The High Museum of Art is showcasing Rising Up: Hale Woodruff‘s Murals from Talladega College thru September 2nd, 2012. The Rising Up Murals were commissioned in 1938 to celebrate the success of one of the the nations first all black colleges. After twelve months of conservation at the Atlanta Art Conservation Center under the watchful eye of the High Museum of Art, the murals are now ready for you to see.
The six vibrant murals are arranged in two cycles of three. The first cycle includes Mutiny on the Amistad portraying an uprising on the the slave ship, La Amistad. The second cycle reveals The Trial of the Amistad Captives, showing the court proceedings following the mutiny. The third cycle, The Repatriation of the Freed Captives, portrays the subsequent freedom and return to Africa of the Amistad captives. The companion murals show the Underground Railway, the Building of Savery Library Opening Day at Talladega College and early campus life.
The High Museum of Art exhibition will also focus on Hale Woodruff‘s early works as a muralist as well as the time he spent in Mexico painting smaller scale works with muralist, Diego Rivera. The exhibit explores his impact on the arts and the opportunity he provided for other artists of color in his new role as first chair at the newly established Clark University from 1931 to 1946. During the mid 1960’s Hale Woodruff and Romare Bearden where instrumental in founding the Spiral Group, a collaboration of fellow African-American artist working in New York.
Talladega College is thrilled that the murals have been restored and they are able to be shared around the country for the next three years before returning to Talladega College. Hale Woodruff‘s Murals should give the college great exposure and help in fundraising and recruiting.
When you are planning your Atlanta Getaway this summer and are looking for a cool place to spend an afternoon, don’s miss The High Museum of Art, Rising Up: Hale Woodruff‘s Mural.