Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

2009
$160,000

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Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool installation at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Barkley L. Hendricks: Birth of the Cool was the first career retrospective for this American figurative painter of African descent, who was born and educated in Philadelphia. Organized by the Nasher Museum at Duke University, the exhibition presented 57 paintings, which the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA) augmented with 10 works from local private collections. PAFA's presentation featured extensive public programming, including lectures with the artist and curator, concerts, video screenings, storytelling, and workshops.