Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts ‘REPRESENT: 200 Years of African American Art’

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art hosted an opening reception, lecture and dinner for the new exhibition, “REPRESENT: 200 Years of African American Art,” two days before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and the event attracted a host of art patrons and elected officials. The Museum has a collection of 750 works of art by African American artists, a number of whom had been or are currently Philadelphians, and the catalogue with Dr. Gwen Dubois Shaw, art history professor at Penn, is a valuable history and explanation of the entire collection. The exhibit has a selection of 75 works by 50 artists in the Honickman Berman galleries.

From left, Dr. Bernie Watson, former chairman of the Barnes Foundation, welcomed Lynne Honickman, Dr. Constance Clayton and Harold Honickman. Dr. Clayton chairs the African American Collections Committee at the Museum. Photo by Bonnie Squires

From left, Dr. Bernie Watson, former chairman of the Barnes Foundation, welcomed Lynne Honickman, Dr. Constance Clayton and Harold Honickman. Dr. Clayton chairs the African American Collections Committee at the Museum. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Congressman Chaka Fattah and his wife Renee Chenault Fattah attended the celebration and viewed the exhibit. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Congressman Chaka Fattah and his wife Renee Chenault Fattah attended the celebration and viewed the exhibit. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Jim Roebuck congratulates the Hon. Constance Williams, chair of the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the opening of REPRESENT. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Jim Roebuck congratulates the Hon. Constance Williams, chair of the board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the opening of REPRESENT. Photo by Bonnie Squires

From left, Ms. Henri Moore, of Citizens Bank, and Charisse Lillie, of Comcast Corporation, were enjoying the opening reception of the new exhibit of 200 years of African American art. Photo by Bonnie Squires

From left, Ms. Henri Moore, of Citizens Bank, and Charisse Lillie, of Comcast Corporation, were enjoying the opening reception of the new exhibit of 200 years of African American art. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Steve Kinsey, Carole Williams and her son Senator Anthony Hardy Williams were delighted to join in the celebration. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Steve Kinsey, Carole Williams and her son Senator Anthony Hardy Williams were delighted to join in the celebration. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Jim Roebuck and his wife Cheryl congratulate Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz on their having a work from the Bonovitz Outsider Art Collection at the Museum included in the current exhibit. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Jim Roebuck and his wife Cheryl congratulate Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz on their having a work from the Bonovitz Outsider Art Collection at the Museum included in the current exhibit.
Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Steve Kinsey, Carole Williams and her son Senator Anthony Hardy Williams were delighted to join in the celebration. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Timothy Rub, CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, joined Amanda Jaffe and her husband John Vick, who is the curator of the “Represent” exhibition. Behind them is a print of Dr. Martin Luther King, one of the paintings in the exhibit. Photo by Bonnie Squires

From left, among the many guests were (from left) David Seltzer, Rep. Cherelle Parker, Councilwomen Marian Tasco and Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Dr. Ed Alexander. Photo by Bonnie Squires

From left, among the many guests were (from left) David Seltzer, Rep. Cherelle Parker, Councilwomen Marian Tasco and Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Dr. Ed Alexander.
Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Jim Roebuck and his wife Cheryl greeted Lynne and Harold Honickman at the opening. Mrs. Honickman and Rep. Roebuck both serve on the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Education Committee. Photo by Bonnie Squires

Rep. Jim Roebuck and his wife Cheryl greeted Lynne and Harold Honickman at the opening. Mrs. Honickman and Rep. Roebuck both serve on the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Education Committee. Photo by Bonnie Squires

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