Howard University Gallery of Art
March 13 to November 30, 2023
Gallery hours: Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Genesis features over 100 works of art from the Ronald W. and Patricia Turner Walters Collection. The exhibition incorporates selected works from the recent gift by Mrs. Walters to the Howard University Gallery of Art. Genesis interrogates six major themes at the axis of a multidirectional path intersecting historical, sociopolitical, and artistic movements as seen in the lives of African American such as: Empowered Realities, A Cultural Revival, Terrestrial Subjectivities, The Experience: Synthesizing the Past, A Road to Black Lives Matter, and Temporalities in Abstraction. It presents a trajectory of black subjectivity in the legacy of Howard University Department of Political Science chair and professor, international political scholar and activist Dr. Ronald W. Walters, and the artistic representation of African Americans as visual culture for social progress.
The Ronald W. and Patricia Turner Walters Collection
Patricia Turner and Ron W. Walters started building their art collection in the mid-1980s. The collection grew as Mrs. Walters visited galleries and frequented auction houses. According to her, “it was my friendship with the well-known African American artist, curator, and scholar David Driskell that paved the road for acquiring knowledge about African American art, the artists, and artworks.” Mrs. Walters built the art collection as Dr. Walters, her husband, built his career as a leading scholar of politics and race. Due to the sociopolitical climate in the United States during the 20th century, Mrs. Walters started collecting when African American art was not the commodity that it is at the present. More than a decade after her husband’s passing, Mrs. Walters donated 152 pieces to Howard University Gallery of Art, honoring her husband’s academic home for 25 years.
The exhibition was curated and organized by the Howard University Gallery of Art in collaboration with Mrs. Patricia Turner Walters and the Howard University Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center.
Supported in part by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Kathryn Coney-Ali and Raul Moarquech Ferrera-Balanquet, Co-Executive Directors
Scott Baker, Assistant Director
Abby Eron, Registrar
Greg Jackson, Art Preparator
Kelis George, Jada Brooks, Tarell Essex-Simmons, C’Asia Repass, Olujimi Ojo-Ade, Bryten Gant, Eric January, and Mekbib Gebertsadik, Assistants