I guess summer isn’t technically over, but I’ve started back on my teaching schedule at San Jose State, which is my unofficial “summer’s over” date. One memorable experience for me this summer was the Romare Bearden exhibition put on by the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD). I first learned about Bearden in 2004 when the San Francisco Museum of Art (SFMOMA) put on an exhibition of his artwork. I was entranced by his collages–the amazing use of color, the cubist-like style of his pieces, and the subjects he chose to portray. I really loved that there were images of people who looked like me; at the time it was a revelation. Bearden includes a very broad range of subjects in his art, but I particularly lke his depictions of African American life and his portrayal of families, urban life, the Great Migration, and jazz music. I’ve included some examples below. These pieces were part of MoAD’s exhibition:From Process to Print: Graphic Works by Romare Bearden.

This image is from Bearden’s Odysseus series (The Fall of Troy):

This print is a great example of his depiction of the family living in the rural South (The Family):

Bearden created a lot of work related to the great migration of African Americans from the South to the North (The Train):

(All images courtesy of the Museum of the African Diaspora, www.moadsf.org)