Elizabeth Catlett The Future of Equality

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Elizabeth Catlett The Future of Equality

Dec 3, 2019 - Mar 31, 2020
11:00 AM to 8:00 PM


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Elizabeth Catlett (1915 - 2012), an internationally renowned American and Mexican sculptor and artist, infused her work with her strong sense of heritage and social activism. Growing up in Washington, D.C., she was influenced as a child by her own life experiences and her grandmother’s stories of the horrors of slavery and heroism of oppressed people. As a graduate of Howard University and the first person to obtain a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture from the University of Iowa, Catlett studied under artists who encouraged her to have her art reflect her unique view of life.

Primarily known for her sculptures, Catlett also created prints, lithographs and linocuts which feature persons ranging from Harriet Tubman to Angela Davis. This exhibition proudly includes linocut works from her series The Negro Women, 1946 – 1947 from the Permanent Art Collection of the Miami-Dade Public Library System. This series demonstrates an artistic narrative of the experience of African-American women in the 19th and 20th centuries. First displayed by the library in 1984, this new exhibit revisits Catlett’s work, her world view, political convictions and beliefs thirty-five years later. It also depicts her connections to Miami. The timeless quality of Catlett’s art and activism help examine what is the “future of equality” today.

View lithographs, correspondence and other memorabilia around the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s 1984 exhibition The Graphics of Elizabeth Catlett as well as fifteen linocut prints in the library’s Digital Collections.

Opening reception Dec. 6 at 5:30 P.M.

Open daily - Except Sundays.

Admission is FREE.


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