5 - 9 p.m. August 29, 2014


This Friday Night at NOMA, Dr. Rebecca Lee Reynolds and Dr. Sara Hollis will each be giving lectures on Hale Woodruff and his murals for Talladega College. If you haven’t seen the exhibition Rising Up yet, now’s your chance.

  • 5-8 p.m.: Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Arpa Quartet
  • 6 p.m.: Lecture with Dr. Rebecca Lee Reynolds, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Department, University of New Orleans: “Murals as Public Address: The Hale Woodruff Murals in Context”
  • 7:30 p.m.: Lecture with Dr. Sara Hollis, Doctor of Arts, Professor, SUNO: “Hale Woodruff and the Atlanta University Collection”

About Murals as Public Address: The Hale Woodruff Murals in Context

This lecture looks at the art historical context of Hale Woodruff’s murals for Talladega College by tracing how the mural genre has been used by artists as a form of public address to comment on current issues and propagate social change. Looking at Renaissance period frescoes, the Mexican Muralists and WPA murals in the early 20th century, and identity-based projects in the 1960s-70s, the lecture argues that murals function as a space to build and express an alternative to mainstream narratives.

About Hale Woodruff and the Atlanta University Collection

From Dr. Sara Hollis: “Hale Woodruff was a wonderful artist and he made sure that the doors that he opened for himself were wide enough for other African American artists. He started the Atlanta University Collection, one of the finest in the country, by holding an exhibition every year which gave purchase prizes for the winners. I was able to do research in the collection for my dissertation at Atlanta University and am in awe of the cross-section it provides of well-known African American artists.”

About Arpa Quartet

One of our most popular performers, Patrice Fisher and the Arpa Quartet returns to NOMA to continue the celebration of the exhibition Behind Closed Doors: Art in the Spanish American Home, 1492-1898.

This event is related to the exhibition Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College.