Barbara Earl Thomas Exhibition The Illuminated Body to Open at Arthur Ross Gallery in February 2024

Almanac: Volume 70 Issue 20
The Arthur Ross Gallery presents The Illuminated Body, an exhibition of works by artist Barbara Earl Thomas, which will be on view from February 17-May 21, 2024. Invoking the canonical history of portraiture and silhouettes, Ms. Thomas creates powerful narratives that address systemic racism, gun violence, history, literature, and climate change across the media of paint, printmaking, and glass. The exhibition is composed of largely figurative artworks including a large-scale installation entitled The Transformation Room. Throughout Ms. Thomas’ work, light and color interplay to explore both physical and metaphorical illumination. Ms. Thomas’ large-scale cut paper artworks celebrate her personal friends alongside great Black cultural icons like August Wilson, Seth Parker Woods, and Charles Johnson. In tandem with the exhibition, renowned cellist Seth Parker Woods will perform Difficult Grace in Zellerbach Theater at Penn Live Arts on April 11, 2024
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