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Alison Saar, En Pointe, 2010
Wood, bronze, graphite, and rope
87 x 52 x 30 inches
Elements: wood figure w/attached bronze antlers, rope, pulley, hardware
± 175 lbs, hung from ceiling
Image courtesy of LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA

We have an exciting exhibition program for the upcoming academic year 2013–14; in the fall, we will present Allison Saar: Still... an exhibition of 11 sculptures created from 2010 through 2012. This is the first time the Center will present a sculpture only exhibition, and it will be thrilling to see the gallery with sculptures on the walls, floors, and even hanging from the ceiling!

The exhibition will open at the Driskell Center on Thursday, September 12, 2013 with an opening reception featuring a gallery tour by the artist from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., it will stay on display through Friday, December 13, 2013.

Alison Saar’s work is deeply tied to her multiracial heritage, and it is through this lens which she so strikingly captures the human spirit. Through her sculptures, she displays the primal intensity of people underlying the civility of everyday life. Saar scrutinizes bigotry and historical burdens and portrays these concepts through a visual and kinesthetic tension, common in many of her pieces. Saar’s use of commonplace and specialized materials in her works make them highly unique.

Combining African art and ritual, Greek mythology, and German aspects of expressionism, Saar challenges stereotypes and offers an indictment of human discrimination. This exhibition, organized by the Ben Maltz Gallery, Otis College of Art and Design, has traveled to the Figge Art Museum, and later it will travel to Bakalar & Paine Galleries, MassArt in Massachusetts.


On January 30, 2014 through May 23, 2014, we will present CHARLES WHITE – HEROES: GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN, a wonderful exhibition of 47 prints. In addition, we will also exhibit several of White’s works from the Center’s permanent collection.


Finally, in the fall of 2014, we will present Robert Blackburn: Printmaker and Modernist, a major exhibition and conference, focusing on the contribution of Blackburn to American art. We will keep you informed with additional exciting news about this project.

All exhibition projects at the David C. Driskell Center are supported by the Maryland State Arts Council.

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