Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey (M Beard .B355 A4 2007)

In 1977, Romare Bearden (1911–1988) created twenty collages based on episodes from The Odyssey, Homer’s ancient Greek poem. Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is the first full-scale presentation of these works since they were originally shown thirty years ago. The exhibition also includes additional compositions relating to Bearden’s interest in classical themes and will examine his motivations in creating these works within the context of the Odysseus Series and his overall oeuvre. The exhibition is accompanied by this 112-page full-color case-bound catalogue with an essay by Robert G. O’Meally, scholar, Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at New York’s Columbia University, and founder of the Center for Jazz Studies.

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