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PAFA Celebrates African American Art

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Alma Woodsey Thomas, WIND AND FLOWERS, 1973, watercolor on paper, 14 1/2 x 18 in, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts now has a two-part exhibition of works on paper by African American artists. As WRTI’s Jim Cotter reports, the works on view represent a wide range of explorations in this medium.

In his essay "Of Our Spiritual Strivings," the great academic and civil rights leader W.E.B. Du Bois argued that true equality for African Americans would ultimately have to also include an end to cultural isolation. This latest PAFA exhibition takes its title from that 1903 essay published in Du Bois' The Souls of Black Folk.

Spiritual Strivings: A Celebration of African American Works on Paper at PAFA from June 27 to October 12, 2014.

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Hear more of Jim's interview with Robert Cozzolino, Senior Curator and Curator of Modern Art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.