—in Between Worlds, a carefully researched visual record of Traylor’s depictions of slavery, a life of work, and the rise of African American culture. Umberger is also the organizer of a Smithsonian retrospective of this work.

Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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