STRANGE FRUITS VARIATIONS, LITHOGRAPHS ON PAPER, 1999
Clarke Atlanta University exhibits Professor Joseph Norman’s lithographs from his series Strange Fruit, Autumn Berlin, and Out at Home in an exhibition titled Joseph Norman: Variations of a Theme. The Clarke Atlanta University Art Museum revisits these works from their permanent collection until May 26, 2017. This grouping of his work is described by the CAU Art Museum:
“A recurring feature in the displayed series is the use of heavily loaded allegorical symbols and vegetation to indirectly encourage reflection on violence and sociopolitical injustices such as lynching and discrimination in American baseball. Exploiting the expressive possibilities of a black-and-white palette and dark tonalities, the artist sensitively renders visible the effects of American racism and oppressive environments.”
Professor Norman’s works are housed in some of America’s most important museums and public collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the National Gallery and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. Norman holds an MFA from the University of Cincinnati and an MA in Art Education from the University of Illinois.