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Artist Talk: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell

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Akron Art Museum

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In 1968, Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell founded AfriCOBRA with artists Jeff Donaldson, Barbara J. Jones and Gerald Williams. Headquartered in Chicago, the group gathered in Wadsworth’s studio to develop an approach to art that was inspired by the colors, rhythms and patterns that the artists found in the music, fashion and art of the African continent, creating a style and identity that celebrated the richness of their creative heritage and delivering strong, positive messages for black communities. The couple, who now live in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, will give a talk about their careers.

This artist talk is presented in conjuction with Jeff Donaldson: Dig at the Akron Art Museum through January 21, 2019. Find out more about the exhibition.

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About the Jarrells

Wadsworth Jarrell’s work has been collected by the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the High Museum of Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Art.

Jae Jarrell’s work has appeared in several major exhibitions, including Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties (2014) at the Brooklyn Museum, and How to Remain Human (2015) at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Her work has been collected by the Brooklyn Museum.

The work of both artists was exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art in Heritage: Wadsworth and Jae Jarrell in 2017-18.

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