Romare Bearden, Profile/Part I, The Twenties: Pittsburgh Memories, Farewell Eugene, 1978.


Romare Bearden

High Museum of Art
1280 Peachtree Street, NE
January 29–April 29

Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood
June 20–September 12

Whitney Museum of American Art
99 Gansevoort Street
October 14–January 9

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA)
151 Third Street
February 7–May 16

National Gallery of Art
Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
September 14–January 4

Everybody knows Romare Bearden’s collages, but even those who delight in his trademark crisp edges, bang-on color, and iconographic witticisms might not be familiar with the man’s sculpture, album-cover designs, stage sets, and costumes. It’s fitting, then, that the National Gallery should put together the most encyclopedic exhibition of his work ever. Oh yes, Bearden is an African-American artist; to mention that is both essential (his art constitutes one of the great chronicles of African-American life) and irrelevant (artistically the competition runs to Giotto, Cézanne, and Japanese prints).

Sept. 14–Jan. 4; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Feb. 7, 2004–May 16, 2004; Dallas Museum of Art, June 20, 2004–Sept. 12, 2004; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Oct. 14, 2004–Jan. 9, 2005; High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Jan. 29, 2005–Apr. 24, 2005.