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[TN] Fisk exhibit shines light...

Fisk exhibit shines light on African-American art
Show provides look at diversity of artists' work in past century

Staff Writer

Over its 140-year history, Fisk University has served as one of Nashville's cultural beacons, celebrated as the home of the Fisk Jubilee Singers and the school that graduated such esteemed writers as W.E.B. DuBois and Nikki Giovanni.

Lately, however, the financially strapped university has found itself in the middle of a controversy raging over its intent to sell two paintings from its Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern Art: Marsden Hartley's "Painting No. 3" and Georgia O'Keeffe's "Radiator Building Night, New York."

Awaiting a February court date that will determine whether it has the legal right to sell the paintings, Fisk faces a dilemma. Will it be forced to hold onto these paintings, or will it stand to make millions while letting go of two hugely important masterworks, bequeathed to the school in 1949 by none other than
O'Keeffe herself?

The situation yields no easy answers, but Fisk University gallery director Dr. Victor Simmons points out that the furor over the embattled Stieglitz Collection which sits in storage while the school's Carl Van Vechten Gallery undergoes renovations obscures the more than 4,000 other artworks that Fisk counts among its holdings.
Gregory Ridley is one of many artist-professors featured in the Fisk exhibit. He taught at the university from the 1980s until his death in 2004. His abstract painting, "Man and Machine," from 1962, is pictured. (COURTESY OF AARON DOUGLAS GALLERY)

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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