Southern Roots:The Paintings of Winfred Rembert

The Butler Institute of American Art

Dec. 23, 2024 - Feb. 17, 2019

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Youngstown, 44502
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This traveling exhibition of carved and dyed leather works by Winfred Rembert creates a vibrant, rhythmic imagery of the African American artist’s life in 1950’s-60’s Georgia. Featuring 29 works, including the premiere of several recent paintings by Rembert, the exhibition predominantly depicts the grueling task of cotton picking that the artist endured in childhood and later while on a prison chain gang. Rembert learned to work leather while serving seven years in state prison following an arrest from a 1960’s civil rights protest, a jail escape and near lynching. Years later, he turned his leather tooling skill to the creation of art as an outlet for the traumas of his life in the South. This exhibition was organized by the Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, Michigan, and is sponsored by Youngstown Live-The Mahoning County Convention and Visitors Bureau and by the Youngstown, OH Chapter of The Links, Inc.


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