Through January, Discover And Explore Loïs Mailou Jones

2 Nov

Photo Credit: Blackpast.org

A Life in Vibrant Color

The exhibit is on view through Jan. 9, 2011 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave. NW. $10. (202) 783-7996.

This retrospective features more than 70 paintings, textiles, and sketches from the pioneering African American artist’s 75-year career. Jones was inspired by the social struggles that she witnessed in the U.S. as well as by her travels, from Martha’s Vineyard and France to Haiti. A Howard University professor, Jones imbued her work with the brilliant colors, patterns and African motifs that came to distinguish her art.

Visit the Museum to see Jones’ wide breadth of work, from a career that spans decades. The exhibit includes textile designs, watercolors, and oils reminiscent of the Impressionists.  Learn about the racism that wouldn’t allow her to claim a prize she’d won from the Corcoran Gallery. Be inspired. Fame is not only for the youth.

Jones’ piece, Les Fetiches, has been on display on a postcard in my office for years now. I didn’t know what it was until this exhibit came to my attention. She is considered one of the first African American artists to depict African imagery in her work. Salute a pioneer.

Les Fetiches

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