Curtis Barnes, Sr., Self-Study, 1978, oil on canvas, 44 x 44 in., courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: Jake Holler


Curtis Barnes, Sr., Portrait of Dorothy (Woman in Red), 1979, 62 x 45 in., courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: Jake Holler

Curtis Barnes, Sr., Portrait of members of the Westwood Community Center, 1992-1998, courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: Jake Holler

Curtis Barnes, Sr.: Love & Peace Courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: Jake Holler

Curtis Barnes, Sr.: Love & Peace, courtesy of Curtis Barnes, Jr. Image: Jake Holler

Curtis Barnes, Sr.: Love & Peace

April 30–July 17, 2021

The Dr. Robert L. Brandt  Jr., Family Gallery and the T. Chase Hale and Jon A. Hale Gallery

Consisting largely of portraits by the late, great educator, mentor, and Dayton legend, Curtis Barnes, Sr., an underappreciated and prolific artist who exemplified a generation of black painters who came of age in the 1960s through the 1990s, and whose contributions are still deeply felt today. The exhibition is curated by Michael Goodson and Zachary Armstrong who worked closely with Barnes’ family to restore and present this never-before-exhibited installation of the faces that moved and motivated this great artist: the Westwood Community portraits, portraits of his immediate family, and, importantly, stolid yet moving images of his own visage which collectively act as a portrait of time and a life dedicated to painting.

Additional Programs & Initiatives

All public programs free and open to all unless otherwise indicated. In-person event capacity determined by current COVID restriction protocol.

Curator’s Tour
Second Saturdays at 2 pm: May 8, June 12, July 10

In Studio: Curtis Barnes, Sr.
The premiere of The Co’s short film series includes an in-depth look at the artist through the eyes of Dayton-area friends. Register at thecontemporarydayton.org

Sponsors

The Fund for Social Justice Through Art
Presented by PNC Bank

PRESENTING SPONSOR
College of Arts and Sciences, University of Dayton

EXHIBITION PARTNERS
Curtis Barnes, Jr. and Family
Sally Struthers

EDUCATION & PUBLIC PROGRAMS
Dr. Robert L. Brandt, Jr.

Also on view:

UPDATE: Nina Chanel Abney's Artist Talk will be livestreamed instead of in-person on Saturday, September 18 at 6 p.m.

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