Art Display - Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett
Apr 15, 2023
160 West Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA 52242
Celebrate visionary artist and UIowa MFA alum Elizabeth Catlett's birthday with the premiere and encore screening of Standing Strong: Elizabeth Catlett at FilmScene, and a special display of related works at the Stanley Museum of Art.
Artist and activist Elizabeth Catlett was a pioneer of The Black Arts Movement who lived and worked in Mexico after being the first artist to receive an MFA from the University of Iowa in Studio Arts in 1941, where she studied under Grant Wood. Her connection to human rights led to her imprisonment during the McCarthy era and the declaration of her as an "undesirable alien," after which she renounced her U.S. citizenship. As a Mexican citizen she exhibited her work worldwide and continued to buoy her efforts in activism fueled by the Black Power and feminist movements of the ’70s. Her monumental works of Mahalia Jackson and Ralph Ellison are awe inspiring, but her most iconic works are those of Black women and mothers, which speak to obstacles she battled throughout her life.
Film premiering at 1 p.m. at FilmScene, followed by a post-show discussion with the filmmaking team and other experts, including Melanie Herzog, author of Elizabeth Catlett: In the Image of the People and Elizabeth Catlett: An American Artist in Mexico. For more information, visit FilmScene's website. View the film's trailer here.
All weekend, a selection of works by Elizabeth Catlett will be on view in the Stanley Museum of Art's Visual Laboratory.
Singing Their Songs, from For My People
Museum purchase, 2006.74C
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