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February 2015

Exhibit: Eye Contact – African American Portraits

February 1 - February 28
Main Library,
111 Library St NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States
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Joshua Johnson (1763-1824) or Johnson as some call him, is often viewed as the first person of color to make a living as a painter in the United States. He is known for his paintings of prominent Baltimore residents while still a slave. Johnson received his freedom in 1782 and began advertising himself as a portrait painter or limner. African American artists have used his portrait painting as a method of conveying their history and continue today with contemporary artists…

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