WEST PALM BEACH. Fla. – On Saturday, April 19, 2008, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Norton Museum of Art will host FAMU Day as it unveils an extensive exhibition drawn from the artistic and historical treasures collected by California residents and FAMU alumni, Bernard and Shirley Kinsey. This exhibition contains nearly 100 historically significant pieces of art and artifacts by some the most prominent African-American artists and historical figures from 1638 to the present.
In the Hands of African American Collectors: The Personal Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey presents the journey of the Kinseys as they embrace and acquire art and artifacts. From rarely seen slave owners’ documents and brilliant expressions in paint, to glimpses into private eighteenth and nineteenth-century lives, the Kinsey Collection reflects a rich cultural and historical heritage which they hope to preserve for future generations.
Other scheduled events include the following:
- On Sunday, April 20, at 10 a.m., FAMU Day will be observed at Tabernacle Church located at 801 8th Street, West Palm Beach. President Ammons will be the keynote speaker.
- A public conversation by the Kinseys on Sunday, April 20, at 3 p.m. for the entire community.
- An evening reception at the public school which bears Bernard’s father’s name, U.B. Kinsey/Palmview Elementary School of the Arts in West Palm Beach, on Monday, April 21, from 6 p.m. to
The Kinsey’s exhibition will remain at the Norton Museum of Art located at 1451 S. Olive Avenue, West Palm Beach, Fla. through July 20, 2008.
Personal Treasures includes works of art by important African-American artists such as Henry O. Tanner, William H. Johnson, Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett and Sam Gilliam; as well as historical documents and artifacts of Phillis Wheatley, Benjamin Banneker, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Ann Jacobs, Alain Locke and Malcolm X. When viewed as a whole, the 90 plus objects reveal important aspects of American history and culture.
The Norton Museum of Art is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays from May through October and on major holidays. General admission is $8 for adults; $3 for visitors ages 13 to 21; and free for members and children under 13. An additional charge may apply for special exhibitions. West Palm Beach residents receive free admission to the permanent collection every Saturday, with proof of residency. Palm Beach County residents receive free admission to the permanent collection the first Saturday of each month, with proof of residency. For additional information, please call (561) 832-5196 or visit www.norton.org.
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