Friday, March 2nd, 5pm to 9pm March 2, 2012


Join us Friday Night at NOMA as we celebrate the exhibition opening of Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial. Where Y’Art!? programming includes:

  • 5pm to 8pm: Art Making Activity with NOMA
  • 6pm to 8:30pm: Music by Shades of Praise
  • 6pm to 8pm: Book signing by Lin Emery in Museum Shop
  • 6:45pm: Walk through and discussion of Hard Truths with Joanne Cubbs, Curator of American Art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

About Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial
Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial highlights the artist’s significant contribution to the field of American art and shows how Dial’s work speaks to the most pressing issues of our time-including the war in Iraq, 9/11, and social issues like racism and homelessness. The exhibition presents over 40 of Dial’s large-scale paintings, drawings and found-object sculptures. Spanning twenty years of his work as an artist, it is the most extensive showing of his art ever mounted and is organized by the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

About Joanne Cubbs
Joanne Cubbs is adjunct curator of American art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the organizer of the Hard Truths exhibition. An art historian and cultural critic whose numerous exhibitions and publications have contributed to a broader understanding of contemporary art produced beyond the boundaries of the mainstream art world, Cubbs was founding curator of the Folk Art Department at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta. Most recently, she was a co-editor and contributing author of the books Thornton Dial in the 21st Century, which accompanied an exhibition organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2005, and Gee’s Bend: The Architecture of the Quilt.

About Shades of Praise
Shades of Praise: New Orleans’ Interracial Gospel Choir promotes harmony by blending cultures and voices in a dynamic, interracial gospel choir. Rather than singing different gospel traditions, the choir sings contemporary gospel music in an African American style.

Founded in October, 2000 by a theologian from Loyola University and a well-known New Orleans jazz vocalist, the choir engaged the services of an experienced and highly regarded gospel choirmaster, Mr. Albert Bemiss.

Members of the choir come from different religious traditions, different New Orleans neighborhoods, different countries and a wide spectrum of professional backgrounds. Shades of Praise is proud to call itself a community choir.

In learning to sing together, to praise and give thanks, and to do so with enthusiasm, grace and style, the choir brings healing to its members and to its audiences.

About Lin Emery
“My sculpture is kinetic, meaning that it moves. The elements are derived from nature, and I borrow natural elements – wind, water, magnets – to set them in motion. The rhythms are influenced by infinite variables: the points of balance, the normal frequency of each form, the interruption of the counterpoise. I juggle, juxtapose, and adjust to achieve the dance or pantomime that I want. Then the sculpture takes over and invents a fillip of its own.”

Programming for the opening night of Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial is sponsored by the Macy’s Foundation.

This event is related to the exhibition Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial.