Country Road, Missouri by Henry Bannarn
Country Road, Missouri by Henry Bannarn
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One of the late MCAD alum Henry Bannarn's paintings is on display in the exhibition Black Lives Matter, Black Culture Matters at the Kruizenga Art Museum.

African American artist Henry Bannarn experienced the effects of the Great Migration as a child when his family moved from Oklahoma to Minnesota. He grew up in Minneapolis and studied at MCAD (the Minneapolis School of Arts at that time) before moving to New York City in the 1930s, where he was hired to teach at the Harlem Art Workshop. Known primarily as a sculptor and painter, Bannarn was a central figure in the Harlem Renaissance art world.

Referring to Bannarn's painting, the curator of the exhibition, Charles Mason, commented that "this painting of a modest house along a country road in Missouri reflects the nostalgia felt by many African Americans for the simpler, rustic life they left behind as a result of the Great Migration."

Black Lives Matter, Black Culture Matters
August 18–November 21, 2020
Kruizenga Art Museum (Holland, MI)

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