YONKERS, NY (CBSNewYork) – A local art exhibit is number one on a list of the top 20 exhibits to see in the United States.
Welcome to the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers and the exhibit titled “African American Art in the 20th Century”.
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The publication “Black Art in America” chose the exhibition as the main must-see museum exhibition focusing on African American art in the country.
Museum director Masha Turchinsky was blown away.
“Quite simply, wow. We’re talking about a mighty cavalcade of names in America’s art pantheon, ”she told CBS2’s Cindy Hsu.
There are 43 paintings and sculptures by 34 black artists who rose to prominence from the 1920s and Harlem Renaissance, through to the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and beyond.
Jamel Robinson is the museum’s artist-in-residence.
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“These works are beautiful and they come from a time of pain,” he said. “From that pressure, we have these diamonds. “
Robinson was so moved that he created a piece called “Beauty from Ashes” in response to the work he saw in the exhibit.
“It’s a life changing experience. You walk into the museum one way, you experience all of these works and come out of it in another, ”he said.
All paintings and sculptures are from the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the exhibit in Yonkers is the only New York location on a nationwide tour.
“It’s just a great time for people to be able to come and see the Smithsonian collection, to know that they have the biggest collection and that part of it is here,” said Robinson.
He also says it’s an exhibit everyone should see.
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Only five museums across the country have been chosen to host the exhibit, and that will be at the Hudson River Museum until January 16.