‘Souls Grown Deep’ exhibition highlights VMFA acquisition of African-American works | Richmond Free Press

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts invites Richmond area residents to view 34 pieces of work by black artists and reflect on cultural contributions by African-Americans in a first-of-its-kind exhibition under the purview of Valerie Cassel Oliver.

Ms. Oliver, the Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the museum since July 2017, was responsible for the purchase of the pieces from the Atlanta-based Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an organization that describes its mission as “documenting, preserving and promoting the contributions of artists from the African-American South, and the cultural traditions in which they are rooted.”

Ms. Oliver hopes the showing will expand the long-standing, exclusionary notions of what is — and what is not — modern…

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