Work of Black Artists on Display thru December

The work of Alison Saar (above) is on display at the Univ. of Ky Art Museum through December.

University of Kentucky Art Gallery

September 9 to December 3, 2017

Friday, September 8, 5:30 – 7:30
Meet acclaimed artist, Alison Saar and celebrate the opening of Breach with fellow art enthusiasts.

Saturday, September 9, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Singletary Center for Arts, Recital Hall, FREE
Exhibiting artist Alison Saar discusses her work and aspects of historical events and African American legacies with Museum Curator Janie Welker.

Alison Saar is a sculptor, installation artist, painter, and printmaker equally adept at carving wood, assembling found objects, or creating canvases out of materials with their own histories: sugar sacks, mattress ticking, and old linens. In Breach, she looks back in time to the Great Mississippi River Flood of 1927 to investigate contemporary and enduring social and cultural themes.

Her interest in the historic flood was triggered by an artist residency in New Orleans five years after Katrina, where the treatment of flood victims was still fresh in people’s minds and many historic African American neighborhoods had been decimated. Saar’s work addresses social and political legacies of the African diaspora and slavery, as well as the resulting contributions to modern art and culture, all spurred by the northern migration of those displaced by the flood. She also examines the complex relationship of African Americans to rivers, both healing and punitive.

Saar’s own history is steeped in art: her mother Betye is an acclaimed collage and assemblage artist and her father Richard was a painter and art conservator. A recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and Joan Mitchell Foundation Fellowships, Saar currently lives in Los Angeles. Her work can be found in the collections of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the High Museum in Atlanta, among others.

ALISON SAAR, Breach , 2016, found trunks, washtubs, and miscellaneous objects. Courtesy of the artist and LA Louver Gallery, Los Angeles

Singletary Center for the Arts 405 Rose Street, Lexington, KY (859) 257-5716


Transylvania Morlan Art Gallery

Stories to Tell: The Work of Winfred Rembert

Sept. 8-Oct

  • ll Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert” Film Screening with Director Vivian Ducat | Thursday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m., The Lyric Theater (300 E. Third Street); Q&A to follow the film with Ducat and the artist. Free and open to the public!
  • Opening Reception with Winfred Rembert and Vivian Ducat| Friday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. Free and open to the public!
  • Lexington Gallery Hop, Friday, September 15, 5-8 p.m.


Raised in Georgia, self-taught artist Winfred Rembert grew up in the 1950s rural south at the end of Jim Crow and the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. As a child he regularly worked in the cotton fields, a reoccurring theme in his work.  Arrested during a Civil Rights march, Rembert taught himself to tool and dye leather while incarcerated. Rembert stretches, stains, and etches on leather to create scenes from memory, stories that tell the truth with art.

Morlan Gallery 300 North Broadway Mitchell Fine Arts Building, Lexington, KY (859) 233-8142


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