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May 6, 2021
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
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LYMAN ALLYN ART MUSEUM FEATURES DISTINGUISHED COLLECTION OF AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
Finding voices of the African Diaspora that might otherwise be forgotten is at the heart of the Davis Collection.
NEW LONDON – The Lyman Allyn Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of Memories & Inspiration: The Kerry and C. Betty Davis Collection of African American Art on Saturday, May 29. The extensive exhibition celebrates the passion of an ordinary couple who spent more than 35 years as devoted connoisseurs building a collection of vivid artworks that is both resonant and remarkably personal. Memories & Inspiration will be on view at the Lyman Allyn, the only venue in the Northeast, through August 22.
The show presents 62 selected works from a body of art amassed by Kerry, a retired mailman, and Betty, a former television news producer, who gladly gave up many ordinary comforts to fill their home with these extraordinary paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures as their principal luxuries. Their collection includes works by Radcliffe Bailey, Romare Bearden, Beverly Buchanan, Elizabeth Catlett, Ernest T. Crichlow, Sam Gilliam, Loïs Mailou Jones, Jacob Lawrence, Gordon Parks, Alma Thomas, and Charles White. In selecting their work, the couple did not search exclusively for well-known and/or documented artists. Rather, they focused on gathering and preserving a range of artistic approaches to the black image. [Read more…]