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Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (Philadelphia, PA 19102-1424)
Anna O. Marley (Project Director: August 2010 to June 2013)
Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit

Planning for a traveling exhibition, a catalog, a children's book, and public programs on African American painter Henry Ossawa Tanner.

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) requests a $300,000 NEH AHCO grant supporting implementation of the exhibition and accompanying publication for "Henry Ossawa Tanner: Modern Spirit," exploring the personal journey of Tanner (an alumnus of PAFA's School) toward artistic identity and the historical milieu that made his internationally lauded career possible. The exhibition's 114 objects will be displayed in PAFA's 7,000-square-foot exhibition space, organized not chronologically, but geographically -- around the places that were central to Tanner’s development and artistic output: I. Tanner in America, II. Tanner and Modern Painting in Paris: The Academy and the Salon, III. Tanner in the French Countryside, and IV. Tanner in North Africa and the Holy Land. The exhibition and catalog will dramatically advance scholarly understanding of Tanner’s distinguished career. PAFA's exhibition will run January - April 2012, and then tour to museums in Atlanta and Houston.

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Project fields:
Art History and Criticism

America's Historical and Cultural Organizations: Implementation Grants

Public Programs

$250,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2011 – 3/31/2013