The New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) announced today that is has acquired ten works of art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation through the foundation’s gift/purchase program designed to strengthen the representation of African American artists from the southern United States in the collections of leading museums across the country.
The acquisition includes two works by Thornton Dial, pieces by Ronald Lockett, Joe Minter, and Mary Proctor, and five quilts by the women of Gee’s Bend, Alabama. These works will be featured in upcoming permanent collection installations that will put them in dialogue with other exciting voices in modern and contemporary art.
“This acquisition builds upon the museum’s enduring commitment to championing emerging and underrepresented voices in American art, and marks the second time NOMA has had the opportunity to collaborate with the Souls Grown Deep Foundation,” said Susan Taylor, director of the New Orleans Museum of Art. “As NOMA looks toward New Orleans’s 2018 Tricentennial celebration—a moment when the eyes of the world will be on our city—there could be no better time to celebrate these unique artists and the resonance of their work for the city of New Orleans.”
The foundation previously gifted a piece by Dial commemorating Hurricane Katrina to the museum. The Souls Grown Deep Foundation is the only nonprofit organization dedicated to documenting, preserving, exhibiting, and promoting the work of contemporary African American artists from the American South. Its collection of works comprises more than 1,200 works by more than 160 artists, as well as a collection of archival photographs, videos, and documents relating to the artists in the collection.