MWPAI celebrates JuneTeenth with new exhibit

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UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — Emma Amos: Color Odyssey is the latest Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute exhibit opening this Saturday, June 19th. Amos was an African American artist who challenged society with her works of art on topics like race, gender and privilege.

“We typically open our summer exhibitions in the middle of June and the fact that this is work by an African American artist makes it so perfect that our opening day would be Juneteenth, Mary Murray, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at MWPAI said. “I’m just so over the moon about it.”

The Color Odyssey exhibit looks back at 60 years of work by Amos and the exhibition was organized by the Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia. Munson Williams was contacted by the Georgia Museum two years ago, because of their Amos painting titled “Godzilla” the museum then asked if they would like to be one of the venues to host the exhibit. Murray believes that there is something for everyone in Amos’s collection.

“Emma Amos worked in various art media, she was a printmaker and a painter and also a professional fabric and textile artist she wove her own fabrics,” Murray explained. 

Amos came from African, European and Cherokee descent, and many of her art pieces depict her heritage and the struggles that came along with being a multiracial woman.

“Her paintings have a narrative,” Murray said. “In some cases, she is interested in talking about civil rights and feminism but also there are portraits of friends and family and people she admired like Thurgood Marshall.”

This exhibition has an admission fee but Sundays are free for Utica residents the Arts Institute will also be hosting a Juneteenth celebration this Sunday, June 20th from 2-4.

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