US: Boca Raton Museum of Art Commemorates Black History Month

The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s online initiatives have become a mainstay for art lovers to enjoy, from the comfort and safety of their homes, during the pandemic.

Artist Renée Cox

New for Black History Month:

Virtual art to enjoy online, by Renée Cox and Benjamin Patterson. Their compelling works are currently on view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The Founding Director of the FMU Social Justice Institute, Dr. Tameka Hobbs, presents an educational webinar about the history of racism in Florida.

The online initiatives #BocaMuseumfromHome and #KeepKidsSmartWithArt are supported by Art Bridges Foundation. The Boca Raton Museum of Art virtual programming provides access to everyone beyond our gallery walls. Additional support for the Museum’s family programme is provided by PNC Grow Up Great.

The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s new online video shines a light on ‘The Signing’, an artwork by Renée Cox (pictured above) that is making its museum premiere with this exhibition. Her work glamorously re-imagines the signing of the US Constitution, with women and men of colour in place of the founding fathers. The Museum will exhibit this artwork for several months, through September of 2021.

Benjamin Patterson

The new art video for Black History Month also showcases My 13 Presidents, by Benjamin Patterson (above), the only Black member of the Fluxus Art Movement.

Patterson was also a symphony musician, and had to emigrate to Europe in 1960, because at that time no orchestras in the US would hire Black musicians.

In his wry series, the artist humorously depicts the 13 US presidents that served during his lifetime (1934 – 2016) and ends with President Obama.

Patterson died in June of the election year 2016, leaving us to wonder how his ironic presidential depictions might have evolved during present times.

Visit bocamuseum.org/visit/virtual-visits to enjoy the Museum’s current online content, including video tours and digital gallery guides.

Support for #BocaMuseumatHome and #KeepKidsSmartwithArt virtual programming is provided by Art Bridges Foundation. Museum hours, admission prices and more visitor information available at bocamuseum.org/visit.

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