Reflections: African American Life from the Myrna Colley-Lee Collection

September 14 - November 16


Ernest Crichlow, Window, 1980, oil on canvas. Image courtesy of the artist.

Reflections celebrates the diversity of African American identity; a story of self, place and time, shaped and influenced by people and events of the past. This exhibition is comprised of select works from the private collection of Myrna Colley-Lee, an arts patron and advocate, and includes such noted artists as Elizabeth Catlett, Romare Bearden, Gwen Knight, Betye Saar, James Van Der Zee, and Eudora Welty.
This presentation includes paintings, collages, photographs, textile pieces and works on paper that provide insight into the lives, traditions and environments of African Americans from the 20th century to the present. You are invited to contemplate the richness of that heritage and culture through this display of diverse and insightful works of art.
The imagery in Reflections focuses primarily on narrative works and landscapes of everyday life, past and present. With this multifarious selection, figurative artworks lead viewers on a journey into memory and beyond. Each piece reveals a portion of the inspiring story of the African diaspora that the entire collection portrays so elegantly.
From a collection that reflects the attitude and eye of an artist and cultural connoisseur, this exhibition reveals that collector’s respect and understanding for the African storytelling tradition—from her contemporary African American viewpoint.

Myrna Colley-Lee, the exhibition’s collector, is an arts patron, advocate, and artist. Her passion for the promotion of the artists, especially in the Mississippi Delta region, led her to not only acquire so many exceptional representations of African American art but also to found the SonEdna Organization, which promotes the literary arts.

Reflections is organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC in collaboration with Myrna Colley-Lee.  


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