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James A. Porter Gallery Grand Opening Poster

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James Amos Porter
c. 1970
ink on paper
20 × 16 in. (50.8 × 40.6 cm)
This poster commemorates the grand opening and dedication of the James A. Porter Gallery, celebrated in memory of the art historian and artist at Howard University on December 4, 1970. Artist and art historian James A. Porter (1905–1970) had served the University in various capacities during his forty-year tenure as a professor, chairman of the art department, and director of the art gallery. The program for the opening describes the event: “This exhibition of artwork from the collection of the Howard University Galleries of Art is at once the inauguration of gallery policy and a salute/celebration to an uncommon man of visionary genius.”
The poster is printed in blue ink on a pale blue background. On the left, two Black male figures wearing togas blow into trumpets. The text provides information on the date and dedication of the grand opening, as well as the gallery’s hours.
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