Revelations: Art from the African American South celebrates the debut of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco major acquisition from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta of 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States.
“The de Young Museum is re-writing American art history by more fully incorporating African American art into its American Galleries.”
“Those are the words of Timothy Burgard, Curator of American Art at the de Young Museum, site of the exhibition, Revelations: Art from the African American South. It is in museum galleries around the country that the stories, accomplishments, pain and creative talents of Americans from varieties of backgrounds are told. However, only recently did major museums start to recognize a duty to correct the absence of African Americans. This exhibition depicts the pain of slavery, the struggles of the civil rights movement, the joy of music, the beauty of the earth, and the exhilaration of the accomplishments of today’s heroes.
Revelations: Art from the African American South could not have arrived at a more opportune time to invite us to venture to talk about differences, celebrate them and get to know each other better. Society is at a juncture, a place where the world is seeking ways to better understand, educate and change stereotypical images. Museums are one of the safest places to contemplate, to simmer down and absorb the messages of others. All is revealed before our eyes, and our minds are allowed the time to absorb and to think. These are indeed the perfect places to see the truth of the past and sort out the challenges of the present. It is a powerful and transformative experience to be where so much is revealed, that it enables us to talk about something as explosive as racial issues.
That is why the de Young Museum is so proud and excited to have acquired this historic collection from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation and present it to Bay Area audiences and to the World.” – Belva Davis, Member, San Francisco Chapter of The Links, Inc. and Trustee, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.”