Exhibitions

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
May 22 - September 23, 2018

This exhibition will present 30 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by self-taught contemporary African American artists to celebrate the 2014 gift to The Metropolitan Museum of Art of works of art from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation.

de Young Museum
June 3, 2017 to April 1, 2018

Revelations: Art from the African American South celebrates the debut of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco major acquisition from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation in Atlanta of 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States.

American Folk Art Museum
June 21 - September 18, 2016

Organized by the Ackland Art Museum, Fever Within: The Art of Ronald Lockett is a groundbreaking retrospective of a passionately inspired and little-understood figure in twentieth-century American art.

80 Washington Square East Gallery, NYC
June 9 - August 7, 2015

Taking its title from folklorist William Ferris’s seminal text on Thomas’s work, The Devil and His Blues will be the first major institutional solo presentation of James ‘Son Ford’ Thomas’s sculpture to take place since the artist’s death in 1993.

Frist Center for the Visual Arts
May 25 - September 2, 2012

This exhibition explores parallels and intersections in the works of the world-famous Gee’s Bend quilters and the self-taught master of assemblage art, Thornton Dial.

Ackland Art Museum
March 30 – July 1, 2012

While most recognized for his large scale, multi-media assemblages, Thornton Dial’s drawings are his most prolific body of work, spanning from the early 1990s into the present.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
February 25 - September 18, 2011

Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial highlights the artist’s significant contribution to the field of American art and shows how Dial’s work speaks to the most pressing issues of our time—including thewar in Iraq, 9/11, and s

Museum of International Folk Art
November 16, 2007 – May 11, 2008

Gee’s Bend is a small rural community nestled into a curve in the Alabama River southwest of Selma, Alabama.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
June 4 – September 4, 2006

In 2002 the inaugural exhibition The Quilts of Gee’s Bend documented the quiltmaking achievements of the African American community of Gee’s Bend, Alabama.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
September 25, 2005 - January 8, 2006

This groundbreaking exhibition follows the artist’s exploration of interlined topics, including a halting suite of works about September 11, 2001; contemporary ” history paintings” on life in America since the events of 9/11; homages to his friends, the women quilt makers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama,

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
September 6 – November 10, 2002

From its beginning at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Whitney Museum of American Art, The Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibition received unprecedented critical acclaim and brok

Michael C. Carlos Museum at City Hall East
June 29 - November 3, 1996

Souls Grown Deep: African-American Vernacular Art of the South, a groundbreaking exhibition of over 450 artworks by some 30 contemporary artitsts, highlighting a significant artistic tradition that has risen i

The New Museum / Museum of American Folk Art
November 17, 1993 - January 2, 1994

Thornton Dial: Image of the Tiger, guest curated by Thomas McEvilley, was presented simultaneously at The New Museum of Contemporary Art and the Museum of American Folk Art.