Through the approximately 50 works of art, Bearden recasts Homer’s celebrated heroes and villains as black people, transforming the epic poem into a poignantly universal story. As the artist stated, “All of us are on a kind of odyssey. And I think this is what makes the story so lasting, so classic, and applicable to everyone.”
Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey is organized by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service in partnership with the Romare Bearden Foundation, DC Moore Gallery, and the curator of the exhibition, the Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and founder of the Center for Jazz Studies, Robert G. O’Meally. It is supported by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.
The Fort Worth presentation is supported in part by Bates Container, the Garvey Texas Foundation, and AZZ incorporated.
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Watch CBS's Teresa Frosini discuss the exhibition.
Listen to Studio 360's podcast, produced by WNPR's Catie Talarski, on artist Romare Bearden.