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Creative Conversations: Personal to the Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press (Virtual Event)

MMFA’s Cassandra Cavness will connect via Facebook live with two artists from the Museum's current exhibition Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press. Artists Radcliffe Bailey and Lava Thomas will discuss their work, the themes of the exhibition, and the widespread peaceful protests and turmoil surrounding current events.

To submit a question in advance of the livestream, visit: https://forms.gle/5SV34TFDEtWqwqjf9

About the Participants
– Cassandra Cavness recently joined the Museum’s development team after working at Alabama State University. Among other aspects of her job, Cassandra strives to develop initiatives that foster conversations and engage communities in their history.
– Radcliffe Bailey is based in Atlanta, Georgia. He works in layers, incorporating items from his own past and reflections on race, memory, and migration.
– Lava Thomas is based in Berkeley, California. She explores various aspects of identity, including gender, race, and individuality, through varied media and expressions.

About the Exhibition
Personal to Political: Celebrating the African American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press features works by African American artists who have helped to shape the contemporary art conversation throughout the US. Presenting a wide range of prints, paintings, quilts, and sculptures, the works include an array of abstract and formal imagery depicting narratives that speak to personal experiences and political perspectives. At the heart of this show is Paulson Fontaine Press, a print studio that over the past two decades has developed an unparalleled roster of internationally-celebrated artists including Martin Puryear, Kerry James Marshall, and the Gee’s Bend Quilters.

The exhibition Personal to Political: Celebrating the African-American Artists of Paulson Fontaine Press was organized by Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA

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