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Kevin Cole: Soul Ties

Saturday, Jan 25, 2020 — Sunday, Apr 19, 2020

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Cole’s paintings, three-dimensional wooden and metal constructions, are recognizable due to his frequent use of the necktie as a motif, which alludes to both struggle and celebration in the African American experience. Colorful works such as “Spiritual Celebration with Miles, Dizzy and Coltrane” (1992) make reference to the rich history and improvisational nature of jazz and blues music. In addition to the exhibition, “When My Scars are My Testimony” (2018) is on display in the museum’s M. Smith Griffith Grand Hall as an elegant amalgamation of twisted ties formed with thin strips of etched aluminum.


Shawnya L. Harris, Larry D. and Brenda A. Thompson Curator of African American and African Diasporic Art


Dorothy Alexander Roush Gallery