The work of Loïs Mailou Jones (1905-1998), a pioneering African-American artist, will be featured in a retrospective exhibition at the Mint Museum of Art, opening November 14

In celebration of this exhibition, the museum will offer two community events on opening weekend.

The public is invited to attend a sneak preview of the exhibition at a “First Look Friday” event held at the Mint on Friday, Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The event will feature musical performances by Queens University Chamber Singers and Johnson C. Smith University Choir, refreshments, craft activities and a lecture on Jones’s 75-year career by art historian and curator Barry Gaither. Admission is $10 per person or free for Mint members.

On Saturday, November 14, families can take part in art-making activities inspired by Jones’s artistic styles in the Wachovia-Wells Fargo Family Saturday: Art in Vibrant Color. Children of all ages are invited to drop by the Museum between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to create a patterned African textile or dabble in still life drawing and painting. Family Saturdays are free for children when accompanied by paid adult admission.

The exhibition Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color surveys the artist’s 70-year career, stretching from the late Harlem Renaissance to her contemporary synthesis of African, Caribbean and American iconography. Featuring more than 70 works from the artist’s estate as well as from public and private collections, the exhibition includes paintings, sketches and textile designs. Synthesizing a myriad of influences and encounters over her lifetime, Loïs Mailou Jones’s oeuvre remains a significant contribution to American art.

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