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Louis Delsarte: Spirit Conjurer Exhibition Opens at NCCU Art Museum

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Description: The North Carolina Central University Art Museum inaugurates its Spring exhibition season with Atlanta-based artist Louis Delsarte beginning Sunday, February 25, 2018, at 2:00 pm. Louis Delsarte: Spirit Conjurer by the Brooklyn, New York native will be the artist’s first museum showing in the triangle. Louis Delsarte received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute and an M.F.A. from the University of Arizona. Since then, he has taught painting and drawing at numerous institutions including Howard University, Pima College in Arizona and Spelman College, among others. Currently, he is teaching art and humanities at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia and has taught within the Atlanta University Center for twenty- seven years.  While drawing, painting, and printmaking have been the foundation of Delsarte’s studio practice, he has not limited himself to only a masterful drawing style. It is easy to discern the spirit world that comes to him through dreams in his work. There is an otherworldly feel in much of his figurative work. His Harlem Renaissance influenced upbringing will be easily noticed in the exhibition, as well as his inventive, multilayered, improvisational compositions. Delsarte has executed several important mural projects including Transitions for the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Spirit of Harlem for Capital One Bank on 125th Street in Harlem, New York. Unfortunately, The Spirit of Harlem was recently covered over by a brick wall, but after a protest is now undergoing restoration. Delsarte is known for his printmaking abilities and has been commissioned by Towson University and New York University’s Faculty Resource Network and the National Black Arts Festival Collector’s Guild in Atlanta, Georgia. In 2005, Delsarte was commissioned by the Coca-Cola Company to paint Quintessential Woman to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Essence magazine during the Essence Festival in New Orleans. In 2007 Delsarte’s Selma to Montgomery was selected by the United Postal Service as the central image in the series of stamps created to celebrate the struggle of African Americans in their search for quality in the United States of America. His most recent mural completed in 2009, The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Mural: Dreams, Visions and Change is 125 feet and celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The mural, commissioned by the city of Atlanta, is installed behind the MLK natatorium facing the King National Historic Site on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia. The Louis Delsarte: Spirit Conjurer exhibition will be on display through April 24, 2018. The North Carolina Central University Art Museum is located on Lawson Street across from the Farrison-Newton Communications Building. North Carolina Central University Art Museum is accessible for all physically challenged persons. For general information or assistance, please call 530-6211. For group visits, please call in advance. The Museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Admission is free. 

When: Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 2:00 PM - Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Where: Art Museum [ G-Map Link ]

Contact Person: Art Production Specialist, Christine M Perry

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