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Harvey B. Gantt Center Announces Masterpiece Moment, featuring Folding Sheets, in partnership with Bank of America
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is announcing the release of the latest Bank of America Masterpiece Moment featuring Folding Sheets, created by artist Jonathan Green in 1989. The bank’s Masterpiece Moment digital video series celebrates great works of art from the collections of museums across the United States, and the Harvey B. Gantt Center was chosen alongside other esteemed museums to showcase a varied array of masterpieces.
Image credits: Jonathan Green (American, b 1955). "Folding Sheets", 1989. Acrylic on canvas. 20 x 15.75 in.
Folding Sheets is one of a series of six works depicting washing days from memories of the artist’s childhood growing up in the Gullah culture in South Carolina. The Gullah are one of the most culturally distinctive African American populations in the United States. These descendants of enslaved people established a rich culture with a distinct dialect, farming practices and artistic traditions – such as sea grass basket weaving – that are directly tied to West Africa. Green is considered one of the most important painters and printmakers of this southern experience, and his work reflects a rich sense of history, place, and his intimate knowledge of the Gullah culture.
"At Bank of America, we believe in the power of the arts to help economies thrive, educate and enrich societies, and create greater cultural understanding," said President of Bank of America Charlotte Kieth Cockrell. "Introducing this Masterpiece Moment about the rich Gullah culture and heritage in partnership with the Harvey B. Gantt Center is another way we are helping to create awareness and encourage dialogue around race, identity, history and justice while also showcasing Jonathan Green’s impressive artwork to enrich our society."
In addition to being broadcast online, this Masterpiece Moment will be on digital displays inside the museum.
"Jonathan Green’s Folding Sheets is one of my favorite works in our collection," said Gantt Center President & CEO David Taylor. "Although the Hewitt Collection is available online, we are pleased that through our partnership with Bank of America Masterpiece Moment, viewers are allowed greater access to this powerful representation of shared responsibility and community."
Beyond this latest partnership, the Gantt Center and Bank of America have a longstanding relationship. In 1998, Bank of America acquired and pledged 58 works to the Gantt Center to form the John & Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art. The Hewitt Collection is an assemblage of two-dimensional works celebrating the expression and passion of twenty artists, including Charlotte-born Romare Bearden and other master artists, Margaret Burroughs, Jonathan Green, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Ann Tanksley and Henry Ossawa Tanner, among them.
The Harvey B. Gantt Center is part of the Bank of America's Museums on Us® program, which provides free admission to the Gantt the first weekend of every month for Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card holders and Bank of America employees.
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About Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Arts + Culture
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture is a multi-disciplinary arts institution located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina. Founded in 1974, the Gantt Center’s mission is to present, preserve and celebrate excellence in the art, history and culture of African-Americans and those of African descent through visual and literary arts, dance music, film, educational programs, theatre productions and community outreach. The Gantt Center features fine art exhibitions from around the world and is home to the nationally celebrated John and Vivian Hewitt Collection of African-American Art, which was generously donated by Bank of America, and is accessible online.
Named for Charlotte civic leader and former mayor Harvey Bernard Gantt, the Gantt Center is housed in an inspired and distinguished award-winning structure designed by architect Philip Freelon, co-designer of the new Smithsonian National Museum for African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). For more information about the Gantt Center and the Initiative for Equity + Innovation, visit ganttcenter.org.
Posted on Thursday, August 12, 2021