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VOICES: Melvin Edwards, Sculptor
October 16, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Melvin Edwards is a pioneer in the history of contemporary African American art and sculpture. Born in Houston, Texas, he began his artistic career at the University of Southern California. In 1967, his work was exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem; in 1970, he became the first African American sculptor to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Melvin Edwards: Crossroads, on view from September 29th to January 12, 2020, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, is a new exhibition exploring the cross-cultural connections in Edwards’ sculpture from 1980 to the present, in particular connections to African art, languages, poetry, liberations politics, and philosophy. He has made reciprocal ties to many African countries including Senegal, where he has a home. Alongside a selection of larger sculpture are presented 18 works from the artist’s famous Lynch Fragments, welded sculptures made in response to racial violence and the Vietnam War or made to honor individuals.