Providence Day School has installed two prints by Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden (1911-1988) and two rare photos of the artist, and the artworks will remain on view to the campus and community through May 1, 2020.
The works were made available by local art collectors Judy and Patrick Diamond, longtime fixtures in the arts community who have also loaned works from their collection to the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and The Mint Museum, among others.
Members of Providence Day’s visual arts faculty are incorporating the works into their curriculum in the coming weeks. The works are on view in the Academic Center, a space accessible to all students, parents, faculty, staff, and alumni. Members of the public not affiliated with the school may visit by appointment; contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (All visitors must check in at the DeMayo Gateway Center).
Bearden, the namesake of Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte, was born in Charlotte. He later moved to New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but continued to spend much time throughout his childhood visiting relatives here, and the American South inspired much of his work. He worked in collage as well as oils, cartoons, and other media. Also an author and songwriter, he is known as "the nation's foremost collagist" (The New York Times).
The works on view are a large-scale screenprint entitled “The Baptism” (1975) as well as an etching and aquatint titled “The Family” (1975). Two accompanying photos by Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe show Bearden at work in his Canal Street Studio in New York, N.Y. in 1973.