Art History Group

Tuesday, October 113:00—4:00 PMProgram RoomNewburyport Public LibraryNewburyport Public Library, 94 State Street, Newburyport, MA, 01950

Join the monthly Art History Group! 

We will review the life and works of one artist each month, and discuss the movements that they contributed to. No prior knowledge of art history or the artist of the month is necessary. This group meets in-person on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 3 PM. 

Boston-native Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998) lived during a time of great hostility and prejudice towards women and Black artists. She first worked as a textile designer after graduating from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, but soon turned her attention to fine art in a career that spanned over seventy years. Influenced by the Harlem Renaissance and her many travels abroad, she was one of the first Black expatriates to study and work in Paris, which profoundly impacted her art. Jones drew on a wide variety of influences, including the arts of Europe, the Caribbean, African iconography, and African-American motifs. She left behind an extraordinarily diverse collection of work in style and execution. 

We will begin by discussing the Harlem Renaissance, then view Loïs Mailou Jones’ works throughout the decades, that continue to inspire generations of artists to this day.    

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