[Philadelphia. 1967]. Broadside printed in brown on light blue paper, 18 x 12 inches. Minor edge wear, small bump along left edge, occasional mild spotting. Overall very good. Item #WRCAM56535
An attractive and rare poster promoting a series of public events for Philadelphia-area African-American artists held at the Lee Cultural Center, 440 Haverford Avenue, in February and March, 1967. Events included fine art, poetry, drama, dance, a gallery talk, and jazz, folk, blues, and gospel music. The "Afro-American Thespians" were directed by Ed Bernard and the "Afro-American Dance Ensemble" was directed by A. Hall. Several other artists are also listed by first initial and last name, including H. Showell, C. Malone, C. Campbell, and D. Morton. The gallery talk was given by Randall Craig of the Philadelphia Board of Education. The most prominent exhibition included an "Oils Sculpture by local artists Honoring Louis Sloan." Louis B. Sloan was a legend in his own time in Philadelphia, a prominent landscape painter, teacher, conservator, Guggenheim Fellow, and member of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He was a teacher at PAFA at the time of this exhibition, and the sculpture was likely created by his students in his honor. His works reside in the permanent collections of PAFA, as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Woodmere Art Museum, and numerous private collections around the globe. He passed away from a heart attack in 2008 while on his way to paint outdoors with a friend. The present event poster is itself a handsome piece of word art, printed in varying sizes of type and with an interesting color scheme. OCLC records just a single copy, at the British Library. OCLC 1063496192.