SACRAMENTO – The Sojourner Truth Multicultural Art Museum presents its 2014 Sacramento Museum Day Celebration on Saturday, February 1 from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The theme of this year’s event is “The Charles White and Charles Alston Experience” and features art by local artists that was inspired by the late 20th century artists.
White, a native of Chicago, is one of America’s most renowned and recognized African American and social realist artists. He worked primarily in black and white or sepia and white drawings, paintings and lithographs. Common subjects of his artwork included scenes depicting African American history in the United States, socio-economic struggles, human relationships, and portraits.
Alston directed art programs and community centers in the New York area including the Harlem Workshop. The famed artist Jacob Lawrence as one of his students. He directed the 35 artists who created the Harlem Hospital murals for the Federal Arts Project in 1935 and 1936, painting two of the murals himself. Many of Alston’ works were published in the New Yorker, Fortune, and Collier’s magazines. In 1950, he sold a painting to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and also became the first Black instructor at the Art Students league.
Other Museum Day activities will include a marketplace, guided tours, a Charles White and Charles Alston Lecture, a Sankofa African Male Workshop, a showing of the award-winning film, “Fruitvale Station,” storytelling, live entertainment and children’s art activities including a youth art exhibit, featuring works created by the Roberts Family Development Center After School Program located at the Meadow Glen Apartments.
The exhibit moves to the Brickhouse Gallery in Oak Park February 17-March 15. It is a collaboration between the Sojourner Truth Museum, the Brickhouse Gallery, Brown Sugar Gallery, and Hellon’s Artistic Creation & Company. For more information, call (916) 320-9573.