Romare Bearden Fundation




                      Romare Bearden:

The Soul of Blackness/ A Centennial Tribute  

                            Romare Bearden: The Soul of Blackness/A Centennial Tribute

July 15-Jan 7, 2012

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture 515 Malcolm X Boulevard, NYC.


                     Color and Construction:

    The Intimate Vision of Romare Bearden 


November 2– December 9, 2011

Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery- The W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research Harvard University.


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From Process to Print: Graphics Works by Romare Bearden 

NOW AT: The Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio. January 26, 2012

This exhibition of Bearden's print work, organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation, first opened at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine from October 1, 2009-January 3, 2010. The show then traveled to the Reginald  F. Lewis Museum in Baltimore; the Chicago Cultural Center; Austin Museum of Art. In 2011 it will travel to the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco; the August Wilson Center for African American Culture in Pittsburgh, and the Nelson- Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri. After Ohio it moves to the Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and the Hyde Collection in Glen Falls, NY.

Focusing in depth on his graphic oeuvre, From Process to Print (renamed for this special presentation at the Nelson-Atkins Museum) offers the unique opportunity to examine his printmaking process as Bearden worked and re-worked familiar images and themes. Consisting of over 75 works, the exhibition includes both series and individual prints in varied print mediums; collages and photomontages that inspired some of the prints and plates; and matrixes that demonstrate the processes behind the touring works.

Considering Bearden's approach to printmaking as influenced by his collaborations with master printmakers, From Process to Print brings to light the key themes and motifs (trains, family life, rituals, urban scenes, jazz and mythology) and their role in the expansion of Bearden's artistic imagination.

The exhibition is available for tour through 2012 and is accompanied by a major publication with essays by art historians and master printmakers who worked with the artist.

The tour of this exhibition is managed by Landau Traveling Exhibitions of Los Angeles, California.

For the exhibition website click here


Romare Bearden:Artist as Activist


        April 28-July 22, 2011            

Organized by the Romare Bearden Foundation with guest curators C. Daniel Dawson and Robert G. O'Meally

            at the Nathan Cummings Foundation                 475 Tenth Avenue, NYC


Since moving to our new location the Bearden Foundation has discontinued presenting exhibitions in our space. Please look out for exhibitions organized by us in collaboration with our partners.

Bearden in the 1960s at the Bearden Foundation Gallery (formerly in our space on 7th Avenue) March- July 2006. The artwork created in the decade between 1960-70 is important to understanding why the artist is now known as one of the greatest innovators of the collage medium. Among the works included are abstract paintings on canvas, an early Matisse-like “Le Cirque”, and photomontage from the “Projection” series.

Conjuring Bearden, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, March 4, 2006 – July 16, 2006.

This exhibition, conceived by Duke University Professor Richard J. Powell, is the first to explore in Bearden's art the theme of the “conjure" woman. Through a combination of spiritual interventions, psychology and herbalism, the "conjurer" or the Caribbean “Obeah Man" transforms the world.  This focused and thematic presentation of Bearden's interest in African American spirituality is related to his artistic experimentations with form and technique. It traced his visual musings on African, Caribbean and African American expressive mysticism and examines his magical re-invention – via the collage and photomontage – of pictorial space and time.

The Unseen Romare Bearden, a special exhibition of drawings, paintings and prints from the collection of New York collectors and alumnus Russell Goings, Jr., and Evelyn Boulware, was presented at Xavier University in the Xavier University Art Gallery, Cincinnati, Ohio. The exhibit ran from September 24 - November 4, 2005. For more information, contact Xavier University at 513-745-3811 or visit

Romare Bearden: Enchanter in Time, an exhibition of prints organized by the Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC, explores Bearden's fascination with the past and use of myths and symbols from the African-American experience. The exhibit was on view from October 29, 2005 - February 5, 2006 at the James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA. For more information, visit

The Art of Romare Bearden

Organized by the National Gallery of Art and curated by Ruth Fine, this exhibition toured five major museums in the United States (September 2003 - April 2005). The Art of Romare Bearden was the most comprehensive retrospective ever assembled of the artist's large body of work. The exhibition contained approximately 130 works that explored the complexity and scope of Bearden's evolution and featured many rarely exhibited and/or never before seen works from private collections.

The exhibition was organized into several sections: Origins, Circa 1964, Mecklenburg Memories, The City and Its Music, Stories, Women, Monotypes, Collaborations, and Late Work. The exhibition was accompanied by a comprehensive 334-page catalogue (The Art of Romare Bearden) published by the National Gallery of Art in association with Harry N. Abrams, New York, and a new documentary on Romare Bearden, also produced by the National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery Exhibition and National Tour was made possible with generous support from AT&T. See the panel of museums to the right for a list of venues and schedules.

Something All Out Own: The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art

The first time that a major American athlete has exhibited nationally a personal art collection of this scale and magnitude, The Grant Hill Collection includes 46 works by outstanding African-American artists. Several pieces by Romare Bearden are in the Collection, including Serenade (1941), Number 9 (1961), Seed Time (1969) and They That Are Delivered From the Noise of the Archers (1942), which was on tour with The Art of Romare Bearden exhibition. The Grant Hill Collection of African American Art also ran at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, March 4, 2006 – July 16, 2006.

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Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic and Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik tour the Art of Romare Bearden exhibition at the National Gallery.
(watch a video of their tour)






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