The Philadelphia Museum of Art announced two days ago that it has come into possession of 24 works from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation out of Atlanta, Georgia. The donation is made up of works by African-American artists from the southeastern United States. Thorton Dial contributes three major works, an iron and steel worker, carpenter and painter; tWo assemblages by artist Lonnie Holly and Ronald Lockett; along with 15 quilts produced by several generations of quilt makers from Gee‘s Bend, Alabama, dating from 1930 to 2005.
has a long-standing commitment to acquiring works by artist out of the mainstream, but the collection has been insufficiently represented by the works of African-American artists working in a visual tradition that is unique to the Southeast,“ Timothy Rub, the museum director and CEO, said, “now we can present a much more comprehensive picture of the diversity of artistic expression in the post civil rights era.“ The Souls Grown Deep Foundation has been the source for several recent major acquisition’s by institutions around the country, including the New Orleans Museum of Art
, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta
, and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco