Born April 17~ Barbara Jones-Hogu

Barbara Jones-Hogu (April 17, 1938-November 14, 2017) was a painter, printmaker, filmmaker, and educator from Chicago. She was a member of OBAC and co-founded the artists’ collective AfriCOBRA.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Jones-Hogu

God’s Child by Barbara Jones-Hogu
2009 / Twelve color screenprint on Arches 88 paper / Image: 14″x23 1/4″ / DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL

Barbara Jones-Hogu on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/barbara-jones-hogu/

Further reading:
https://never-the-same.org/interviews/barbara-jones-hogu/
https://www.culturetype.com/2017/11/21/chicago-artist-barbara-jones-hogu-a-founding-member-of-africobra-has-died/
http://www.areachicago.org/the-history-philosophy-and-aesthetics-of-africobra/

Born April 15~ Elizabeth Catlett

Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915-April 2, 2012) was an African-American artist who explored themes relating to race and feminism in her range of sculpture, paintings, and prints.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_Catlett

Mother and Child by Elizabeth Catlett
1956 / Terra cotta / 11 1/4″x7″x7″ / Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Elizabeth Catlett on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/elizabeth-catlett/

Further reading:
https://schristywolfe.com/2016/04/15/11216/
https://nmaahc.si.edu/latinx/elizabeth-catlett
https://philamuseum.org/calendar/exhibition/artist-focus-elizabeth-catlett

Born April 14~ Howardena Pindell

Artist, scholar, educator, writer, and curator, Howardena Pindell (born April 14, 1943) works across figuration, abstraction, and conceptualism.
Biography on MCA Chicago: https://pindell.mcachicago.org/about/artist-biography/

Memory: Past by Howardena Pindell
1980–1981 / Mixed media on canvas / 126″x84″/ Museum of Modern Art, NYC

Howardena Pindell on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/howardena-pindell/

Further reading:
https://www.airgallery.org/howardena-pindell
https://www.thehistorymakers.org/biography/howardena-pindell-41
https://awarewomenartists.com/en/artiste/howardena-pindell/

Born April 13~ Lezley Saar

Lezley Saar (born April 13, 1953) is a visual artist whose paintings, mixed-media works, and altered books are centered on the human figure and on narration.
Biography on The Women’s Studio: https://thewomensstudio.net/2018/04/30/lezley-saar/

The Silent Woman by Lezley Saar
2015 / Acrylic on fabric on panel / 20″x16″ / Walter Maciel Gallery

Lezley Saar on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/lezley-saar/

Further reading:
https://www.bridgeprojects.com/artists/lezley-saar
https://hyperallergic.com/387952/lezley-saars-melancholic-poetics-of-identity/
https://www.crockerart.org/oculus/legends-from-los-angeles-betye-lezley-and-alison-saar-in-the-crocker-collection

Born April 10~ Marie Johnson-Calloway

Marie Edwards Johnson-Calloway (April 10, 1920-February 11, 2018) was an American artist who worked in the fields of painting and mixed-media assemblage.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marie_E._Johnson-Calloway

School Crossing Guard by Marie Johnson-Calloway
1970s / Mixed media on board / 65″x55″ / Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Marie Johnson-Calloway on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/marie-johnson-calloway/

Further reading:
https://www.moadsf.org/exhibition/marie-johnson-calloway-legacy-color/
https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/artists/marie-johnson-calloway
https://blackartstory.org/2020/11/24/profile-marie-e-johnson-calloway-1920-2018/

Born April 7~ Sister Gertrude Morgan

Sister Gertrude Morgan (April 7, 1900-July 8, 1980) was a self-taught African-American artist, musician, poet, and preacher.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Morgan

New Jerusalem by Sister Gertrude Morgan
N.D. / Acrylic and ink on pieced card / 6 3/4″x7 3/4″ / Private collection

Sister Gertrude Morgan on Artnet: http://www.artnet.com/artists/gertrude-sister-morgan/

Further reading:
https://americanart.si.edu/artist/sister-gertrude-morgan-3413
https://www.bridgeprojects.com/artists/sister-gertrude-morgan
https://www.nga.gov/features/exhibitions/outliers-and-american-vanguard-artist-biographies/sister-gertrude-morgan.html

Born February 5~ Lucinda Toomer

Lucinda Toomer (February 5, 1888-September 1, 1983) was an American artist who worked in the African-American tradition of quiltmaking.
Biography on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucinda_Toomer

Le Moyne Star Variation Quilt by Lucinda Toomer
1981 / Cotton and synthetics / 71 1/4 × 62″ / American Folk Art Museum, NYC

Further reading:
http://east2.amz.digiscribecloud.com/artists/330
https://www.arts.gov/honors/heritage/lucinda-toomer
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/183827259/lucinda-toomer

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 22

Portrait of Yaya by James “Yaya” Hough

2015 / Acrylic on parachute cloth / 60″x35 1/2″x6″ / Collection Russell Craig

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November 21, 2019: James ‘Yaya’ Hough Named Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office Artist-in-Residence
https://medium.com/philadelphia-justice/james-yaya-hough-named-philadelphia-dao-artist-in-residence-3da490b7ae21

National Arts and Humanities Month~ October 11

Will You Forget Me by Emma Amos

1991 / Acrylic on canvas with fabric collage and African fabric borders
65″x45″ / Emma Amos/Ryan Lee Gallery, New York, NY

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