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From the Permanent Collection, the Artists of the Spiral Collective, 1963-1965

From the Permanent Collection, the Artists of the Spiral Collective, 1963-1965

January 18, 2016 – September 18, 2016

Location: Community Gallery

In 1963 Hale Woodruff and Romare Bearden began an alliance of artists who met weekly to discuss their work, politics and civil rights. The Spiral Collective came together to create meaningful dialogue on contemporary social issues and the role of the artist in meaningful social change. This Collective exhibited only once in New York in 1965, before disbanding. This exhibition looks at the brief activities of the group and includes works by Bearden, Woodruff, Robert Alston, Norman Lewis, Alvin Hollingsworth, and others—before and after their time in the Spiral Collective.


Romare Bearden, Blue Projection, 1965, Permanent Collection of the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum