Syncopated Rhythms

November 18, 2005 – January 22, 2006

Jazz impresario and Boston University Alumnus George Wein (CAS ’50) and his wife Joyce have been collecting African American art for many years.  The exhibition Syncopated Rhythms: 20th-Century African American Art from the George and Joyce Wein Collection, curated by Patricia Hills, Professor of Art History at Boston University and Melissa Renn, Jan and Warren Adelson Curatorial Fellow in American Art, will showcase the Weins’s outstanding collection of sixty works including paintings, sculpture, drawings and a painted story quilt.

The exhibition ranges from works done in the late 1920s through the 1990s and is particularly strong in works of the 1940s to the 1970s.  Included are both figurative and abstract works, many with the theme of music and musicians.  Some artists have but a single work in the exhibition, but others, such as Norman Lewis, Allan Rohan Crite, Beauford Delaney, and Hughie Lee-Smith are represented by several works.  In short, the exhibition presents an excellent survey of the accomplishments of African American artists of the last century. The accompanying exhibition catalogue is the first time that many of the works from the collection will be published. Illustrated in full color, the 100-page catalogue is designed to serve as an educational guide for teachers, students, scholars and museum professionals and will appeal to the general public as well.