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Collecting African American Art with David Lusenhop

February 18, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


As part of The Electrostatic Man: The Art of Miller Horns exhibition and Black History Month, AAWR will host a Collecting Art Talk: Collecting African American Art with David Lusenhop on Saturday, February 18th, 2017. 1:00-3:00pm at the Artists Archives of the Western Reserve.

The Collecting Art Talks are part of our new 2017 Art Bites programing, and are designed to stimulate the local economy by pulling together artists, art collectors both new & experienced, curators, art historians, art dealers and gallery owners.

The talk is FREE and open to the public, however,  YOU MUST REGISTER TO ATTENDTO REGISTER:  Click HERE to follow the Eventbrite link and click “Register” OR call our offices at 216.721.9020.

In the Collecting African American Art , David Lusenhop will present a forty-five minute illustrated talk about his experiences working with museums to get important art by African Americans in public collections. He will show images of art that he has handled as an art dealer and collector, tell stories about how the works were discovered, and talk about the sometimes complicated process of working with public museums. David will discuss how mainstream American museums, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, have begun to diversify both their collections and their staffs as a way to present a more accurate history of American art, and to better serve diverse audiences. He will close the talk with some thoughts on the work of the late Akron, Ohio artist Miller Horns whose work David has begun to collect in depth. He will discuss why he believes Horns’ work belongs in more public collections.

About the speaker:

David Lusenhop is a Cleveland-based art dealer, collector and independent scholar specializing in aspects of African American art history. Since 1989, David has worked with private collectors and institutions interested in collecting, preserving and researching art by African American artists. His private collection of forty-four artworks made by artists associated with the Black Arts Movement in America was acquired by the Brooklyn Museum in 2013. In recent years he has sold important paintings, drawings and prints to several American art museums including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Columbus Museum of Art, and the Detroit Institute of Arts.


February 18, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Artists Archives of the Western Reserve
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1834 E. 123rd St.
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