A Message from the Museum Director
Welcome to a new year, a new semester and a new exhibition, Romare Bearden: Storyteller, on view at the Museum’s Emily Lowe Gallery. The Museum is proud to present this visual gathering of stories by the revered African-American artist Romare Bearden. The exhibition, curated by Karen Albert, deputy director and chief curator, celebrates the passion, inventiveness, and genius of this 20th century renaissance man. Bearden’s stories were woven from the fabric of his experiences as a black activist, athlete, author, soldier, scholar, museum founder, musician, and mentor. While his work references his personal history, stories of the African-American experience, and the biblical stories and myths of the past, he was able to combine these diverse narratives to create imagery that is both personal and universal. These works therefore represent some of the many narratives that shape us, and his recurring themes of family, struggle, memory and ritual connect us to one another.
If you have not yet had a chance to enjoy the Andy Warhol exhibition, this will remain on view through March 11 at the David Filderman Gallery. A new exhibition will open on March 27, Portfolios II: Offset Lithographic Prints, which is the second exhibition in a series that highlights portfolios of prints and photographs from the Hofstra University Museum’s permanent collections. For the portfolio on view, Offset Lithographic Prints, artists experimented using a commercial press for creating fine art prints. Works by Chuck Close, John Moore, Olga Moore, Italo Scanga, Salvatore Scarpitta, and Miriam Schapiro, among others, are included.
We have many activities planned in connection with our exhibitions. This includes our monthly Saturday morning family program, ARTful Adventures created for budding artists and that curious young person. On Saturday, April 14, we will host SLOW ART DAY, an internationally celebrated day that welcomes visitors to museum galleries where the more you look, the more you see! This year, we invite you to join us for lunch on campus to share your reflections and questions about the works you viewed. If music is your thing, join us for Jazz at the Museum in honor of Bearden who was a jazz enthusiast and even composed several jazz pieces. Further details and events can be found here.
Visit us and sign up for our engaging programs. We look forward to seeing you, your family members, and your friends.
Be renewed and transformed!