When: March 25-May 20 2011
Dorothy Thompson, a former school teacher, began collecting art from 20th century African American artists in the 1980s. Over time her collection grew to include more than 100 pieces, and is now considered one of the South’s most impressive private collections. Fisk University is hosting an exhibit of selected work from the collection, including art by greats such as Romare Bearden, Varnette Honeywood and Bernard Williams. Thompson’s son, Lamar Wilson, is an art dealer and co-curator of the exhibit, and his influence helped guide and develop Thompson’s passion for collecting. As co-curator of the exhibit, Wilson provides the public with a chance to be similarly influenced.