|A major retrospective including some 60 prints and 30 drawings and watercolors by Dox Thrash documents for the first time the artistic achievements of an important African American artist who rose to national prominence during the late 1930s. Dox Thrash (1893 - 1965) was born and raised in Griffin, Georgia, fought in France during World War I, and studied at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago between 1914 to 1923. After his Chicago years, the artist lived for a time in Boston and New York (during the heyday of the Harlem Renaissance), before settling in Philadelphia around 1926.|
The exhibition focuses on the WPA years and the 1940s and 1950s, when Thrash's prints and drawings were shown in major cities across the United States. Drawn from public and private collections, the selected works exhibit the range of the artist's poetic imagery: childhood memories of the rural south, hard times in the urban north, patriotic war work, sensuous nude studies, as well as lively scenes of his community and its residents.