January 22 - March 26, 2006
Raymond Saunders is an American artist known for his multimedia paintings which often have sociopolitical undertones, and which incorporate assemblage, drawing, collage and found text. Raymond Saunders dares his audiences to accept the fact that black really is just a color; one among many on the palette of any artist who seeks to emancipate himself and his practice from the binds of identity-driven art. Having exhibited nationally and internationally since 1952, Saunders, working in a range of media from drawing to assemblage, interrogates the false premise that artists who are black produce something that can be uniquely identified as "black art." This exhibition, named after his notable 1967 pamphlet "Black Is a Color," showcases the profound ways Saunders troubles and refuses any easy associations of racial blackness with his deployment of the color black in his paintings as well as any past thematic readings of his body of work.
May 2 - July 2
James Taylor and Cullen B. Washington, Jr.
James Taylor is a watercolorist whose work has a natural softness of subject matter and execution. His remarkable style and handling of the watercolor medium with no formal arts education gave viewers a fresh new view of his world in colorful detail. Cullen B. Washington, Jr., a self-taught artist from Louisiana, complimented Mr. Taylor’s work as they both have an artistic style that concentrates heavily on detail and perfection.
July 16 - September 17
Elizabeth Catlett: Life, Love and Revolution
Elizabeth “Betty” Catlett was an internationally acclaimed sculptor, painter, and printmaker, and also was Hammonds House Museum’s contribution to rounding out the National Black Arts Festival. A week of panels, symposium, and film screenings accompanied the exhibition. Opening and closing ceremonies were held to mark the significance of this giant in the artistic arena. Honorary chairpersons for the closing event were Mayor Shirley Franklin (Atlanta), Michael Lomax (UNCF), and Dr. William Harvey (Hampton University).
September 24 - November 12
Wild Seed: Tae Earl Jackson and D. E. Johnson
The work of Atlanta artists Tae Earl Jackson and D.E. Johnson addressed issues of womanhood, and current struggles through two totally different approaches. Jackson’s sculptures made from coffee grinds, which took a more external view, were quite a contrast to D.E. Johnson’s works on paper that drew from deep introspection and self examination.
November 26, 2006 - January 9, 2007
Frank Toby Martin
Frank Toby Martin was born in 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida. Sunday school, discipline, community activities, and sports shaped his childhood. All modeled into a family who supported individual development. Frank Toby Martin's passion for the arts began while playing in his grandfather's dump as a child. For Martin, this place was more than the final destination for others discarded items, this was architecture, sculpture, music, and photography. It was here in his grandfather's material landscape, that he perceived the meaning of form, light, space, and shape. It was also here where he realized that things that normally would not go together could come together as one to create masterpieces.