Romare Bearden_A Black Odyssey an exhibition organized by the Smithsonian Institution

November 15, 2014 – March 14, 2015
Regular hours: Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, 1–5 pm, Thursdays, 1–8 pm

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Romare Berden, one of the most innovative artists of the 20th century, created a collection of collages and water colors based on Homer’s poem “The Odyssey” in 1977.

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photo by Frank Stewart

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This powerful series demonstrates an artistic connection between African-American culture and Greek mythology.

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The artist infuses the poem’s epic characters with qualities familiar to his own experiences of strong beautiful women, jazz rhythms that set a pace for the mysterious adventures of a classic tale.

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They are set against environments that tested one’s faith, strength of character and willingness to endure the unknown……..and then to finally find ones’ way HOME.

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